"We're still going to go a few days until we see where we are with that ruling with the waiver," Nutt said, acknowledging he wasn't concerned. "I'm just glad we got three. All three of them can play."
While there were no new developments at quarterback, Nutt said he was pretty pleased with the team's first practice since classes began Monday.
"Had a good day today, except towards the end," Nutt said. "We turned the ball over and had a bad snap. We got to take care of the ball. For the most part, it was a good day off for them to get accustomed to school. They've got to adjust to that."
Of little concern to Nutt are his running backs. Ole Miss seemingly has a stable with Brandon Bolden, Enrique Davis, Rodney Scott and newcomer Jeff Scott. Somewhat surprisingly, however, is another candidate has emerged – veteran Devin Thomas.
"He has a real role," Nutt said of Thomas. "He'll be on special teams and there are about four formations where he'll be involved."
Ole Miss received its 17th verbal commitment today from Callaway offensive lineman Aaron Morris. Morris, rated a three-star guard by Scout.com, is the fifth of 12 members from the Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen to commit to Ole Miss.
Nutt was asked about his successful in-state recruiting so far.
"It's been really good," he said. "I'm just so excited. I'm proud of the ones that we've got, starting with this signing class we have on the field. And now I'm really excited about having this many commitments here in August. Quality, quality players. I'm really pumped."
* On the injury front, senior safety Fon Ingram was in street clothes today, as were freshmen linebackers Mike Marry and Ralph Williams. Marry has "a tough hamstring pull," according to Nutt, while Williams was "dealing with compliance work." Ingram, still sporting a noticeable limp, is expected to get his knee scoped Thursday. Ingram tore the lateral meniscus in his knee in Saturday's full-contact scrimmage, and is expected to miss anywhere from two to four weeks. Freshman cornerback Cliff Coleman remains in a boot and on crutches with a stress fracture in his foot.
* In Ingram's absence, junior college transfer Damien Jackson was moved to the first team.
Jackson, who has been impressive since his arrival from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, isn't swayed by the reality of having to start immediately. Actually, he's ready for it.
"I expect to play. I expect to win. I expect my team to come out and give their all effort. I'm giving my all effort," he said.
Jackson was backed by true freshman Brishen Mathews. Terrell Grant was moved back to wide receiver today, where Nutt felt he was better suited, and replaced by Dele Junaid. Though an obvious assessment, when one safety goes down, the depth chart gets awfully thin.
* Freshman defensive end Delvin Jones, finally cleared to practice last week, was in full gear today and participating in drills. He's every bit of his listed 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, and carries it well, as was evidenced in one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lines. Jones battled junior tackle Logan Clair to a stalemate in his first try, but showed his youth when Clair was able to get his hands inside Jones' shoulder pads, control his movement and force Jones to the outside. Even still, the young Miami, Fla. product has the look of a promising defensive lineman and will be one to watch for in the future.
* Tony Grimes joined Jones amongst the recently cleared. The talented freshman cornerback, a key signee for Nutt and staff in the 2010 recruiting class, is already impressing cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn. Vaughn may rely on Grimes as early as Jacksonville State, praising his instincts and uncharacteristically aware, at least for a true freshman, knowledge of football concepts.
"We're going to try and get him ready," Vaughn said.
"He's a very, very smart kid, a football-smart kid. It's amazing just the things he understands already. He does a good job. That attributes a lot to him. He's got a good skill set. Right now, I'm following him around on the field. I'm going to step to the side and see what he can retain on his own, if he can recognize formations and make checks on his own. We'll see in the next couple of days."
* Senior long snapper Wesley Phillips returned to practice, and was immediately cast into the starting lineup, though with limited to no contact. Phillips, whose experience at the position is invaluable, supplanted true freshman Will Denny. Denny filled in admirably over the last two weeks, but Phillips was long considered the heir apparent to long-tenured long snapper Preston Powers. Phillips' availability allows some maturation time for Denny in the team's strength and conditioning program.
* Ole Miss returns to the practice fields Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. As with the remaining practices leading up the season opener against Jacksonville State Sept. 4, it's closed to the public.