Archive for July 30th, 2008

FYI: Wednesday morning thoughts

July 30, 2008

— I posted the media relations release about the change in kickoff times for September home games Tuesday afternoon and in doing so was glad to end a streak of seven consecutive blog posts about Jerell Powe. I’m thinking that’s a blog record.

— Powe’s eligibility took on a new meaning when sophomore nose tackle Ted Laurent had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. Laurent may only miss three weeks or so, but these are three very important weeks for a young player who appeared in only seven games last year. Laurent left spring drills as the No. 1 nose tackle ahead of Lawon Scott. It’s a reminder of how quickly a deep position becomes thinner.

— It’s strange to see Jermey Parnell’s bio in the football media guide. He’s got the Parnell hair going in the mug shot, then I’m thinking I’m going to turn the page and see Kenny Williams or somebody, but it’s football again. Parnell was very physical on the basketball court, and that will translate to the football field at some level, but there’s a difference in basketball “shape” and football “shape.” Parnell is also figuring in at defensive end, where the Rebels have a lot of players. He’s a good athlete, but I figure anything the Rebels get from Parnell this year is “bonus coverage.”

— Players report Saturday and Sunday, and practice starts Monday. It should be interesting to watch the running backs in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on Devin Thomas. I think he’s a darkhorse for playing time.

— Dexter McCluster is a junior this season, and if he plays in each game it will be the first time. The shoulder injury against Vanderbilt in 2006 ended his freshman season and kept him out of the first four games of his sophomore season. He’s an electric player when he’s at full strength, and he’ll be fun to watch in the “Wild Rebel” formation. Maybe McCluster can stay on the field.

— PA

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FYI: When coaches, Hollywood intersect

July 30, 2008

Wally Hall, of Little Rock, has an interesting read here as he plugs SEC coaches into TV and movie roles.

— PA