Spring Answers: Mississippi


Houston Nutt, Jevan Snead
Houston Nutt, Jevan Snead

Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt, right, holds on to quarterback Jevan Snead (4) during a time out in the first half of the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2. Snead left the Rebels in a bind at quarterback when he decided to skip his senior season.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 2:48 p.m.

Veteran UF football beat writer Robbie Andreu breaks down SEC spring football.

Facts

Early predictions

EAST
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. South Carolina
4. Tennessee
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt

WEST
1. Alabama
2. Arkansas
3. LSU
4. Auburn
5. Ole Miss
6. Mississippi State

— Robbie Andreu

2009 record: 9-4 overall, 4-4 in the SEC (3rd in the West).

The upside: Nathan Stanley came on strong down the stretch and started showing leadership qualities at quarterback. He threw for 166 yards and two TDs in the spring game and will enter two-a-days as the No. 1 guy. ... The Ole Miss defensive front should be one of the SEC's strongest. ... Tailback Enrique Davis pumped some much-needed life into the running game with a good performance in the spring game.

The downside: Jevan Snead's mystifying decision to leave early for the NFL has left the Rebels in a quandary at quarterback. The only scholarship quarterback on the roster this spring was Raymond Cotton, who underwent surgery for a partially torn labrum after the spring game. The Rebels also don't have anyone (at the moment) capable of replacing Dexter McCluster, one of the SEC's top offensive playmakers a year ago.

Spring star: Safety Johnny Brown emerged as one of the Rebels' best players.

Outlook: The defense should be very good, but there are lot of question marks on offense. Houston Nutt says quarterback play could be even better than a year ago. If it's not, the Rebels will finish in the bottom half of the division.

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