Reviewing Ole Miss' scrimmage


The big news coming out of Ole Miss' second major scrimmage of the preseason this past Saturday really wasn't much news at all to those in and around that program.

Coach Houston Nutt said he will continue to allow the Rebels' quarterback situation to evolve and that he plans to play both Nathan Stanley and Jeremiah Masoli in the opener against Jacksonville State. The bigger news was that he will at least consider a redshirt season for junior college newcomer Randall Mackey, who's also been working at quarterback.

Stanley finished 10-of-11 for 117 yards and also had a 20-yard touchdown run. Masoli was 5-of-10 for 124 yards and threw two touchdown passes. He also had a 61-yard pass to Lionel Breaux that was called back because of pass interference.

Nutt emphasized that he feels comfortable with both quarterbacks in the game and added that Mackey was also really good when "he knows where everybody is."

One of the best things to happen to the Rebels this spring has been the development of sophomore receiver Melvin Harris, who caught four passes for 131 yards. One of those was a 76-yard touchdown on a little swing pass where he broke a tackle and then outran everybody to the end zone. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Harris looks like he will be a big part of the Ole Miss offense this season.

Defensively, linebacker D.T. Shackelford was again all over the place with 3.5 sacks. He's had a terrific preseason camp, and Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix also likes what freshman Carlos Thompson is giving the Rebels at end.

Nutt mentioned Martez Eastland, Jared Duke, Vincent Sanders and Brishen Mathews as four other freshmen who made big impressions in the scrimmage.

Here's a video of Nutt talking about the scrimmage along with a few highlights.