"It was a good first day," said Nutt, starting his second season here. "There was a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of guys jumping around out here. The key is keeping that enthusiasm all the way to the 15th practice. That was a good start, though."
Nutt said he could see that the players held on to quite a bit from last season, which ended with a Cotton Bowl victory against Texas Tech.
"Even though we didn't have pads on, you could tell that was a lot of retention," Nutt said. "There was quite a bit of difference between today and this time last year. Now, we just have to keep improving."
Nutt said he was impressed by the speed of his defense.
"Everybody just seemed to be flying to the football," Nutt said. ".They are into every play and encouraging everybody."
On the offensive side of the ball, Nutt was happy to see junior Jevan Snead behind a line that returned three starters from a year ago.
"It is so good when you have an experienced quarterback, like Jevan," Nutt said. "He started really good."
The Rebels will continue spring drills today at 10 a.m. in the indoor practice facility on campus. Practice is open to the public.
- Mississippi State: The Bulldogs will tackle their third workout of the spring today at 10 a.m. It'll be the team's first drills in full pads.