Tuesday Practice Notes

When I have these practice reports I often feel like I should start by telling folks to set the bar of expectations low. We’re really not seeing much.

That changed today. Hugh Freeze had us hang around for much longer in the practice.

We saw 11-on-11 for the first time, two periods of it.

We saw mostly DeVante Kincade and Chad Kelly. Not much of Ryan Buchanan. We were later told it was because it was Kincade’s day for reps with the ones.

After Saturday’s scrimmage not much has changed in terms of the quarterback race.

The injury to Rod Taylor did, as expected, send Justin Bell back with the ones at right guard. Bell also worked some with the centers.

In warm-ups when each quarterback was paired with a center Buchanan with Robert Conyers, Kelly with Ben Still and Kincade with Bell.

Freshman guard Javon Patterson was getting some work with the ones at left guard, but Aaron Morris was out there too.

It’s possible Patterson could get some work at left guard if Morris is fit and ready to stay at left guard.

There was some good OL work going on with Jordan Sims.

Kincade moved the team well in a 2-minute drill that resulted in a field goal.

He showed some nice touch on an out-route completion to Quincy Adeboyejo.

Kelly threw a deep ball touchdown to Derrick Jones. Jones was wide open, and it had the look of a coverage bust.

Defensively, I gave Robert Nkemdiche a sack. There was no tackling of quarterbacks, but you get the idea.

I’ve seen NFL evaluations of Tony Conner that say they’d like to see more of his pass coverage skills. Today, he had a nice pass break-up in the middle against Adeboyejo. Later, he was in position for an interception but dropped it.

I hesitate to offer too many opinions on the quarterbacks, simply having not seen enough. I will say that the couple of times I’ve seen Kelly he’s done good things. I can see the ability and confidence, no doubt. I’ve also left thinking he could have been more accurate, could have played balls better.

Again, remember the sampling size is very small. I’m thinking of about three throws over two workouts.

I really think the quarterback position is going to be OK.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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