Update 8:22 p.m.
A couple of key injuries at practice, a hamstring for RB Korvic Neat and a sprained ankle for LB DT Shackelford, the same one he sprained last year. X-rays were negative on Shackelford, but they’ll check swelling today and see where it goes from there. Shackelford has two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, second on the team in both categories.
A few observations from the full-disclosure portion (stretch) of Tuesday’s practice. …
– Reserve DE Cameron Whigham and reserve tailback Jeff Scott, both freshmen, were back at practice. So too was OL Josh Tatum, who started the Tulane game at right guard. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt indicated on Monday that Tatum was a long shot to play, so we’ll keep an eye on that. Whigham was held out last week with an ankle injury, Scott a foot. Scott, who brings a burst of speed more than the other backs had set himself up to have a nice role in the offense. We’ll see if that’s changed with time away.
– On to Guard-Fest. On Monday, Nutt tossed around six different names who could play at right guard against Fresno State Saturday. In the stretch lines today, Logan Clair was with the first team, Michael Brown with the second. Clair is a junior college transfer who was redshirted last season, so like the redshirt freshman Brown and so many others, he’s getting his first taste of playing time. Third at right guard was redshirt freshman Chris Gill, who was no mentioned Monday as a Guard-Fest participant. Freshman Jared Duke was mentioned, and I didn’t see him at practice today. Have to check on that.
– Elsewhere. Whigham immediately returned to his spot as the No. 2 right side DE behind Wayne Dorsey. Jason Jones returned to third team. Scott was way back in the stretch line of running backs, the very last guy, but how these guys line up for warm-ups, particularly when we’re around, isn’t the only indicator of where they stand in a depth chart listing.