While the Rebels celebrated their sixth win and bowl-eligibility – a first since 2003 – Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says Sunday’s workout indicated that they are “still hungry” and will be focused on improving their bowl standing.
The Rebels have two chances to do that – Saturday at LSU and next Friday at home against Mississippi State.
Here’s what Nutt had to say on a few other topics.
On LSU’s comeback from a 31-3 deficit against Troy: “It starts with defense when you watch the film. They get turnovers, set up their offense in great field position and physically just wore them down. They really did a good job of running the football, hit a couple of play-action passes.
As far as their mindset, I don’t know what it will be, but I know what to expect, because I’ve been going against them for such a long time. I know the type of atmosphere there will be there.”
On his win last year with Arkansas against then-No. 1 LSU: “That was a long time ago. You understand what you’re facing. You know the type of athletes they have. You can take the names off the jerseys from year to year, and they all look the same.”
On injuries: “The first group really didn’t play that much, so we expect everybody to be ready to go. We had a few bumps and bruises but nothing serious.”
Nutt said Shay Hodge (heel) and Jason Cook (concussion) looked good in Sunday’s workout. Hodge, the starting split end, was less than full strength against La.-Monroe and did not have a catch.
Cook, the starting fullback, was held out of offensive work but did get in on the extra-point team.