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Brunetti Cutting Down On “Disasters” As UM Opener Approaches

The good news is Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti improved during Wednesday’s practice.  The bad news is his coach’s use of the word “disaster” to describe some of his play during Tuesday’s practice.

New offensive coordinator David Lee is happy with Brunetti’s improvement since being named the team’s opening day starter, but a ringing endorsement this is not:

“I wasn’t excited about (Tuesday’s practice).  Barry Brunetti had numerous errors.  Had nine and about three of them were disasters.

I thought he really improved today and cut it to about six or five, which is what you like to see happen as we get closer and closer to the BYU game.”

With Randall Mackey suspended for the opener, Lee says Zack Stoudt will be “ready to go” if needed.  “We’ll see how Barry does.  If he’s doing well, we’ll stay right there with Barry.”

Just as long as avoids disasters.

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SEC Headlines – 6/20/11 Part Two

1.  Another list — Charlie Weis, Steve Kragthorpe and David Lee as the SEC’s “most intriguing offensive coordinators” in 2011.

2.  Derek Dooley showed heart and humor while visiting a tornado-hit area of East Tennessee.

3.  One of four Auburn players arrested on charges of armed robbery had his “youthful offender status” request denied.

4.  Gene Chizik’s plan of surrounding himself with ace recruiters has paid off big for all involved.

5.  A decision on Rotnei Clarke’s very public request for a scholarship release from Arkansas could come today.

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New OC Lee Says UM Is Ready To Run

Houston Nutt has a team that looks — on paper — to be built for the run game.  The coach went out this offseason and hired offensive coordinator David Lee who had worked with him during his rush-happy days at Arkansas.  And now Lee believes his unit is ready to fire up the ground attack in Oxford.

“Our guys know what kind of personality we want to have based on how we practiced, and that’s to be a tough, physical run-first football team,” Lee told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

With inexperience at quarterback, expect the Rebels to lean on the run much more than the pass this season.  Last year, Ole Miss averaged 207.6 yards per game on the ground and finished third in the SEC in rushing.

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SEC Headlines – 4/18/11 Part Two

1.  Gene Chizik’s “War Eagle” comment as the grand marshal of yesterday’s NASCAR race at Talladega — by God — drew some boos from Alabama fans.

2.  Gus Malzahn puts a lot of pressure on his quarterbacks.

3.  Nick Saban isn’t ruling out a quarterback rotation at Alabama.

4.  The defense stole the show in Saturday’s A-Day Game.

5.  Eight of the 10 highest-attended spring games were in the SEC… and Arkansas came in #5 in the league.

6.  Houston Nutt says he might “get antsy” this fall, but coming out of spring he says his decision to give David Lee more control of the offense has worked well.

7.  Ole Miss has a lot of different options when it comes to using their quarterbacks… which usually means a team doesn’t have a true clear-cut starter.

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Ole Miss Announces Lee’s Return, Rader’s Exit

Ole Miss has officially announced the hiring of Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee… and the departure of last year’s QBs coach and passing-game coordinator Dave Rader.  Mike Markuson will continue in his role as O-line coach and run-game coordinator.

In a surprising move, Houston Nutt says that he’ll turn over play-calling duties to his old buddy, Lee.

“I’ve been thinking about this for the past year as far as giving up some of those duties to allow myself to go both sides,” Nutt told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Lee has been at Ole Miss before.  In fact, he was the quarterback coach when Kent Austin was in Oxford as a player.  Austin was Nutt’s passing-game coordinator in 2009 before taking over as head coach at Cornell.  Austin’s exit opened the door for Rader who’s now being shown the door in favor of Lee.  Got that?

Interestingly, the Ole Miss offense averaged nearly 31 points per game this season and ranked third in the SEC in rushing.  The possibility for changes on the defensive side of the ball remains.

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