Senior fullback Jason Cook did not practice today but attended in shorts and a t-shirt and was vocal.
Cook sustained a knee injury against Mississippi State that was initially called an MCL sprain, an injury that is far less severe than damage to the ACL.
Players often return from an MCL sprain in 10 days or less.
Saturday Nutt said Cook’s injury was to the ACL. Obviously it’s not a major sprain or tear. Cook moving around on the knee, running and cutting.
His availability for the game won’t be known until later in the week. He’s expected to play some, but not much.
Junior Andy Hartmann will get most of the reps, but it’s also an opportunity for Nutt and his staff to tinker with other players at one of few offensive openings for 2009.
Sweet taste of success
Cook, a devout Christian, has always worked to maintain a strong positive outlook.
That wasn’t easy for him for the bulk of his college football career.
Cook redshirted in 2004, David Cutcliffe’s final season, and experienced only 10 wins as a redshirt freshman, sophomore and junior.
“I’ve always tried to attack my life head-on, full-speed in everything. What the losing seasons taught me is that no matter what happened, and what circumstances presented themselves, it wasn’t going to change who I was,” he said.
“A lot of people say you get used to losing and losing’s a mentality. The truth of the matter is even though we were losing, it never changed who I was.
“It made the winning so much sweeter. Being on the field and celebrating with the band playing at Florida, celebrating and lifting the trophy at LSU then beating State in the Egg Bowl. It’s been indescribable. You never thought you’d have a season like this and here it is happening.”
The Rebels are staying at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion Tower. They’ll practice today from 12:30-2:30 at SMU.
A news conference at the media hotel is scheduled for 2 p.m. with Texas Tech offensive players and offensive line coach Matt Moore and Ole Miss defensive players and defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix.
Players scheduled to attend for Ole Miss include DL Peria Jerry, DE Marcus Tillman, DE Kentrell Lockett, LB Jonathan Cornell and SS Jamarca Sanford.
Be nice to UP Texan
He was nice to me. UPTexan introduced himself to me as I was heading off the field today. He told me his real name, but he didn’t tell me to publish it, so I’ll leave it off.
He’s an Ole Miss grad living in the Dallas area. He says he spends a lot of time on the blog, something I endorse but his secretary doesn’t.