A few highlights from Houston Nutt’s regular Monday press conference. …
– The biggest news is the announced suspension of WR Melvin Harris for a team rules violation. Harris is the team’s leading receiver with 30 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns.
He is the second player in two days to be announced as unavailable for MSU. On Sunday Nutt announcd that sophomore RB Rodney Scott had left the team and that he intended to meet with Scott and his father after the season.
Harris joins a suspended list from this season that includes LB Brandon Sanders, LB Clarence Jackson, DE Delvin Jones, CB Tony Grimes. RB Tig Barksdale and OL Rishaw Johnson were kicked off the team.
– Nutt said talking about the Mississippi State game is something he and his staff have done on a consistent basis since the Rebels lost 41-27 at MSU last year. We didn’t hear of a “countdown clock” that was employed by MSU coach Dan Mullen for the game, but there apparently is no shortage of reminders to Ole Miss players about last year’s performance.
– Asked if he noticed a renewed emphasis by Nutt for the MSU game, linebacker-DE D.T. Shackelford said he really did not and that Nutt equally prepares for all opponents. “I’ve never known coach Nutt to slack on a game plan,” Shackelford said.
– Tailback Brandon Bolden talked about the “Do You Remember” section of the locker room wall that he described as frequently updated with quotes from the MSU side of the rivalry.
Bolden went a little farther and expressed his distaste for Mullen’s constant references to Ole Miss as “The School Up North.” If the goal is to get under the skin, Mullen may have accomplished that with Bolden, who called it “pretty much” a slap at Ole Miss. “That’s not what’s across or jerseys or across anything we have,” Bolden said.
– No injuries sustained in the LSU game that will keep anyone out of the MSU game.
– Bolden needs 69 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season.