Stoudt impressive as Rebels move to pads

By Fro School reports

OXFORD – The Ole Miss football team took to the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium again on Tuesday under warm and sunny conditions, as the Rebels work towards the season opener versus BYU.

After being dominated at times by the defense yesterday, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with how his offense responded today.

“We had a good day,” said Nutt. “I thought we executed better on offense and took care of the ball. We didn’t have any bad snaps or missed handoffs, which you are glad to see this early in practice. I thought the quarterbacks threw the ball extremely well. Zack Stoudt threw the ball really well. He was 9-of-10 at one point. Mackey and Brunetti both threw a couple of touchdowns, so it was a good day.

Nutt continued to praise the play of quarterbacks including junior college transfer Stoudt, who the Rebels’ head man said was improving on and off the field.

“Zack started improving in the summer. He is going to class and trying to win his teammates over with leadership and work ethic. He has done has done everything we have asked of him. We actually have three guys that you aren’t afraid to put into the game. We have never had that before. It will be interesting to see who separates himself after the first two scrimmages.”

Tuesday was the Rebels’ last day in shorts, as Ole Miss will don full pads tomorrow as the team gears up for the first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday. The Rebels are also scheduled to scrimmage next Wednesday.

Nutt also updated the health of a few Rebels that missed practice, including fullbacks E.J. Epperson and H.R. Greer and defensive end Kentrell Lockett.

“Hopefully, he (Greer) just has a bad sprain. Right now we are going to rest him the next four days and see where we are. We also rested Lockett today, which was our plan. He will probably just go every other day. When you have had surgery like he (Lockett) has had, you try to watch the swelling in this heat. E.J. Epperson also sat out today with a concussion. He should be fine in a couple of days.”

The Rebels return to the field Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and drills remain open to the public through Saturday (Aug. 13). Use of cellular phones and cameras are prohibited, and fans must remain in the designated area and are not allowed between the practice fields.