The highlights from Houston Nutt's Monday press conference. ...
- Nutt express his disappointment over the tackling at Arkansas, which rushed for 197 yards, 84 yards above its average. "That back wasn't especially fast last week, and we had done such a good job the week before," he said.
Players say the problem is not a lack of effort and that they need to do a better job of fitting in gaps and finishing plays.
"Every time we've given up a long run we've had at least three missed tackles," Nutt said.
- Nutt said Sunday's practice was good work as players try to get past the "bitter taste" of a 38-24 loss at Arkansas.
- Auburn QB Cam Newton is this week's challenge for a team that is trying to find its tackling groove. Newton (6-6, 250) is 62 pounds heavier than the Rebels' biggest cornerback, Marcus Temple, and will be at least 20 pounds heavier than anyone he'll see once he breaks past the line of scrimmage. He is the sixth-leading rusher in the NCAA and has run for 603 yards and nine touchdowns in the last three games.
- Nutt says Ole Miss hasn't been a complete 60-minute team and isn't taking advantage of opportunities, but he sees signs of good things.
- Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is one of only four QBs in the nation to average at least 50 rushing yards and 180 passing yards.
- The Ole Miss offensive line leads the SEC with just seven sacks allowed this season, a tribute to Masoli's scrambling abililty.
- Nutt is 6-6 lifetime against Auburn, 1-1 as the Ole Miss coach.