SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — One of the leaders of the Ole Miss defense, senior end Kentrell Lockett, will miss Saturday’s season opener against Jacksonville State due to an irregular heartbeat.Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Lockett was in Cleveland, Ohio undergoing tests that could determine the reason why Lockett’s heart is beating out of rhythm. Nutt said after Tuesday’s practice that the captain from Hahnville, La., would not play against the Gamecocks.
“We had a pretty big blow with Kentrell Lockett not being here,” Nutt said. “That was a captain (that’s not here) and that was a blow.”
Ole Miss’ head trainer, Tim Mullins, said there was no official diagnosis with Lockett.
“The situation we’ve got is a rhythm problem. He first started experiencing the problem during the scrimmage on Saturday,” Mullins said. “We immediately took him off the field and Dr. (Jeff) Dennis and Dr. (Chuck) Hill, doctors here in town, did a great job of stabilizing him and making sure everything was ok. We had several rhythm specialists involved in things on Saturday and again on Sunday. We saw two different doctors today in Memphis and after seeing the specialists in Memphis, we flew him up to Cleveland Clinic this morning.
“He’s up there to let the best look at him. We don’t know anything right now. He will go through a battery of tests. Once we have a final diagnosis, we’ll be able to talk about it more.”
With Lockett out of the mix at one of the end spots, Nutt said sophomore Gerald Rivers will start opposite Wayne Dorsey on Saturday. (August 31, 2010)