Fine-Tuning

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Friday's practice was shorter than normal, but intense as Ole Miss prepared for Saturday's Meet The Rebels scrimmage at 6 p.m. Read about it inside.

Freshman Cornerback Senquez Golson returned to practice Friday after being off a fews days trying to decide his future and tie up some loose ends at home.

He immediately made his presence known on the Ole Miss practice fields.

On his first rep in full-speed, thud contact team drills, freshman WR Donte Moncrief appeared to have Golson beaten on a post pattern. At the last instant, Senquez accelerated, caught back up and tipped the pass away.

Later, Golson was matched with freshman WR Nickolas Brassell, who ran a 15-yard out pattern and seemed to have an edge. Golson flipped his hips, showed great recovery speed, stepped in front of the pass, batted it in the air, caught it and went for a pick six.

"Man, it's outstanding to have him back and apparently he didn't miss a beat from the time he missed," said Coach Houston Nutt. "He gives us some badly needed depth. Senquez can be special - we expect him to be special, in time."


Senquez Golson
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Nutt had more than one player on his mind, however, as the Rebels prepared for the last day of August camp before school starts - Saturday's Meet The Rebels scrimmage at 6 p.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which is open to the public.

"We've had a good camp. For the most part, our guys brought it for us. We got better. Besides a few nagging injuries, it could not have been a better camp," Nutt continued. "I am looking forward to them finishing it off strong tomorrow with a good scrimmage. We will go over 100 plays, like last week, and everyone will get to play."

Nutt is looking for some pretty standard stuff Saturday.

"Again, who knows where to line up and play fast, who is going to execute, who is going to take care of the ball, who's going to tackle, block and catch. It's the little things now - who does them right," he noted. "After tomorrow's scrimmage, we turn our full attention to BYU. It's right here on us."

Random Notes:

* The injury list remained somewhat lengthy, but Friday a few of them tried to dress out and get some things done. DT Uriah Grant (groin) dressed out but was limited in what he could do; LB Joel Kight (hamstring) dressed out but was also limited; DT Gilbert Pena (broken hand) wore a Patrick Willis-type club on his right hand and went through some full-speed reps in team drills. WR Melvin Harris (back) is still out as well as DE Carlos Thompson (hip flexor), OL Josh Tatum (concussion) and LB Ralph Williams (ankle), who tried to dress out yesterday but could not go and is requiring more rest. DE Jason Jones (knee) also sat out the workout and has not practiced since the last scrimmage when he was hurt.

* The Rebel coaches are still experimenting with some different personnel at different positions. Friday, freshman Denzel Nkemdiche was given a look at cornerback as was freshman Chief Brown and veteran Vincent Moss. Also, Charles Sawyer was working some at safety as the coaches continue to explore getting more speed on the field. Nick Parker was given a look at defensive end earlier this week, but he was back on offense at TB/FB Friday.

* OLB Damien Jackson had to leave practice after injuring his knee. "I don't know how serious it is, but I'm about to go find out," said Nutt. "I hope it's just tweaked." The early prognosis was he will be OK and it is not a major injury.

* Kickoff return, you ask? The Rebels seem to have a lot of options and four pairs of deep men worked today. Jeff Scott and Derrick Herman took the first rep followed by Philander Moore and Brandon Bolden, Nick Brassell and Collins Moore and Tobias Singleton and Senquez Golson. Options aplenty. All those guys have explosiveness. "We did not have that many choices last year," said Special Teams Coordinator James Shibest. "We are looking for someone who will secure the ball, make good decisions and has some explosiveness to make a play. We think we have several candidates for that. Right now, Jeff is the guy."

* It appears OL Coach Mike Markuson is settling in more with certain players at certain positions. Friday, freshman Aaron Morris, who has been playing mostly number two RT, was put behind Patrick Junen at left guard and Alex Washington was moved from backup LG to backup RT. Junen and Morris are in a battle for the top LG slot.

* Collins Moore, the freshman wideout, has been working most of camp in the slot, but he's now working some out wide at the 'X' as well.

* Friday, QB Randall Mackey took most of the reps with the number one offense. Barry Brunetti and Zack Stoudt got some one reps as well, but the bulk of them went to #1 (Mackey).

* Granted Kight and Williams are out, which thins up the LB slots a lot, but freshman Keith Lewis is making a mark. He got first-team reps Friday and was the object of DC Tyrone Nix's praise on more than one play. He's coming.

* OL Terrell Brown, the massive one, got some reps Friday at a number three defensive tackle. If nothing else, the 6-10, 370-pounder fills two holes in the line.

* As mentioned in a prior report, two other newcomers to the back end of the defense are making some practice noise as well. S Cody Prewitt is gaining more and more trust from the coaches, it seems, on a daily basis. Ditto for OLB Aaron Garbutt, who is backing up Jackson right now.

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