OXFORD – A little heat and a little humidity added up to a little sluggishness for Ole Miss on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the Rebels’ first day of practice during the fall semester. Classes began Monday, but the team took Monday off.
Tuesday was also the first day to begin installing a game plan for the Sept. 5 season opener against Memphis, something else that slowed the pace, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said.
“We’re in school mode now. We’ve got to be faster than we were today,” he said.
On the injury front defensive ends Kentrell Lockett and Greg Hardy were back at practice. Lockett had been out since sustaining a shoulder “stinger” last Friday.
Hardy has been day-to-day through camp, sometimes working, sometimes resting his surgically repaired right foot.
Nutt said there is no update on the health of freshman defensive back Darius “Tig” Barksdale, who left the team last week with an unspecified medical condition.
“He won’t be going to school. It’s a medical condition. We’re going to let the doctors handle it, and when they tell us, we’ll know something,” Nutt said.
Reserve cornerback Jeremy McGee left Tuesday’s work early when trainers detected a rapid heart rate.
“We’re just double-checking him, and hopefully he’ll be back out here tomorrow,” Nutt said.
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