Saturday, November 28, 2020

Luke Pleased With Energy, Enthusiasm as Rebels Return to Camp

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Quarterback Matt Corral on the practice field. Photo by Adam Brown.

The Ole Miss football team returned to the practice field Monday morning in preparation for the season opener against the Memphis Tigers.

The Rebels spent the first two days of camp without pads and on Monday laced up to start contact. 

“We spent the first two days without pads on trying to get our feet underneath us,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said.

On Saturday, Luke said the heat got to the team, but the overall energy has been positive. 

“We still have a lot of things to work on. I’m pleased with the effort and the physicality – that’s what I like seeing,” he said.

The young offensive line is led by senior Alex Givens and Michael Howard, additionally, who Luke said has “really stepped up” during camp. 

“(The “O” line) is preparing with a sense of urgency and with a chip on their shoulder,” Luke said. “(Howard’s) added weight has really helped him.”

Luke also spoke to his two senior tight ends who are thriving in camp – Jason Pellerin and Octavious Cooley.

“With two veteran guys we will also be able to run the ball,” he said.

Ole Miss opens the 2019 season on the banks of the Mississippi River as they take on the Memphis Tigers Aug. 30. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. on ABC.