BLOG: It’s looking like the Rebels will likely be without senior running backs Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis next weekend when they host Southern Illinois.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said on his weekly Sunday teleconference that both running backs are scheduled to have MRIs tomorrow.
“I still don’t have the latest,” he said. “Brandon is in a boot right now, so he’s going to be doubtful for this week. I’m a little bit more hopeful about Enrique, but we won’t know until Monday.”
Nutt later clarified that Davis has a hyper-extended knee and Bolden has an ankle injury.
“Probably a fractured ankle but don’t know for sure yet,” he said. “Not 100 percent.”
Following the 14-13 loss to BYU, Nutt said the team may have to look at other options at running back if Davis and Bolden are to miss an extended period of time and mentioned both freshman safety Chief Brown and sophomore receiver Korvic Neat by name.
Nutt said today the team is still trying to figure things out.
“We’re still in discussions right now, talking about some things,” he said. “We don’t know for sure. We have to talk to the players. Right now the players are lifting weights, so we want to talk to them first.”
Asked specifically about junior Devin Thomas, who had one carry for three yards while also catching a pass for five yards, Nutt said he still has some work to do.
“He did some good things for us, caught a good ball there,” he said. “We just have to keep working on our blocking protection. We have to get better at that. Overall he did a good job for us.”
Nutt also wasn’t commital when asked if play calling would have to change if Bolden and Davis are out.
“We’ll continue to try and get better at what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re going to have to look around and see who all is available first.”
Expect more to come to light about the running back situation tomorrow when Nutt holds his weekly press conference at 1:45 p.m.
WHAT ABOUT THE QUARTERBACKS? Nutt reiterated during the teleconference what he said during post-game interviews about the play of quarterback Zack Stoudt.
“Zack Stoudt gave us a lift. I thought he did some good things for us, threw the ball well, made the right checks,” he said. “He just has to continue to get better like all of them. We’ll keep evaluating that position and keep working starting today.”
In his first game as a Rebel, Stoudt completed 13 of 25 passes for 140 yards in relief of starter Barry Brunetti.
Nutt added that suspended quarterback Randall Mackey will get “some reps” this week. (September 4, 2011)