Obviously the third-year Rebel head coach, with an 18-8 mark at Ole Miss, is ready to coach some more football.
"It's hard to believe it's game week, but we're excited about it," said Nutt, whose team faces Jacksonville State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. "I know our players are. They've had a long camp. They're ready to hit somebody else."
They'll be hitting a Gamecock team from northern Alabama coached by an old friend of Nutt's.
JSU head coach Jack Crowe was the head coach at the University of Arkansas and hired Nutt back in 1990 as an assistant.
"We're very respectful of Jacksonville State and the job Jack Crowe has done," Nutt said. "They've got some very good athletes. They did an excellent job at Florida State last year (a 19-9 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee). They did an excellent job throughout the year (finishing 8-3 for second straight season).
"They've won some OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) championships (two in Crowe's 10 years at JSU). They're a talented group." But in all honestly, and admittedly so, Nutt is more concerned with the Rebels heading into game one.
"We've had a very good camp. Besides (senior safety) Fon Ingram (knee scope; out of action 2-4 weeks), we've been pretty healthy. It's been pretty good.
"Our offensive line has improved. I can't wait to see them play. I'm anxious to see how far they've come. We've still got a little ways to go. But it comes to a point in time you've got to put them out there and let them go play.
"Defensively we've been leaning on those guys. It's pretty evident when you see the guys they voted for. Our captains (SS Johnny Brown, LB Jonathan Cornell, DE Kentrell Lockett, DT Jerrell Powe, and WR Lionel Breaux) are predominately defense. Most of our guys that have played, the older guys, are on the defensive side. So that makes sense."
The first question asked by a member of the media, with some 30 in attendance, was no surprise, since Nutt had not addressed the quarterback situation in his opening remarks.
When did he expect to have the NCAA resolve the Jeremiah Masoli situation?
"I don't know when," he said concerning when the signal-caller who played at Oregon, leading them to this year's Rose Bowl, might suit up for the Rebels now that he is attending classes as a graduate student at Ole Miss.
"I'm expecting today, tomorrow, the next day, at the latest," Nutt continued.
Nutt said since Masoli hasn't been approved by the NCAA for this Saturday's game yet, he's getting the other two quarterbacks ready for action.
"Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey. Both those guys, we're not afraid to put them in a game. Jeremiah has raised everybody's level. There's nothing like competition. It makes everybody better.
"Nathan has gotten better. Randall can really throw the ball. I'm glad we have these three guys. I'm just hoping Jeremiah's deal works out. But right now you have to prepare for Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey.
"The good thing about Jeremiah is he's got seasons under his belt. He's been to a Rose Bowl. He's been to a Holiday Bowl. So it's not like he's green or just a rookie. You can tell that. He's been there before."
Here are Nutt's comments from the remainder of Monday's press conference.
On his relationship through the years with Crowe of JSU: "I have awesome respect for Coach Crowe. He hired me in 1990. He's a very intelligent, offensive mind. He's been an assistant a lot of places before he was a head coach. He's been in the SEC. He understands it. His success doesn't surprise me. A very good person. We've talked quite regularly and have always had a good relationship. In fact, he was the first one to tell me we were playing a year or two ago. Looking forward to seeing him."
On the center situation: "It's been back and forth and is still ongoing. Evan Swindall and A.J. Hawkins both are going to play, most likely. It's been a good day for A.J. and a good day for Evan. That's what youth and inexperience does. There've been some growing pains. But they've gotten better, and they'll go fight and compete."
On how difficult it is to move centers in and out like that: "It is. We haven't done that very much. We've got to get in a rhythm, a flow. Hopefully we're executing when the lights come on, in front of people. Both of them have competed very hard. The snap's been pretty good lately, knock on wood."
On the remainder of the offensive line: "It's a group that hasn't really played very much together. Feel really good. Bradley Sowell had an excellent camp. Quick feet. Finishing the block. Going to the whistle. I love Bobby Massie's effort. Alex Washington's lost a lot of weight and worked really hard. Michael Brown is backing him up. Rishaw (Johnson) has come on and gotten better. Jared Duke was in the mix until he got a concussion. Chris Gill is another guy who could play center or guard. Logan Clair, Emmanuel McCray, Chase Hughes.
On Kentrell Lockett's situation with heart fluttering: "I think it's just more precautionary than anything. His heart got to racing Saturday. He brought that attention to (trainer) Tim Mullins very quickly and they did a good job getting him off the field. He had it about two years ago.
More on Lockett: "Hoping to get him back on the field. He's an excellent captain and a tremendous leader for us. A difference maker and we need him back out there. (More info will be available) tomorrow."
On the challenges of playing two QBs: "It's a little different. You have packages. With a young offensive line, you don't want to be too complicated. You want to look complicated but be simple so everybody can play fast. That's the key. I have a lot of confidence in what we're going to do with each of them. Now it just comes down to execution, taking care of the ball, throwing it to our guys, making the right choices. We're not going to overload their plate with a lot of different things."
More on the QBs: "They all have strengths. Randall is very elusive and quick and has escapibility. He can throw the ball and is very comfortable in the shotgun. But you can move the launching point with him. You can dash him and sprint him and he feels comfortable with that."
On the improvement Stanley and Randall have made because of Masoli being in camp: "You could tell the focus was at another level, the intensity. Jeremiah brings that experience to the field, the way he studies the gameplan and watches film. Everybody raised their level in the meeting room and on the practice field with Jeremiah because of his habits."
On Tig Barksdale playing for JSU Saturday: "I wish nothing but the best for Tig. I have a special place in my heart for Tig and his family. They know that. I actually helped with the process...I thought it would be a really good fit for Coach Crowe and Tig. I want him to do good. I don't want him to do real, real good. But I want him to do good."
On WRs: "Feel a lot better. Melvin Harris. Lionel Breaux. Jesse Grandy. Korvic Neat. Derrick Herman. Markeith Summers. Ja-Mes Logan.
On freshman RB Jeff Scott: "Lot of potential. We know he can do it Friday nights. Now he has to take it to Saturday. He has tremendous quickness. He can hit the hole in a hurry. He gets through traffic in a hurry. He's made a lot of runs in this fall camp. I'm anxious to see how he responds."
On freshman LB Mike Marry (lingering hamstring injury): "Doesn't look good for this first game. Something could change Wednesday or Thursday. That really hurts us. He was in the two-deep and was coming on."
On Damien Jackson and Brishen Matthews: "I'm glad we've got both of them; two good recruiting signees. Of course Damien being here in the spring really helped. He has taken off. Brishen still has a little ways to go learning-wise. But he'll play Saturday. We're excited about both of them."
On true freshmen who might play Saturday, in addition to Swindall and Matthews: "Charles Sawyer, of course he's a redshirt freshman. Clarence Jackson has been outstanding and will be on special teams and in the rotation at linebacker. Cameron Whigham is in the two-deep and he'll probably play. Jeff Scott definitely."