A few highlights from Houston Nutt’s weekly news conference …
No word official word on the status of running backs Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis today unless you count Jeff Scott as official.
At last week’s news conference, just two days after the injury against BYU, Nutt said Bolden would “be in a boot for at least a couple of weeks.”
Davis was never officially ruled out for last week against Southern Illinois, but ultimately he did not dress for the game.
Scott, the starter last week, said of Bolden and Davis during Sunday’s workout, “They were practicing, running a little.”
The Rebels will be back on the field tomorrow, and Nutt will likely address his backs more after the first full speed practice of game week.
Nutt said he was pleased with how Scott held up as the starter. Scott had a career-high 16 carries and was also active in special teams, where he had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Whether Scott continues his special teams work may depend on his role at running back, Nutt said.
Philander Moore and Tobias Singleton, who averaged 25 yards on three kick returns last week, will work more on special teams this week in practice.
“We want (Jeff) with the ball in his hands because he gives us the best chance to score. Philander Moore will get in the rotation at punt returner. We have a lot of confidence in him. Tobias Singleton and those guys will need to be ready. We will try to keep Jeff going, but it depends on his workload at the other position,” Nutt said.
No shake-up on the offensive line was announced beyond Nutt saying that freshman Aaron Morris is getting ready to play, and he believes Morris can contribute at both guard and tackle.
Nutt said that quarterbacks Zack Stoudt and Randall Mackey will both play Saturday against Vanderbilt.
“I’m confident in Randall and am not afraid to put him in the game. Coach David Lee has confidence in him as well, but we still start with Zack Stoudt.”
Stoudt tells us that he doesn’t get caught up looking over his shoulder wondering when he’ll come out of the game.
“Whether I’m right or wrong in saying this, I feel like I’m the starter,” he said.
Stoudt says he likes seeing Mackey come into the game for the change of pace that he brings. He also feels it keeps the defense on his heels when he re-enters the game.