A few odds and ends from Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt following today's practice ...
(How was practice today?)
“I thought we corrected some things from some mistakes that we made Saturday. I feel like we're getting better. That's the key, getting better, and don't stop ourselves. Eliminate penalties, eliminate foolish missed assignments. Take care of the ball, and put it in the end zone."
(What's your message to players right now?)
“We are doing our best to get them the best plan we feel like they can execute. Now we want them to put everything they have in it. When you watch last year's Fresno game, that's the same group of offensive linemen (with the exception of Matt Hall at right guard) that had 500-something yards.
“I know Enrique (Davis) and Brandon (Bolden) are not full speed, have not been themselves yet, but we've got enough backs if we execute not to stop ourselves. That's been the main thing.”
A lot of attention has been placed on an under-performing offensive line. Nutt hasn't let the line off the hook, per se, but he puts an equal share of responsibility on the back.
“When Brandon Bolden, Enrique Davis and Jeff Scott, when all three of those guys are healthy, I think you'll see a difference, I really do.”
The emphasis defensively is on stopping Fresno State's downfield passing game. It really picked up steam last Saturday when quarterback Derek Carr threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-24 win over Idaho.
MLB Mike Marry was not dressed because of his foot injury. Marry has missed practice time in each of the last two weeks and played effectively on Saturday.
Backup offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray was injured in practice, the extent is unknown, but he had his shoulder pads off and was walking gingerly when we were allowed up the steps after practice.
McCray had been running second team to Bradley Sowell at left tackle. Today he was behind Bobby Massie on the right side.
Patrick Junen, the starter at left guard at the beginning of the season, was behind Sowell.
Freshman Aaron Morris continued to hold the starting left guard spot and was backed up by senior Alex Washington.