Head coach Houston Nutt talked about Saturday’s scrimmage after practice, but the biggest news of the day involved junior linebacker D.T. Shackelford, who sustained a knee injury during the practice. An immediate diagnosis was not known right after practice and results from an MRI performed were expected to be released today.
After watching film of the scrimmage, Nutt said he was pleased with his team and keyed on several player’s improve performance.
“Each day, except for a couple of practices, we have gotten better,” Nutt said. “The film from Saturday showed a lot of improvement. Enrique Davis had an outstanding practice. Bradley Sowell and Bobby Massie both showed a lot of effort. Matt Hall really stepped up at right guard; I’m really proud of him. Defensively, we had about four or five starters out, but some guys stepped up into their place. Ralph Williams really stood out with his tackling. Clarence Jackson and Charles Sawyer have also stepped up. Wesley Pendleton has also had a really good spring.”
Nutt also updated the status of senior running Brandon Bolden, who suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Brandon had a really tough ankle injury on the goal line. It’s pretty swollen and he has been running hard all spring, so we will probably hold him for a little while.”
In the Rebels’ quarterback competition, Nutt noted the accuracy of junior-college transfer Zack Stoudt. He also praised the poise Barry Brunetti and Randall Mackey have shown in recent practices.
“I thought Zack threw the ball extremely well today and he was very accurate. Randall Mackey and Barry Brunetti keep coming,” Nutt said. “We put a little more shotgun work in this week and that is where they shine. I’m really proud of how they have handled the amount we have thrown at them. We just have to keep improving and playing faster.”
Today’s practice is tentatively scheduled for 4:05 on the practice fields. (April 12, 2011, Page 1B)