FYI: Chat on

Let’s chat. I’ll be here until 12:30, then I’ve got my wife’s list of errands.

— PA


36 Responses to “FYI: Chat on”

  1. david Says:

    Who will be the starting qb for memphis? From what i have heard they are stuggling and our DL should be able to push them around if they give a decent effort. What do you think?

  2. djrebel Says:

    David, from what I’ve read Arkelon Hall will be the quarterback. He’s got more mobility than they’ve had in the past, but he’s not exceptionally fast. Sounds like their OL has been up and down, but I’m not sure Ole Miss’ DL is in position to push anybody around. The Rebels, even with the injuries, will have some talent up front, but it’s unproven talent right now.

    — PA

  3. djrebel Says:

    Hall is a junior college transfer from College of the Sequoias. Ring a bell? It’s Brent Schaeffer’s old school. Like Schaeffer, Hall was a D1 signee. He signed with Washington State.

    — PA

  4. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA….first off, thanks for the great coverage, as always!

    i know it’s hard to judge a team’s performance on the field from practice, but how do you see this team stacking up against the teams in the past few years just based on what you’ve seen so far? i always try and be a realist and give a “worst case scenario” look at teams this time of year. from what i’ve read, i think they have a real chance at a bowl game this time around, and i just wanted to confirm or deny that notion.

  5. Mark Says:

    what is your predition of the rebels season

  6. djrebel Says:

    I think they have a chance at a bowl game. I think there’s talent on the roster. It’s a shame they’ve been hit with the DL injuries so many and so early. I think they need to be 3-1 after four games, and that’s not going to be easy. Memphis and Vanderbilt are always tough for Ole Miss, and the Rebels could use Jerry and Hardy, their best defensive players.

    I figure a loss at Wake, but that would not necessarily be so if those guys played.

    They’re looking good on offense so far. The backs are talented. They’ve got to work on pass protection. I like Snead and the receivers, but I’ve still got to see Snead in game speed.


  7. TrueReb Says:

    PA, is big ted really bacK? or is he rushing because of da injuries

  8. djrebel Says:

    Ted is back and getting stronger. I think he recognizes a sense of urgency, but they won’t rush him back before he’s ready. He’s an example of a guy that I think will be a good player but hasn’t done it yet. It’s tough to count on so many like that in the first few games of the season.

    — PA

  9. Mark Says:

    If you had to compare Wake to an SEC team, who would it be

  10. Jay Stokes Says:

    i told a friend the other day who’s an auburn fan that ole miss had the best receiving corps in the west, and maybe in the conference. of course, he laughed for a good five minutes at that. no wins = no media = no coverage. i think they’ll all be surprised this year. wallace/mccluster/hodge is a great rotation.

  11. jr85reb Says:

    PA enjoy the blog.
    What is your predicition on the final score in the Memphis game?

  12. djrebel Says:

    I like these guys and think they’d have been better the last two years with better play at quarterback. Adams was accurate but not quick enough. Schaeffer was quick, but who knew where it was going? Again, I remind folks that Snead’s been out a while, but he’s looked good the times I’ve seen him this month. I also remind people that our access has decreased some over the last couple of weeks.

    — PA

  13. rebeltent Says:

    PA, with the trouble they have had finding a center who can snap, after a few good pops, they will have to line up the QB under center or the shotgun snap will be all over the place.

  14. TrueReb Says:

    I think that jerry will be bac very soon, or maybe dats just me and my hope lol

  15. djrebel Says:

    From what Laurent was saying yesterday it sounded like Jerry’s early days after surgery have been good with range of motion. That’s a big step. My guess is the Vanderbilt game. It might be pushing him to get ready for Wake, and why put him on the field against Samford?

    — PA

  16. djrebel Says:

    Tent, I saw their center problems, but I figure that will be corrected. I know the OL isn’t their strong point right now, and I like these guys Ole Miss has. But these guys were supposed to be reserves, except for Tillman. I don’t want to assume they will dominate. I believe they will compete at a high level.

    — PA

  17. TrueReb Says:

    yea, tryn to bring him back earlier would be a bad thing. Just hope dat were healthy by SEC!

  18. rebeltent Says:

    It sounds like we will have a much more diverse offense than initially expected. Any guesses on what percentage we will be using these types of sets?
    Wild Rebel
    Power Running Game
    5 WRs / Spread
    Standard pass game from shotgun
    RB off the ends / Speed Running Game

    We can go with what to expect 3 or 4 games in after all is in place, Vandy game. My guess:
    Wild Rebel – 15%
    Power Running Game – 30%
    5 WRs / Spread/Shotgun – 15%
    Standard pass game under center – 20%
    RB off the ends / Speed Running Game – 20%

  19. Jay Stokes Says:

    i’m a pharmacy student at samford. everybody always brings up the ole miss game to me and says how funny it would be if samford somehow made a game of it. god, i hope that doesn’t happen…ha.

