FOOTBALL: Catching up with Tyrone Nix

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix assesses his players and overall unit after two games.

(How is Patrick Trahan coming along?)

He’s progressed. He’s obviously improved a lot from the start of camp. All of our kids have improved. We saw a big improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, but we have to come out here and get better every day. That’s one of the things that we’re really focusing on.

(Is Trahan playing as fast as you want right now?)
Oh no, but he’s progressing. He’s getting better. As long as he keeps improving we can give him more and more reps, more opportunities.

(You made some depth chart moves today.)

We’re beginning to get some guys healthy. Ted Laurent, he’s full speed, he gets a chance to start. He was a starter before his injury. Peria’s back, hopefully full speed, he gets to start. That allows us the opportunity to get Marcus Tillman back out at defensive end.

Marcus brings consistency. He’s a bigger body. He can play the run. He’s really sound fundamentally, but probably not as much speed as you look for out of that position, but a guy you can count on every snap to do the right things.

(What have you thought of the first two weeks?)

The second game was a whole lot better than the first game. The first game we were average at best. Saturday we were much better in the run game. We weren’t real bad in the passing game, so we improved.

(What do you attribute the improvement in run defense to?)
Understanding the schemes, trusting your teammate and fitting where you’re supposed to … believing in what we’re teaching.

— PA

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10 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Catching up with Tyrone Nix”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    Believe he knows what he’s talking about. I continue to be impressed more with this coaching staff every day. Thanks, PA, for asking the Trahan questions. He’s another guy who, I think, will be a great player for the Rebs.

  2. djrebel Says:

    I’ve got a feature on Trahan for tomorrow’s print edition. They think Trahan will be a player, but Nix is very guarded in his comments right now.

    — PA

  3. m4rebs Says:

    I know it is way too early to start talking about this, but is anybody else concerned about recruiting? It appears State has 5, 4-stars on their commit list, and we have none. I’m hoping that the success throughout the season on our side will start pulling in some of the higher profile recruits, then again, I think I’ve heard a solid 3-star is a “Nutt type player” versus the unknown, unstable 5-star that probably will not qualify. Anyone’s thoughts?

  4. djrebel Says:

    I think you’re right on both counts. I think Nutt’s classes will be built on three-star players, and I think you’ll see a higher profile kid or two come on board later. I also think you’ll see talent transfer in, like Ohio State cornerback James Scott, and talent signed at placed, like running back Andre Sterling. Just a guess.

    — PA

  5. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA….hope things are going well. i have to work this weekend, so i won’t be able to go see my School by Association travel to Oxford to take on my School by Heritage. should be a good game…

    based on the interview above you posted, i take it peria is going to start? i figured they’d sit him out for one more week, just to be safe….but then i was thinking, IF he is in fact full speed again, wouldn’t a half or so in the game this weekend help get him back in the groove for Vandy? what are your thoughts?

  6. djrebel Says:

    Hey Jay. I think if he was less than full speed they wouldn’t play him. He is full speed, so let him get back to the feel of a game. You can’t live in fear of injury. That being said, I figure they treat it like any other buyout game, and if they have a big lead, as they should, he should come out early in the second half.

    — PA

  7. akrebel84 Says:

    PA, whose DE position did tillman move up and take? during the WF when i did pay attention to the ends it looked like stephens got handled pretty good by the WF offensive line on a couple of plays. How has laurent looked when he has been on his game? what do you think about the adjustments on the line? Thanks!!

  8. djrebel Says:

    I thought Scott outplayed Laurent at Wake. Scott had three tackles and a sack. Laurent had one tackle, though it was for a half-yard loss. Laurent had the job before he got hurt, which leads me to believe the coaches find him to be more consistent.

    Tillman moves ahead of Emmanuel Stephens.

    — PA

  9. RavenReb Says:

    PA, I noticed that Jerrell Powe was not listed in the WF game defensive statistics; did he play or not? his current status? RavenReb

  10. flareb Says:

    M4,
    Concerns me a bit as well……to me, Nutt is the second coming of Bobby Bowden. It seems as though a guy with his enthusiasm would be a natural on the recruiting trail but word is that he was out recruited by the Oklahoma and Texas bunch in the state of Arky. I will tell you that the guy has my admiration, to win the SEC West three times with three star talent means you get the most from your players and they buy the team concept. Arky fans have to be holding there breath right now….

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