FOOTBALL: Tuesday practice notes

On Monday Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt described the Rebels as basically healthy going into Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe, but there were some noteworthy absences in the open period of practice today.

The Rebels worked indoors in shoulder pads and shorts.

Senior fullback Jason Cook, expected to be back for today’s practice, was not in attendance. Cook has been recovering from a concussion sustained against Auburn on Nov. 1. He’s getting close, but he wasn’t on the field today.

Wide receiver Shay Hodge was at practice but was on the side in shorts and a t-shirt, not participating.

Defensive tackle Lawon Scott was not in attendance.

In Scott’s absence freshman Justin Smith lined up with the first team with Jerrell Powe on the second team.

We should learn a little about these guys at the post-practice briefing.

One player who did appear healthy, at least as healthy as he’s been in sometime, was defensive end Greg Hardy.

His right foot was wrapped, but he moved well with no visible limp and went through all drills that we’re allowed to see in the early minutes of work.

— PA

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4 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Tuesday practice notes”

  1. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA…in jason cook’s absence, i’m guessing andy hartmann has been getting some time working with the first team. do you get the feeling the coaching staff might be playing it safe and giving cook the option of taking the ULM game to recover? i’ve heard hartmann is a good player in the making….it would be neat to see him get some snaps.

  2. donttouchatwire Says:

    there is a lot of jibba jabba over on the message boards about a rift between boone and nutt. any validity to it that you are aware of?

  3. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I think they are playing it safe. They’re confident in Hartmann, and this could be a game to further break in a guy who may play a key role next year. Cook is someone that could practice only one day and then get in the game and play. You also have to be careful with concussions.

    Wire, I don’t think there’s any more rift between Boone and Nutt than there are with any of the Ole Miss coaches. Boone did a good job in his role of getting Kennedy and Nutt to campus, but he’s a nickle and dime guy who can be hard to deal with on budget stuff. I’ve heard the same stuff. I just don’t think it’s a huge deal right now.

    By means of updating the practice notes, Hodge’s injury is a foot. They thought he’d be back today, but now it’s maybe tomorrow. Scott was actually at practice. He must have shown up late, because we didn’t see him at stretching.

    — PA

  4. m4rebs Says:

    I hope there is. It’s time for Boone to go…….again. This one is a no-brainer. If it’s him or Nutt, I don’t think there will be 1 question in Chanc. K’s mind. It was different when it was after a 3-7 campaign between Cut and Boone. You come off a 7-5 or 8-4 campaign after a 3 win season in a 1st year. Then again, that may be the avenue out for Nutt. Auburn and UT will probably be a calling.

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