Some notes and observations from today's 2-hour full-pad workout.
I would say redshirt freshman Nathan Stanley's arm and athleticism gives him an edge in the race with senior Billy Tapp for No. 2 quarterback behind Jevan Snead. BUt Stanley isn't running away with the job right now.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt praised Stanley Saturday for his performance in the scrimmage, but today cited several mistakes that are holding Stanley back. Most have to do with recognizing different things about the defense.
Stanley and Tapp both had their moments Wednesday. Tapp threw back-to-back touchdown passes to tight end Gerald Harris on a crossing pattern and to wide receiver Dexter McCluster on a fade route.
Stanley responded with a nice toss to Jacarious Lucas, who went up in traffic to make the grab and a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris, who got behind cornerback Julian Whitehead.
Whitehead is playing in the No. 2 spot right now while sophomore Marcus Temple is out injured.
There were more defensive plays than offensive ones today. That's kind of been the tone for the spring, and it's not terribly surprising considering defense is where the experience and depth is, and offensive line is where it's trying to be developed.
Whitehead, before getting burned, had a PBU of a Stanley pass, and backup safety Fon Ingram had a diving interception of a Tapp pass.
No. 2 defensive end Antonio Turner came off the edge for a sack of Stanley, and, with the ones on the field, Kentrell Lockett and Kendrick Lewis did a good job of reading a reverse run by Dexter McCluster and forcing him to the sideline.
Depth continues to be a concern along the offensive line. Today Brandon Green was getting more involved. He's played both guard spots as a backup, and today he added backup center, as Mark Jean-Louis continues to struggle with some shotgun snaps.
Green and freshman A.J. Hawkins look to be the top two offensive line reserves.