BLOG — Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was visibly excited about the start of the 2011 football season and ready to talk about his newcomers as the Rebels start practice on Saturday.Nutt outlined his vision for the 2011 signing class, that includes such players as linebacker C.J. Johnson, wide receiver Nick Brassell from South Panola and cornerback Senquez Golson.
A lot is expected from this group of freshmen, immediately in some cases, and Nutt said the vast majority of them have been here the entire summer working out, which shows how dedicated they are to turning the Rebels’ fortunes around from last season.
“I’ve really been so impressed with them really since the first time they stepped foot on campus during January for the official visits. I’ve been really impressed, again starting with their moms, and the way they’ve been raised and the way they’ve gone about the work. They’ve had really good listening skills,” Nutt said. “It’s really an exciting group. It sends such a message the recruiting year that we did have. They still feel that same thing we told them in the living rooms that hey, this can be the group that can make this place very special. If we stay here together for the next four years, it can be real special.”
Nutt said that DE signee Kameron Wood did not report with the rest of his class due to an injured shoulder. He said doctors where checking on his health and while he will be with the program, it’s not known currently if he will be with the team this fall or in January. Another player who is still working on getting cleared is Georgia DB signee Denzel Nkemdiche.
“Everybody is just about back. We got a couple of guys that got a few things left to do. Nkemdiche is one of those guys but we expect him here soon. We’re just about done,” Nutt said, who added Nkemdiche attended both summer school sessions. “This is the best we’ve ever done acadmeically. When you have this many guys that all make it. I’m really excited about that and that helps our numbers out.” (August 4, 2011)