BLOG: As if Monday’s news wasn’t enough to handle, there were rumors floating around throughout today that Ole Miss standout freshman receiver/cornerback Nickolas Brassell would not be available this weekend against Louisiana Tech.
Following practice today, I asked Houston Nutt about Brassell’s status and here is what the he had to say:
“He’ll be available. Him and (junior tight end Jamal) Mosley got their house broken into and got a lot of things stolen. What we try to teach them, though, is you handle it. You handle it face on. You report it to the police… that doesn’t mean you can miss Sunday. And so, he missed Sunday. He’ll pay for that and be ready to go. He won’t start, but he’ll be available.”
Nutt later clarified the incident in question happened over the weekend while the Rebels were at Kentucky.
Brassell has played exceptionally well for the Rebels this season, finding time to start on offense and even receive a bulk of the playing time on defense.
The former South Panola star has rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries, caught 22 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned his lone punt return 84 yards for a touchdown.
Defensively, Brassell began the year as more of a “cat coverage” defensive back (As in… see that cat? Go cover him.), but in part because of a season-ending injury to Marcus Temple, the freshman has seen his role expanded as a defensive back.
INJURY UPDATE: Nutt said Mosley is “pretty close” to a torn meniscus and so his status for this weekend’s Homecoming game is in question.
“I think he’s getting a little more range of motion, so I’m hoping he’ll be available by Saturday but we’re not sure,” Nutt said. “Right now we’ll say Ferbia (Allen) will start and Layton (Jones) behind him and we’ll see how much (Mosley) progresses in the next few days.”
SAWYER NOMINATED: It was announced earlier today that sophomore safety Charles Sawyer has been nominated for the 2011 Conerly Trophy. Below is the release from the university:
“Ole Miss sophomore defensive back Charles Sawyer has been nominated for the 2011 Conerly Trophy presented by C Spire Wireless, which has been awarded annually to Mississippi’s top college football player since 1996.
A native of Miami, Fla., Sawyer has started every game for Ole Miss this season and is tied for fifth in the SEC and 12th in the nation with four interceptions. He boasts six career interceptions in just two years and returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown versus BYU earlier this season.
Past Rebel winners of the Conerly Trophy, which is named for former Ole Miss and New York Giant quarterback Charlie Conerly, include Stewart Patridge (1997), Deuce McAllister (1999), Eli Manning (2001,03) and Patrick Willis (2006).
The athletics departments of each of the four-year college football programs in the state have selected the nominees for the 2011 Conerly Trophy, which include Terrence Lewis (Alcorn State), Justin Gaines (Belhaven), Micah Davis (Delta State), Casey Therriault (Jackson State), Jason O’Rear, Jr. (Milsaps), Jarrad Craine (Mississippi College), Johnthan Banks, Jr. (Mississippi State), Paul Cox, Sr. (Mississippi Valley State) and Austin Davis (Southern Miss).
The nominees and their head coaches will attend the 16th Annual Conerly Trophy presented by C Spire Wireless on Tuesday, November 29 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with the banquet immediately following at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $100 and for more information, contact the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum at 1-800-280-(FAME)3263.”
(November 8, 2011)