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VIDEO: Defense dominates Rebels’ Saturday practice

BLOG — Fans who came out to Ole Miss’ football practice Saturday morning saw plenty of defense.

In the only practice open to the public this fall, Ole Miss worked out for approximately two hours at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The day started with position drills before the offense went against the defense for the rest of the session.

The defensive line — the first-team unit consisted of ends C.J. Johnson and Marquis Haynes (filling for the injured Fadol Brown) and Robert Nkemdiche and Bryon Bennett on the inside — made a habit of getting in the backfield. Cody Prewitt, Senquez Golson and freshman Kendarius Webster each had interceptions.

Tight end Evan Engram produced the offense’s lone highlight with a leaping touchdown grab up the seam on a ball from Bo Wallace.

Watch head coach Hugh Freeze talk about the defense-dominated practice, the play of Nkemdiche so far in camp and the status of cornerback Tee Shepard, who missed practice and underwent an MRI on an injured foot, in the video below.

Offensive lineman Robert Conyers is cross-training at center and tackle and battling for a job at either spot. The sophomore on Saturday took reps at with the first team at right tackle, where the main competition is junior college transfer Fahn Cooper.

Watch Conyers talk about the competition, playing both positions and where his game is at in the following video.

Ole Miss will return to the practice field Monday morning.

See Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Saturday’s practice. (August 9, 2014)

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