Ole Miss wore full pads for the first time during the preseason today and the offensive line took full advantage of the additional protection.
Coach Houston Nutt said he was proud of how his first team offensive line, specifically Alex Washington, Bradley Sowell, A.J. Hawkins and Rishaw Johnson, stepped up.
“That was encouraging,” he said.
LEADING THE ATTACK: Taking full advantage of the holes the line was creating was running back Jeff Scott.
Nutt noticed the freshman, who several times was able to hit creases and break away from tacklers, and stopped just short of comparing him to a couple other running backs he used to coach.
“I don’t want to use their names just yet,” he said. “Let’s don’t rush it.”
MR. ACCURACY: Also receiving praise from Nutt was junior college transfer Randall Mackey.
While Nutt said all three quarterbacks are currently equal, he did gush about Mackey’s release and accuracy — obviously two important attributes of any successful signal caller.
“I’ve never seen anyone be as accurate as he is in the first five days, anybody,” he said. “This guy can throw the football.”
Nutt went on to say that he has not decided how snaps will be divided between the trio of quarterbacks in the fall’s first scrimmage on Saturday, but expects to make a decision on Friday.
NOT IN — YET: Freshman defensive tackle Bryon Bennett was at practice today. Unfortunately for the Rebels, he wasn’t dressed out because he has yet to be cleared to play. Instead of pads, Bennett was in normal street clothes.
“It gets more frustrating every day,” Nutt said. “Seeing Bryon Bennett walking around just makes you mad that he can’t be out here getting some of this because he wants out here in the worst way. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer and we’ll get him out here.”
INJURY REPORT: Freshman linebacker Mike Marry and cornerback Cliff Coleman once again missed practice due to injury. Coleman still had a black walking boot on his right foot, and Nutt said Marry’s hamstring injury was more serious than origionally thought. Nutt added that Marry could end up missing a couple of days.
The team will get back on the practice field Friday at 5:20 p.m. and will hold its scrimmage on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (August 12, 2010)