Spring Practice Report: 04.12

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Mike Marry
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Mike Marry
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 12, 2011

 

Video

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss football program suffered a key loss but spring drills continued Tuesday, as the Rebels draw closer to Saturday’s BancorpSouth Grove Bowl.

With more than 100 faculty and staff on hand as part of the team’s annual appreciation day, the players trained for 1:45 under sunny skies on the practice fields, and head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with their enthusiasm.

“They zipped around,” he said. “They practiced really hard, focused hard and really got some things done.”

Monday’s practice saw junior linebacker D.T. Shackelford exit early with an injury, and the team’s physicians confirmed today that he suffered a torn right ACL. The Decatur, Ala., native expects to undergo surgery within the next two weeks, at which point the anticipated recovery time is six to eight months.

“He is a tremendous leader, and he will continue to be so,” Nutt said. “It hurts a lot. He is so good. He is smart. With his experience, he just took over from January on. We need someone to step in that slot. But the good thing is he will be around. Just like when he is not in the game, he is on the sideline coaching and encouraging.

“He was very discouraged, but he has such a strong family and a lot of faith. He knows he will back, and that’s one thing you can count on.”

Shackelford’s injury provides more opportunities for several young players in the linebacking corps. Among those, Nutt noted he was proud of the play of Mike Marry, Clarence Jackson and Ralph Williams on Tuesday.

Overall, Nutt said a number of young back-ups and incoming freshmen are going to have a shot at stepping into prominent roles.

“In this game, you are always a play away,” he said. “Sometimes players don’t believe that.

“We’re at a point in our program where it’s hard for us to say “next” (player up). We’re not quite there yet, so we’re going to have to depend on some freshmen coming in. You’d love to redshirt them, but they’re going to have to play.”

Ole Miss takes Wednesday off before the final three days of spring drills start on Thursday.

After the team’s 4:05 p.m. practice, the Rebels will attend the 22nd annual Chucky Mullins Courage Award banquet at 7 p.m. at the Indoor Practice Facility. Fans are encouraged to join them, and tickets are available by visiting the UM Box Office in the Student Union location, calling 662-915-7411 or ordering online at www.olemiss.edu/depts/tickets.

It was announced earlier in the day that the field for the Chucky Mullins Courage Award has been expanded to include both juniors and seniors. The award also takes on renewed excitement, as the recipient will wear Mullins’ No. 38 jersey for the first time since the number’s retirement in 2006.

On Saturday, the Rebels will wrap up spring drills with the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl, April 16 at 1 p.m. at Vaught Hemingway Stadium/ Hollingsworth Field. Tickets are $10 general admission, $40 for the southzone club level and free for Ole Miss students, faculty and staff. All proceeds benefit the M-Club's J.W. "Wobble" Davidson Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are available by calling 662-915-7167 or visiting the athletics ticket office in Tad Smith Coliseum 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On gameday, tickets are available in The Grove and at the ticket office on All-American Drive, next to the Starnes Athletics Center.

That Saturday will also include an awards ceremony and panel discussion at 11 a.m. with several former Rebel standouts from the NFL ranks, including Mike  Wallace and BenJarvus  Green-Ellis.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss, MSU Renew Rivalry on Hardwood

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference.  Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 20-26, 2015)

      Monday, January 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more