August 19, 2011 8:16:00 AM
OXFORD -- Inclement weather didn''t stop the University of Mississippi football team from getting work done Thursday in full pads at the Indoor Practice Facility.
Coach Houston Nutt then surprised the team by canceling the evening practice for some team leisure activities.
"We''re a little leg weary, and we have a lot of guys fighting through some things, so we decided to make our early practice the full pad one today," Nutt said. "I was glad to see Mike Marry (middle linebacker) back out there today. He looked good, very physical.
"I can see a big jump in our understanding of the terminology and what we are trying to do, things that were vague to them in the spring. We''ve been through the whole book, and it''s great to see things coming together."
The coaches will use Saturday''s scrimmage, which is part of Meet The Rebels Day, to narrow down some positions.
"The scrimmage will be big for us in determining the pecking order for several positions that are real close," Nutt said. "We''re looking forward to seeing who''s going to take a step for us and keep coming.
The scrimmage will be similar to the one the team has last Saturday, and will feature 100-plus plays, Nutt said.
Preseason drills will continue today. Practices are closed to the public.
Meet the Rebels Day will be Saturday in the Indoor Practice Facility on campus. The event, which begins at noon with lunch, includes autograph opportunities with the football, soccer, and volleyball teams, raffles for tickets and other prizes, shopping for official team gear, and the open scrimmage in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.