Rebuilding year for Ole Miss

Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)
Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Houston Nutt knows this football season won't be easy as the Ole Miss head football coach prepares a younger, less experienced team for battle in the SEC.

"As you look forward to this year, we lost a lot, we lost a lot."

Nutt spoke to reporters Friday at SEC Media Days about filling the holes left by players who either graduated or left college early for careers in pro football, including quarterback Jevan Snead.

"We didn't anticipate that," Nutt said. "About 2500 yards, basically 18 wins in two seasons. Really miss that experience."

A majority of the media at the SEC Media Days picked Ole Miss to finish last in the SEC West this season, a vote Nutt appreciated.

"Thank you," Nutt said to the reporters. "That's all right. It's good. It really doesn't matter."

Ole Miss will play four of its first five games at home in Oxford. Nutt said that will help his young team mature and gain confidence.

"Schedule is really in our favor early on," Nutt said. "We got to take advantage of it."

The Ole Miss Rebels begin practice on August 8 and play their first game on September 4 against Jacksonville State.

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