  20. djrebel Says:

    Jr85, just guessing I’d say the Rebels win something like 24-17. I don’t think the offense hits in mid-season form right now, and I think the defense is going to have to find its way a little bit. This game is always close and sometimes it goes’ Memphis way, as in Eli’s senior year.

    Mark, i don’t know enough about Wake overall, but what I do see is a quarterback who isn’t flashy but doesn’t make mistakes and really did well in Oxford as a freshman. I think they’ll be solid on defense too. Jim Grobe has built a nice program there.

    — PA

  21. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I love the Samford campus and facilities and hope they have a great year in the OVC.

    Tent, I haven’t though much about different formations. I’m just more interesting in seeing how they stack up on the pass vs. the run. I think Houston will play to his talent and he’s got the makings of a good passing game. I think the run game will be there too, which should make this a fun offense to watch.

  22. TrueReb Says:

    Do you think that the freshman QB will be redshirthed? Watch him last saturday, looked as good as Tapp to me

  23. donttouchatwire Says:

    i’d like to ask some sort of question about the differences between the old coaching staff and the new but just can’t word it right. Can you hit some points and compare likes and dislikes from both staff’s as a media person?

  24. djrebel Says:

    My guess is they will try to redshirt Stanley. If something happens to Snead and they’re just looking for a guy to finish the game, that’s probably Tapp. But if Snead went out with a season-ender, I think Stanley’s in the mix and has a good shot. I think he’s more accurate that Tapp, at least from what I’ve seen, although I do think Tapp’s had some nice moments this month as well.

    — PA

  25. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA, just so you know…..samford is joining the southern conference this year i think. i believe that’s the same conference as furman, but not sure. there’s a small glimmer of interest around the football team now with pat sullivan as the coach.

  26. djrebel Says:

    Wire, so much of my opinion on that matter has to do with their relationship with the media. Obviously, this staff is much better.

    I do hear the players, fairly consistently, chime in with subtle opinions on how things are better. I don’t spent time prompting them. It’s just clear they feel a more comfortable atmosphere, one where they can express their opinions. Dustin Mouzon says there’s more teaching going on. Jason Cook says he’s happy that the offense will allow him to catch a few balls. He feels his talent for receiving was not utilized the last three years. We hear things like that that indicate an excitement and support for the present staff.

    — PA

  27. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I wish them well wherever they go. I graduated from Northeast Louisiana in Monroe. We won the I-AA title in 1987 when I was a junior. I was on the paper staff, not the football team, by the way. But I remain a fan of mid-majors and small college programs.

    — PA

  28. rebeltent Says:

    PA, not to be overly optimistic, but I agree that Nutt will play to his talent. But where does his talent on Offense lie? Snead is a great game manager with a boatload of talented, experienced WRs, but Snead has yet to throw a live pass. The RBs are extremely talented and diverse in skill sets, but between all of them there is a total of what, 8 carries in games. OL is great all around.
    I would say our talent lies in the passing game regarding experience, but that is just me, and I doubt Nutt will shy away from the run even though there have been essentially no carries from these RBs. All players have great talent, but where would you say our strengths are?

  29. TrueReb Says:

    Well PA, its been great. I gotta get back to work. always enjoy ur work PA. Keep the updates coming lol

  30. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I’ve got a nephew at Samford, and I think he’s in Pharmacy school. Just got there from U of Georgia. His name is Logan Norman. Do you know him?

    — PA

  31. cr Says:

    Why did Tyrone Nix and Steve Spurrier part ways? How will this play into the USC game?

  32. djrebel Says:

    Tent, you’re right on bro. I think there is a lot of talent on this offense. Nutt could run the old grind-it-out offense that many accused him of at Arkansas if he chose, but I don’t think he’ll do that.

    I’m not sure about the OL right now. I think they’re going to be fine. I think Markuson will get them there, but I keep hearing the coaches say, “We’ve got to be more aggressive.”

    But you’re right, Nutt has weapons run or pass.

    — PA

  33. djrebel Says:

    CR, I don’t know exactly why they parted ways. I know Spurrier wasn’t pleased with the defense, but they had major injuries last year. When Nix was hired and I talked with some guys around South Carolina, it was unclear in their opinion at that time if he would have been retained.

    I don’t think it will play in the SC game much.

    — PA

  34. djrebel Says:

    Guys, thanks for checking in. I’ve got to run. If you have other questions or comments, leave them here. I’ll check the thread again later on.

    — PA

  35. Jay Stokes Says:

    i don’t know logan, but i’ll keep an eye out for him. i’m starting my last year this fall, so i’m not around the first year students much.

    thanks for the lunch chat. take care.

  36. J. Moore Says:

    Thanks guys.

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