OXFORD – Three days into camp, Ole Miss quarterbacks are still bunched together.
Nathan Stanley has gotten a few more snaps as he works with the first team, but Jeremiah Masoli and junior college transfer Randall Mackey have gotten their share of work too.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says he hasn’t seen separation at the position and doesn’t expect to until perhaps later in the week when the pace quickens. The Rebels worked for about 2 1/2 hours in shorts and shoulder pads Tuesday.
They’ll work out again today, then put on full gear for the first time Thursday and will scrimmage late Saturday.
“As we get closer to that first scrimmage, I think we’ll probably begin to see some (differences) among the quarterbacks,” Nutt said.
In the off-season, Nutt talked about the possibility of using Mackey at other positions, most notably wide receiver, but Mackey has played only quarterback to this point in camp.
It’s a new system for Mackey, who is taking snaps from center for the first time in his career.
“Right now we’re not worrying about other positions with him. He’s got a lot going on,” Nutt said. “He’s got a lot to concentrate on. It’s a different game under center for him, but when he gets the ball in his hands, things look good.”
One of the biggest concerns for Nutt right now is getting his players to push through the earlier, hotter parts of practice, particularly on offense.
He credited his conditioning and training coaches for the limited number of injuries the team has experienced so far.
“Our guys are in shape. We don’t see much cramping going on, and that’s important. I like our young guys, the way they are attacking and embracing practice full speed,” Nutt said. “We just have to keep getting better.”
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