Wednesday Football Practice

Odds and ends from spring football today, my first trip out …

First, some D.T. Shackelford video. He’s extremely excited to be back after two years ago. What we hear from coaches as well as Shackelford himself is that he’s back physically, and right now it’s about learning the plays in a system that was different than the one he was in two years ago.

D.T. Shackelford

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Emmanuel McCray has a class conflict and gets out a little late. He arrived around 9:15 today. His absence opens up a lot more work for Robert Conyers, which is a good thing. That’s someone Matt Luke is really wanting to get a look at this spring. Conyers played a lot of right side tackle with Pierce Burton, the other starter along side McCray, moving to the left side a good bit. At one point Conyers got a quick high five from Luke after his block sprung Jeff Scott on a touchdown run. Senior Jared Duke is also getting a lot of work in the quest for depth. …

Also on the offensive line, reserve Corey Gaines has decided to transfer. …

Jack Nusimer, a senior from Nashville, was getting the first reps at tight end. The Rebels lost three seniors at the position. One of two early freshman enrollees is tight end Christian Morgan. He didn’t get much action in the team drills today. …

The other early freshman enrollee, running back Mark Dodson, had a couple of nice runs as he mixed in with third-team offensive linemen. He showed a nice burst on the outside. …

Nick Brassell is back at cornerback. His status for the fall will be determined by his success in the classroom, not at corner. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has also spoken cautiously about Brassell’s availability for the fall. Today he had a pick and looked good in run support. Not hard to see the athleticism. Charles Sawyer, Senquez Golson and Louis Covington were also mixing in at corner. …

Junior college transfer Quadarias Mireless had several catches, at least one for a touchdown. It’s not had to see him making an impact at slot receiver. The slot was a position that was never really settled until late last year when Ja-Mes Logan took over there. Mireless looks faster than Logan. …

There had been talk of moving Carlos Thompson from defensive end to tight end. That move has not been made yet. Thompson was getting some work with the first team defensive line and looked pretty good. At one point as he broke up a neck-high pass, DL coach Chris Kiffin screamed to him to catch the ball. …

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Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Mantachie

    did you get to see the qb’s work any? Is Miller kin to Romario from Shannon from a few years ago

  • Parrish Alford

    I did. Miller is bigger than Romaro and will be harder to tackle when he runs. He threw the ball OK today.

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