Kentrell Lockett To Miss Season Opener

Kentrell Lockett

Aug. 31, 2010

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that senior team captain Kentrell Lockett will miss Saturday’s season opener due to a heart beat out of rhythm.

“We had a pretty big blow today with Kentrell Lockett,” Nutt said. “He’s in Ohio right now running some tests. It was a hard Tuesday because you’ve got so many things thrown at you in one day, but I like the way Gerald Rivers and Jason Jones stepped up. It’s all hands on deck. You’ve got to work by committee now.”

Head athletic trainer Tim Mullins said Lockett has a “rhythm problem” with his heart. He began experiencing it during Saturday’s scrimmage and was immediately cared for by local doctors. He has since seen heart rhythm specialists in Memphis and now in Cleveland, Ohio. There is no timetable for his return before receiving test results, but he is in stable condition.

Rivers will take Lockett’s starting position at defensive end in his absence. The sophomore from Ellenwood, Ga., played in five games last season.

Nutt also mentioned that Jason Jones will definitely be in the defensive line rotation on Saturday, while freshmen Delvin Jones, Carlos Thompson and Cameron Whigham could also see the field against Jacksonville State.

Preseason Report 08.31: Quarterbacks Perform Well

The quarterback position was again a focal point during Tuesday’s training at the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Nutt said both Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey have been performing very well in practice. Stanley would earn the starting nod as of Tuesday, while Mackey would also see the field. Freshman Evan Ingram will assume third-team quarterback duties.

He also commented on the team’s response to Tuesday’s NCAA decision regarding Jeremiah Masoli. The Oregon transfer was denied clearance to play for Ole Miss this season, but the school is appealing that decision.

“The seniors have been so supportive and the team’s been so supportive,” Nutt said. “Jeremiah has been an awesome guy in this whole deal. I’m just proud he’s a part of us. He’s handling things pretty good for a guy that was expecting to be a part of the team. Hopefully (the NCAA) will do the right thing and make this decision.”

Saturday’s opener against Jacksonville State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CSS.

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