Spring Practice Report 04.05

April 5, 2011

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OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss devoted a large portion of Tuesday’s practice on finishing games stronger, as the Rebels continued spring drills under sunny skies on the practice fields.

Much of the full team scrimmaging centered around challenging the quarterbacks in last-minute situations, and head coach Houston Nutt liked how they responded.

“We really worked hard on the two-minute drill, where I think we’ve been really bad the last few years,” he said. “They missed some balls early (in practice), but I thought they really finished strong with the two-minute drill.

“With the two-minute and trying to get them in another part of the playbook, we used more shotgun today.”

Nutt also emphasized the progress he sees from the wide receivers, despite some recent drops. As expected, key returnees Melvin Harris and Ja-Mes Logan are leading the way, while inexperienced players like Terrell Grant, Korvic Neat and Vincent Sanders are making strides, according to Nutt.

“I think they’re getting better,” he said. “They’re thinking a lot right now. We’ll know more Saturday. I think they’ll get better, and then you have real competition coming (in the fall).”

Defensively, Nutt continues to be pleased with the overall speed of the unit and the work ethic of the secondary.

“The defense continues to run well,” said Nutt. “We blitzed well. We have to keep improving. Brishen Mathews and Damien Jackson showed up today with some good interceptions. Corners are real thin, but I’m really proud of their attitude with Wesley Pendleton, Charles Sawyer and Cliff Coleman.”


 

 

Senior reserve Vincent Moss has played a variety of positions during his time in the Red and Blue. He moved to cornerback this spring and along with backup lineman Terrell Brown are Nutt’s “biggest surprises this spring.”

The Rebels take Wednesday off before resuming workouts Thursday at 4:05 p.m. on the practice fields. Practices are open to the public, and daily times and locations will be updated on OleMissSports.com.

Fans must remain in the designated area. When the team practices outdoors, fans are not allowed between the practice fields.

Spring drills will culminate with the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl, April 16 at 1 p.m. at Vaught Hemingway Stadium/ Hollingsworth Field. That Saturday will also include an awards ceremony and panel discussion at 11 a.m. with several former Rebel standouts from the NFL ranks.

Other events surrounding Grove Bowl Week include the inaugural Rebels’ Choice Awards, Monday, April 11 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts and the Chucky Mullins Courage Award Banquet, Thursday, April 14 at the Indoor Practice Facility. Tickets for both are available through the UM Box Office.

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