FOOTBALL: Ole Miss freshmen scrimmage

Freshmen and reserves who don’t get to play much got some action in practice Tuesday in a scrimmage that lasted for about 20 minutes.

The scrimmage was in the closed portion of practice, and we were not allowed to watch.

“These guys have done a good job on the scout team, guys like E.J. Epperson (tight end), Ferbia Allen (defensive end), Gerald Rivers (defensive end) and Brandon Sanders (cornerback). We’re able to give them a little extra attention this week,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said.

Among the reserves who competed were offensive linemen Bradley Sowell and Rishaw Johnson. I’m sure there were others, but these were the ones Nutt mentioned. These guys are being developed for the future and our outside the regular offensive line playing rotation right now.

Nutt also cited the play of freshman receiver Melvin Harris, a lanky 6-6, 185-pounder.

Harris and freshman quarterback Nathan Stanley have been staying after practice to work on some things.

“That’s what you need. You have to have a bunch of gym rats. This is a year-round thing. It’s the only way to get better,” Nutt said.

Stanley said the scrimmage went well but was non-committal when asked whether offense or defense had the upper hand.

He said spending a season as a redshirt isn’t easy, but it’s the best thing for him.

“It’s been hard, because I’m a competitor, but I need a year to develop physically and mentally.”

Stanley says he feels good about what he’s learned in the system and believes he could be successful in a pinch.

“I’m learning more each day. There are new things brought up in the game plan, and I’m just taking it all in.”

— PA


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