FOOTBALL: Freshmen and newcomers report

A few quick notes from Houston Nutt’s meeting with the media.

No surprises: All signees who were expected to show up did in fact show up. Five were not going to be there. Knoxville running back Andre Sterling will attend Hargrave. Oxford WR Horatio Williams and Bastrop, La., athlete Randall Mackey will attend junior college. Sherwood, Ark., DB Hunter Miller opted to remain in Arkansas and walk-on at the University thereof, and Orlando, Fla., QB Chris Wilkes opted for pro baseball.

Pleased with late additions: Nutt was especially pleased to add LB Patrick Trahan and CB Demario Moore, two transfers from Northwest Community College, this week. “I’m really proud of the effort and diligence they put forth throughout the summer,” he said. Nutt did not speculate where among the three linebacker positions Trahan might fit.

Powe’s conditioning: He also didn’t have a definitive statement on the conditioning of Jerrell Powe. “I know it’s a lot better than when I first met him,” Nutt said. While Powe was ineligible he could have contact only with strength and conditioning coach Don Decker and his staff.

Devin Thomas’ ankle: San Antonio freshman RB Devin Thomas proclaimed his broken ankle pretty much healed this summer. Now it looks like he’ll be almost 100 percent when practice begins Monday, but not quite there. Thomas has been able to plant, turn and move but isn’t at full strength.

Laurent timetable: Nutt did not speculate on a return date for sophomore DT Ted Laurent, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. He did say Laurent is probably in the “three, four or five-week circle” regarding time away. He said Laurent was having a really good summer of conditioning work.

Walker’s suspension lifted: Sophomore linebacker Allen Walker, who was arrested on a DUI charge in April, is back in good graces after what Nutt termed an indefinite suspension. In April Nutt said Walker would begin a program of alcohol education, community service and other areas. “He’s off that. He’s done everything we asked of him,” Nutt said.

— PA

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12 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Freshmen and newcomers report”

  1. John Page Says:

    But most importantly, how did ColumnTron look?

  2. Jared Says:

    Just drove by there today; they’re actually putting on the panels. Not sure if its the screen itself, but it is at least the back of the screen. It’s going up fast.

  3. Bo Says:

    PA, What’s the status of Enrique Davis? All I hear is that he and Devin Thomas will give Cordera Eason a run for his money for the starting role RB role, but I haven’t heard whether Enrique Davis was eligible…?

  4. djrebel Says:

    Bo, Enrique is in. If he’s as good as advertised he will give Cordera a run for his money. Houston was adamant today that all three freshmen running backs — Davis, Thomas and Brandon Bolden — will compete for playing time at running back. He says he’ll play three backs.

    — PA

  5. Bo Says:

    That’s good to hear. I’m getting pretty pumped about this season.

    Then again, I’m excited about every season, and then usually after 2 or 3 games, I’ve lost all hope! 😦

    I’m praying that we’re improved and more competitive, and as usual, the most important thing is beating Moo U. After the present we gift wrapped and hand delivered to them in Starkville last year, it’s our turn to get the W.

  6. jwbreb Says:

    Bo, don’t worry about “Moo U” this season. They have to travel to Oxford.

  7. jwbreb Says:

    The dawgs, as you say Bo from Moo U, have to first meet Auburn at home(War Eagles will not forget last season’s loss); then away, they face Ga. Tech,LSU,Tenn, and Alabama(another unforgetful bunch remembering last season loss ), so when they get to Oxford, If they are able to make it,they will be a beaten up pack of hounds. Just how much fight will they have left in them? Don’t know, just need wait and see. Aside from that schedule, they have some other strong teams that could surprise them. So, Bo, don’t worry, “keep the faith”.

  8. bigdraws Says:

    Woof woof woof sick em boy!! Go dawgs!!!!

  9. rebfan Says:

    I hope mackey makes it back after junior college. Nutt will have fun with him, Davis, and Thomas in the backfield.

  10. jwbreb Says:

    Draws, glad to see you up and about and woof,woof,woofing again. Getting over you ailment. A lots of this stuff going on down here too.

  11. 03rebel Says:

    Bo, don’t get stuck in the Northeast Mississippi athletics mindset. The Journal makes $ by hyping the UM-State thing. Like JW says, don’t get pumped up about beating the Vandys and the crimson & white of Starksville.
    With all the team changes, we have more reason than anyone to expect big improvements. I think we will start the season strong.
    PA, when can we read about the keys to the Memphis State game?

  12. djrebel Says:

    03, game week can’t come quick enough, but it’s a long, hot three weeks in front of us. I haven’t looked closely at Memphis yet, but I know what they like to do, and if they’re able to run the football it will put some pressure on the Ole Miss defense and keep the ball away from an offense I think will be pretty good. Keys to Memphis will come game week and maybe a little before.

    — PA

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