Rebels focus on kicking

OXFORD – The Ole Miss football team wrapped up its first week of fall camp Sunday with a light workout inside the Indoor Practice Facility.
Working without pads, the Rebels focused their efforts mainly on the kicking game.
“I think our guys saw a lot of things they can improve,” said Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, reflecting on Saturday’s scrimmage. “We spent a lot of time on kicking today, on every phase of it. That is an area where our young guys can help our ball club. We’ve put a lot of emphasize on that.”
Saturday’s scrimmage gave the freshmen a chance show the coaches what they can do and a few of the players stood out to Nutt.
Led by Joshua Shene, a Groza Award semifinalist last season, the Rebels’ special teams are set at this point with only one position still up in the air according to Nutt.
“Joshua would obviously be our guy for extra points and field goals and Justin Sparks would be our punter. Right now Andrew Ritter is looking very good on kickoffs, but we’ll have to wait and see,” Nutt said. “I have a lot of confidence in Justin and David Hankins has also looked good.”
With the Rebels’ first week of practice in the books, Nutt is happy with where the team stands.
“The first thing that stands out is the freshmen class. I can see why everybody gave them so much hype coming out of high school. We told them last night that if they stay here for the next four or five years this group will help us win a championship.”
Ole Miss will continue preseason preparations today at 5:45 p.m.

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