There was movement along the offensive line today with sophomore Patrick Junen recapturing the starting job at left guard, at least for today. Junen started the first three games there and was followed by freshman Aaron Morris, then senior Alex Washington.
The other move was more of a surprise. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt validated what he told us Monday by moving sophomore Evan Swindall to first team center ahead of A.J. Hawkins, who has 15 career starts. We'll see if the move sticks or if it's more a motivational tactic.
On Monday Nutt said the move was a possibility. Final decisions for starting roles on the offensive line for Saturday's game against No. 2 Alabama have yet to be made, he said.
It was interesting to walk around during the stretch period today. The Rebels appeared loose as they prepare to host Alabama.
Defensive line coach Terry Price was talking with his players. The conversation was about the new enforcement of the celebration penalty, a change that cost LSU a touchdown against Florida.
Price was telling the players about NFL guys that he and I remembered but many of them did not – Ickey Woods, the Bengals running back who popularized the “Icky Shuffle” to celebrate his touchdowns, and the Bears' defensive lineman/running back Williams “Refrigerator” Perry.
At another point during stretch Brandon Bolden picked up a ball and made an easy pass to Nutt.
There was not the quiet tension that could have been there if the team was on edge about the Crimson Tide coming in.
Nutt said he liked seeing his guys loose and said the only time he'd mis-read their preparedness level was prior to the Vanderbilt game, a 30-7 loss in Nashville a month ago.