Archive for December 28th, 2008

FOOTBALL: Evening update

December 28, 2008

Lots of devastation and mourning over here for many folks after the Cowboys’ 44-6 loss at Philadelphia. I really wasn’t bothered too much by that one. I still haven’t gotten over the Tom Landry thing in 1989.

Much of the talk around the afternoon presser was about the matchup of Texas Tech’s offensive line, which has allowed only 11 sacks over 604 pass attempts, against the Ole Miss defensive line, which leads the nation in tackles for loss.

Tech OL coach Matt Moore compares the Rebels’ front to Oklahoma and Texas, though he says Ole Miss has more depth than Texas. I’m not sure it’s a compliment to be compared to a Big 12 defense.

The Red Raiders’ OL is known for its wide splits in the fastbreak offense. Peria Jerry believes Tech will narrow those splits when “they see how quick some of the guys are.” Jerry is one of those guys.

Tomorrow’s presser has the Ole Miss offense and the Tech defense. The Rebels will be represented by fullback Jason Cook, who will play very little in the game if at all, QB Jevan Snead, WR Mike Wallace, OL Michael Oher and RB Dexter McCluster, along with coordinator Kent Austin.

— PA

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FOOTBALL: Sunday Cotton notebook

December 28, 2008
Kentrell Lockett at Sunday's news conference.

Kentrell Lockett at Sunday's news conference.

Seems like we just got here, but we’ve entered the phase of limited practice access.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt addressed media after practice, praising the weather and the scout team. Less wind today and lots of sunshine.

It’s been hard finding reserve players to simulate Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree, but Nutt like the looks the scout team was giving today.

“They came with a tremendous attitude, and you’ve got to have those guys. They know they’re not going to play, but they’re the Kodak team. They’ve got to give a picture for our team, and they did a beautiful job today on both sides of the ball.”

Nutt said his regular responded with less rust and more efficiency than they showed in Saturday’s initial Dallas workout.

Kentrell Lockett (shown above), Peria Jerry, Jamarca Sanford, Marcus Tillman and Jonathan Cornell joined defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix at a 3 p.m. news conference.

There is no planned bowl activity this evening. Players will visit a local children’s hospital tomorrow and will see the NHL’s Dallas Stars tomorrow night.

— PA