FYI: Wednesday morning thoughts

— 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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7 Responses to “FYI: Wednesday morning thoughts”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    I’m hoping Dexter can stay healthy….he’s so entertaining to watch when he’s at full speed. If the young running backs can step in and play and if Snead can play to his potential, we should have an exciting offense to watch this year.

  2. Mooch Says:

    Agree on the Devin Thomas comment. I got to watch some clips of him, of course they are ‘highlights’ but he showed a good vision and speed. He always seemed to be running in the open field. I have thought he would be the so called ‘sleeper’ of the 08 class, especially considering all the hype on Enrique Davis.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Larry, Dexter has taken some good licks over the course of his career. I don’t think he’s as particularly fragile as some people may think. He’s a huge asset if he can play at full strength.

    — PA

  4. VA Reb Says:

    PA, haven’t heard or ready anything about linebacker Tony Fenn…any status on him? Thanks, Larry

  5. djrebel Says:

    I think Tony will get in the mix at linebacker. His speed hurt him last year, and there was an off-field incident involving academics that hurt him shortly after Nutt arrived.

    Fein wasn’t a guy that Nutt chose to mention in season outlook in the media guide. After Allen Walker, Jonathan Cornell and Ashlee Palmer as starters, he mentioned the improvement of Chris Bowers, Lamar Brumfield and Scottie Williams.

    That doesn’t mean anything necessarily, but it doe indicate that Fein wasn’t at the forefront of his coach’s thoughts.

    — PA

  6. akrebel84 Says:

    PA, also do you think we will see any of Derrick Davis this year or is he likely to be the odd man out in the RB mix?

  7. djrebel Says:

    I know Derrick moved from fullback to tailback and had a good spring. He finished No. 2 behind Eason, but I think it’s going to be hard for him to get on the field if the signees are as good as advertised.

    — PA

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