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Rebs have quick practice on Day 2

BLOG: Ole Miss practiced for just over 90 minutes today because of a heat index of around 110 degrees.

Here’s a couple quick notes before I get started on some work for tomorrow’s EAGLE:

For the second day in a row freshmen showed why they were ranked as high as they were, continuing to impress.

—The player that stood out to me the most was South Panola’s Nick Brassell if for no other reason than the basic fact he was practicing at receiver, then turning around and running through drills with the corner backs. Quite an accomplishment considering other teammates were needing additional attention from trainers to make it through the shortened practice.

In addition to making a nice catch down the sideline against tight pressure from corner back Wesley Pendleton, Brassell also had a pick-six during 7-on-7 drills.

—I got to see Northwest Miss. C.C. transfer (formerly at Oklahoma State) Jamal Mosley in person for the first time today. He looks the part. As some of the fellow scribes mentioned, if he can catch it like he’s supposed to be able to, he’ll be a player to watch on offense.

—Speaking of offensive playmakers, Jeff Scott looked like he’ll be able to carry over the success he had last season. The sophomore ripped off big runs each time I noticed him take the ball. It’s an understatement to say he’s quick.

—It was probably a combination of any number of things — seeing as it was just the second practice of the summer — but there was a pretty high number of interceptions during the 7-on-7 drills and scrimmage at the end of practice. Each of the three QBs in contention for playing time (Barry Brunetti, Zack Stoudt and Randall Mackey) had at least one interception.

—For the second day in a row Brishen Mathews practiced with the linebackers. He played at safety as a true freshman last season. From what I can gather, because of the surge in numbers at safety — and the lack of depth at linebacker — the coaching staff is trying out the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Arkansas native at LB.

Houston Nutt was asked about the play of sophomore guard Patrick Junen.

“Patrick is doing really well. It seems like he has a better grasp of things right now as far as terminology, communication with his center and pulling. I’m anxious to get the pads on Monday and see how he hopefully carries that over,” he said.

—On the flip side of that, freshman Justin Bell looked, well, like a freshmen. Not that OL coach Mike Markuson is one to smother players with complements, but he seemed to really get onto Bell when I was standing around the big men. I’m sure it’s just part of adjusting to the SEC.

Check Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for more from the weekend. Monday is also Ole Miss’ media day, so there should be plenty to talk/tweet/write about in the coming days. (August 7, 2011)

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