FOOTBALL: Thursday practice notes

— In the absence of Jonathan Cornell, the first-team middle linebacker is Tony Fein. No surprise there. It’s not known how long Cornell (strained calf) will be out. Fein was said to be really pushing Cornell already.

— While strong side linebacker Allen Walker is back at practice, Lamar Brumfield continues to run first tream.

— Today’s first team defensive line included from left to right: Kentrell Lockett, Lawon Scott, Marcus Tillman, Emmanuel Stephens.

The second team was Chris Bowers, Jerrell Powe, Justin Smith, Garrett Ryan.

After that it was a mix and match that included Jermey Parnell, Antonio Turner, Gerald Rivers and LaDerrick Vaughn. Ted Laurent joined in with this group.

— At running back, the top two continue to be Cordera Eason and Brandon Bolden. After that it’s anybody’s guess. I watched the running backs in a pass protection drill, and Enrique Davis did not fare too well there. He’s an explosive back, and I think he’ll play, but every back is called on to protect the quarterback. That could be a sticking point for Davis at this point.

— Fullback Jason Cook was back at practice today.

— PA

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8 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Thursday practice notes”

  1. m4rebs Says:

    Does it seem like we are getting banged-up pretty bad this year? I know you weren’t able to see all of O’s practices, PA, but are Nutt’s more intense or something? Why are we seeing so many of the key contributors piling up in the meat wagon???? I just hope some of this equates to some quality football and even further, some W’s. Not sure if you asked for predictions from everybody yet PA, but how many W’s do you have the Rebs squeaking out this year? Look, I know I’m going for some meaty stuff, but with my time situation, I got to make the blogs count these days, you know?

  2. djrebel Says:

    Matt, good to hear from you. I’m going to get back with you on your questions. I’m helping with homework right now. It’s about the Olympics, though, so that’s pretty good.

    — PA

  3. djrebel Says:

    Matt, I don’t know that it’s banged up pretty bad as much as it’s banged up pretty bad at one position, the DL. Nutt’s practices are not more intense. I just think what they’re experiencing right now is the nature of the game and one of those freak things where one position has been hit hard.

    When people ask me for predictions right now I’m saying six wins, maybe seven if things go right, five if they flounder somewhere.

    I think they have to be 3-1 (loss at Wake) in the first four games to have a shot at a special season. 3-1, then gear up and beat South Carolina at home for four wins, then you’ve still got La.-Monroe and MSU on the schedule for a chance for six wins. Get your four wins, then split the Alabama-Arkansas road trips, and you could set the table for seven.

    — PA

  4. akrebel84 Says:

    PA, as far as our DEs go aren’t both of the starters, Lockett and Stephens quite undersized? Do you think they will be able to hold their own in the ground game, and how have they looked in practice? Thanks and I really appreciate the awesome job you do of keeping us informed!!!

  5. m4rebs Says:

    How is Hardy’s foot recovering? Or is there no word on him either?

  6. djrebel Says:

    AK, that is a valid question. They’ve looked OK, but it’s been a while since I”ve seen them now. The team portion of practice was only open for the first week. The first D didn’t take part in last Saturday’s scrimmage, and this Saturday’s is closed.

    Matt, I think Hardy is doing fine, but it’s been understood that he’s out for quite some time, so we haven’t asked specifically about him lately.

    — PA

  7. rebelnate Says:

    I think we will be ok on the d-line without Jerry for the first couple of weeks we are deep there.

    PA how is the secondary progressing in your opinion?

  8. methuselah1933 Says:

    now back, nate nice see ya ya changed me se 2 ya now

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