Here is tonight’s practice report. The Rebels have practiced with a “Spur” since the beginning of camp but went back to a true third linebacker today.
By Hayden Sowers
With three days remaining until opening kickoff against the BYU Cougars, Houston Nutt was a man of few words after practice on Wednesday.
Regarding the 24 freshmen and sophomores on the two-deep, most of them making their D-1 debuts, he said that he saw a lot of anxiousness, but no nervousness yet out of them. He also added that the nervousness may come in “as they touch Chucky Mullins.”
Health-wise he said the Rebels are good to go.
The decision was made to drop the “SPUR” position, which is more of a safety-linebacker combo, and add a third true linebacker in junior Joel Kight. Nutt and defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said this was made to have more help in the run game.
Starting linebackers will be Kight, Mike Marry, and Ralph Williams. Aaron Garbutt had been starting at the SPUR and Nutt said he still felt comfortable with him on the field.
Nutt really seemed enthusiastic about “The Season,” which is his new coaching show put on by olemisssports.com.
“The Season” provides a more in-depth, behind the scenes look at the Ole Miss football team and was really interesting to watch today. He added that it would be a huge tool in recruiting and looks for it to catch on nationally quickly.
Nix said of BYU’s starting QB Jake Heaps, “He is the best one we’ve faced since we have been here.” With Nix facing the likes of Cam Newton, Tim Tebow, Ryan Mallet, and a slew of other SEC quarterbacks that is a major compliment for Heaps, who is just a true sophomore.
Nix said his defense wants to maintain a “fast and physical” mindset this season. He also added that he was very confident in the team going into Saturday and for fans to expect a very physical ballgame.