FOOTBALL: Quick notes from the presser

Kickoff for the Nov. 1 home game against Auburn will be at 11:30 a.m. for a Raycom telecast. That means afternoon football for the remaining three home games — 1 p.m. for La.-Monroe and 11:30 a.m. for MSU. (I’m digging that.)

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt talked a little about his return to Arkansas but in general tried not to spend too much time on those questions, and there were many.

Nutt did debunk the CBS rumor that Greg Hardy didn’t have his special shoes at Alabama Saturday. He said the Ole Miss equipment team is the best in America, and he said Hardy had the shoes has has to wear since surgery on his right foot to repair a stress fracture in August.

Hardy played sparingly, because he injured that foot. His status for the Arkansas game is unclear. Nutt said he may know more on Hardy’s status when the Rebels return to practice Tuesday.

He will also find out then about Darryl Harris (elbow), the starting left guard, who was not in on the final drive.

The good news on the injury front is that defensive tackle Peria Jerry is expected to play. Jerry has long been nursing a hyper-extended elbow and has added a dislocated finger to his own personal mix.

Jerry had seven tackles, 2 1/2 for loss, a sack and a forced fumble at Alabama.

Nutt singled out the play of young receivers Lionel Breaux and Markeith Summers and said their playing time will increase down the stretch. They’re getting the chance due in part to their hustle and productivity on special teams.

There was a lot of talk about Dexter McCluster and his fumbles. Nutt said he believes he’s addressed this with McCluster in the “right way” and that it’s “hard to set a guy like that down.” McCluster did not attend the presser. Ole Miss is 3-0 when he doesn’t turn the ball over and 0-4 when he does.

— PA


10 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Quick notes from the presser”

  1. Tyler-for-Heisman Says:

    That’s suprising about Ole Miss’s record when McCluster fumbles. I guess I thought he had a turnover in all seven. Maybe it just feels like that.

  2. RebelGiant Says:

    Hey PA,

    How many ‘key’ seniors or upper classmen will the Rebs lose this year?


  3. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Just apply bit of stickum on the fingers of Dexter before the game, but warn him not to fiddle with his curls.

  4. rebnutt Says:

    Also PA, on the question above, how do you see the replacement strength? E.g., Wallace might not be so sorely missed with the number of younger receivers (incl. a really tall redshirt Nutt has praised–from Ga.?what’s his name?) but what about Oher and Jerry, etc. Do you see us needing to go the Juco route for linemen?

  5. djrebel Says:

    Off the top of my head the key losses on defense will be Peria Jerry and Greg Hardy, though they’re practically playing without Hardy this season.

    Jamarca Sanford will be gone. Right now Fon Ingram is the backup. He’s not getting much playing time. Could see a newcomer slip in there or perhaps Johnny Brown moving from free to strong.

    On offense Michael Oher, Darryl Harris and Maurice Miller will be gone from the line. This will be a group to watch in the spring. They like their young reserves, but you don’t pull OLs very much so guys like Bradley Sowell, Alex Washington and Rishaw Johnson aren’t getting on the field.

    They lose Mike Wallace at WR, but there’s a lot of talent and depth there.

    — PA

  6. Raleighrebel Says:

    Anybody watching Monday night football and watching Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis run over the Denver Broncos defense? He’s having a great game.

  7. djrebel Says:

    I watched him a little bit in the third quarter. I didn’t realize he was still on the team. I’m glad for BenJarvus. He was one of the bright spots of the Ed years, a hard worker who always respected his teammates and himself.

    — PA

  8. Will Says:

    Greg Hardy is a junior. He may very well enter the draft this year, but I don’t see that he has had the productive year this year that he had last year due to his injury. If he could stay for his senior year and remain healthy and focused, he could very well be a first rounder.

    Now the obvious question, do you know something we don’t?

  9. paul kelly Says:

    hardy may be wearing a little thin with the current staff. sometimes you have to cut your losses and move on. this may be the case for hardy.

  10. djrebel Says:

    Paul, I think you’re in the neighborhood. Will, the draft is more about potential than whatever stats Hardy puts together this year. Scouts have seen enough of what Hardy can do. Hardy isn’t a good college fit, and my guess is he’s gone.

    — PA

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