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Padding Up

The first day of pads for the Ole Miss Rebels went as expected - the monkey jumped on their backs with about 30 minutes to go in the practice session and it was a grind to the finish line.

The first week of August practice is all about adjusting. The first two days is adjusting to having their bodies in proper football positions again. The next two days - when shoulder pads are introduced to practices - are adjusting to contact. Then, it's "real football," with full pads and adjusting to the weight of the entire uniform. Wednesday was the first day of full pads. "We have to get...