OXFORD – Game week is here for Ole Miss, though the Rebels will have to wait one more day to actually tee it up.
While most major programs begin Saturday, the Rebels open their highly anticipated 2009 football season Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Memphis.
Second-year coach Houston Nutt ordered quiet on the last two days prior to game week, completely closing Saturday and Sunday workouts to media and opting out of interviews.
Nutt said the transition into the season has been much smoother than it was in his first season.
“The terminology, the communication, how they respond compared to a year ago … They know what to do.”
Today Nutt will meet with media at 2 p.m. in the first of his regularly scheduled Monday press conferences.
In regular game-week mode, the Rebels will go through a light workout on Sundays, following a Saturday game. They will take Mondays off, and Tuesday and Wednesday will be the most physical days of the week. The intensity will throttle down on Thursdays, and the team will spend Friday nights out of town on home game weekends.
Nutt and his staff began implementing the game plan for Memphis last week, and that will shift gears today.
A team with plenty of experienced players will also have some freshmen in key roles for the opener. Linebackers D.T. Shackelford and Joel Kight have run with the second team defense since early in camp.
Offensive lineman Bobby Massie and wide receiver Patrick Patterson are expected to play as well.
Kicker Andrew Ritter and punter Tyler Campbell have also had strong camps. They could be in starting roles for the first game.
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