OXFORD – The Ole Miss Rebels went through their first day of full-gear, full-contact spring football work, and at least one key figure on the defensive line showed noteworthy improvement.
Junior Jerrell Powe was playing well at the end of last season, his first of eligibility, and began spring No. 2 on the depth chart at nose tackle behind junior Ted Laurent.
Rebels coach Houston Nutt was pleased with what he saw from Powe on Monday.
“Jerrell Powe really made a step up today. I was very glad to see that. We’ve been waiting on him to make a jump. He played well and was pushing some people around,” Nutt said.
All in all it was an average first day of contact. Nutt said players weren’t as fast as they were in workouts Friday and Saturday, but that wasn’t a great concern for him at this point.
He was pleased with the physical nature of some of the seven-on-seven work but graded the scrimmage portion of practice only “OK.”
Entering his second season at Ole Miss, Nutt chose his spots carefully and limited full-blown contact.
The Rebels will be back in full pads when practice resumes Wednesday.
“We have to get much better,” he said. “We had too many missed assignments, penalties and miscues – can’t do it. We have to get a little tougher and get a little better Wednesday.”