Patience for Lockett, confidence for Stoudt | Ole Miss Sports

In his last full season Kentrell Lockett was a big play machine for the Ole Miss defense.

He led the team in quarterback pressures with 13, was third in tackles for loss with 10 and among the team leaders in sacks with five.

Lockett was granted a sixth year of eligiblity by the NCAA in the spring, and his return was rightly celebrated by Ole Miss fans. Rebels coach Houston Nutt talked more about Lockett’s leadership than his big plays, and clearly Lockett has provided guidance for a transitioning defensive line.

But two games after returning from ACL surgery he hasn’t turned up much in any of the big play categories, getting just one pressure, no sacks or TFLs.

Through two games Lockett had totaled three tackles, two against BYU, one last week against Southern Illinois.

Obviously he is intent on changing those numbers, but Lockett insists he isn’t pressing to get there, letting the game come to him instead.

More action behind the line of scrimmage if something the Rebels would like to see from their defensive line overall, not just Lockett.

Ole Miss has eight tackles for loss right now, and half of them have come from linebackers and defensive backs. …

Also, Zack Stoudt doesn’t mind the two-quarterback system at all, he says. He is very comfortable in his position as the starter and recognizes the benefits of the change of pace a running quarterback like Randall Mackey brings to the table.

The quarterback race was once too close to call. Sometimes things change, but for now it seems clearly defined in order as Stoudt, Mackey, Brunetti.