FOOTBALL: Quick notes from presser

A few quick notes here from Houston Nutt’s press conference.

— Arkansas didn’t have a true regional rival that it played every year such as Ole Miss has had with Memphis many football season. “I like playing Memphis. I love the rivalry. The schools are close to each other, and it’s good for college football,” Nutt said. The schools are under contract to play football for one more season after Saturday’s opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

— Nutt says he has a plan for all five running backs to play. There’s no way to tell who will be on the field at a given time, he says, but there could be a package — a play here or there — for all five backs at any given time. Flow of the game will be a big determining factor on who is used and how much. Cordera Eason will be the first back, followed by Brandon Bolden or Enrique Davis.

— Defensive tackle Jerrell Powe is listed as second team on the first printed depth chart of the season. In spite of all the injuries, Nutt likes his defensive line and says his second group “has come along way” in the last seven or eight days.

— Expect seven or eight freshmen to play from the line of scrimmage or on special teams, Nutt said. No redshirt decisions have been made on any freshman.

— Nutt singled out linebacker Ashlee Palmer, DT Marcus Tillman, DE Emmanuel Stephens, FS Kendrick Lewis and tight end Gerald Harris as players who caught his eye during training camp.

— Nutt was coy about how much, if it all, he would use the Wild Rebel formation, featuring wide receiver Dexter McCluster, against Memphis.

— PA


8 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Quick notes from presser”

  1. TrueReb Says:

    PA, Did coach give any word on big ted? How much will he play saturday?… If he plays at all

  2. djrebel Says:

    He didn’t mention Ted specifically, but I expect him to play.

    — PA

  3. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    All five running backs to play, again this tells me that Coach Nutt is going to run about the same type offensive deployment that he did at Arkansas. A ball controlled type offensive. Big fast OL, good QB that is optional in play selection, TE that can block. I like this, brings back some of Coach V’s tradition.

  4. ColoradoReb Says:

    Get ready for some fun come Saturday. Just wonder how long the “wild hog” will work before some figures out the routine. You remember Joe Lee had the same problem with his defensive style after a couple of years. What’s your take PA?

  5. djrebel Says:

    The Wild Rebel is based partly on deception but not as much as some defenses Joe Lee tried through the years. You line up a guy in a shotgun snap, and he has three options. Even if you knew Darren McPhadden was going to run right or left last year, it wasn’t always easy to stop.

    Same thing here. McCluster will have the added advantage of hiding to some degree behind the bigger offensive linemen, but even if you know it’s coming, if there’s a little bit of blocking, a little crease, there should be a decent gain on the play.

    I give the Wild Rebel a better chance to succeed than Joe Lee’s “Wild Thang” defense that I saw once at State when he had all his linemen stand up and try to confuse Kentucky’s Tim Couch, who was a freshmen then. Joe Lee stayed with that for two plays I think.

    I give the Wild Rebel a better chance to succeed, but I don’t know how much of it you’ll see Saturday.

    — PA

  6. Jeff Jolly Says:

    Joe Lee did the same thing at Ole Miss against Auburn. I will never forget it. Stan White was a senior and pre-season all SEC. He came to the line for the first play, looked at 11 Rebels standing up and jumping around at the line of scrimmage and called a time out. The crowd roared. It really rattled Auburn and their senior QB. He kept the Auburn offense confused all night and the Rebels won handily.

  7. ColoradoReb Says:

    Good analysis PA. I know it will be fun to watch as it was at Ark. Nutt may have some elements of the formation he has not shown as well. I have always been a fan of the option it just gives you, well, more options and the element of suprise. Not knocking Joe Lee as a coach, it just seemed once his defense was out, you could read it like a book. Wonder how he is doing at NM State?

  8. tcfan Says:

    Nutt didn’t mention it too much, which leads me to believe he’ll run it twice or three times to try to throw Memphis off.

    I also saw where Enrique AND Bolden are #2 on the depth chart. I think once Enrique gets adjusted to playing in the SEC, he has the most BIG TIME potential than the rest.

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