By Hayden Sowers
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was adamant that today was a good day of practice for his team, but he said, “We have to come do it again tomorrow.” As you recall Ole Miss was leading 17-0 at one point Saturday and failed down the stretch so Nutt is trying to push to have a complete week of good practice, coinciding with a complete game of good playing.
When asked about Auburn tailback Michael Dyer, Nutt and DC Tyrone Nix raved about the young sophomore. Nutt said, “Boy he is one of the hardest running tailbacks in the league because he is built low to the ground and very strong below the waist.” Nutt also added that Dyer is a lot stronger than you think. Nix said simply, “He is the total package.” Nix went on to put Dyer “right up there” with the elite running backs, and used Trent Richardson’s name as the example.
Long runs have plagued the Ole Miss defense all season and Nix was asked how they are going about trying to fix that. “Well we have tried to emphasize discipline, being where you supposed to be and when you are there making the tackle.”
Nutt added on the long runs by saying, “You just can’t do that, it breaks your back.”
Nutt mentioned Gerald Rivers, Jason Jones, Kentrell Locket and Cameron Wingham as players who will be the main focus in the DE rotation. Uriah Grant, who had played both DE and DT in the past few games, will be mostly used at DT this game, Nix said.
Nutt and Co. have looked to have set on five offensive linemen they feel like gives them the best chance to open up a running game. They are: Bradley Sowell, Aaron Morris, Evan Swindall, Patrick Junen, and Bobbie Massie.