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Football news & notes: preparations for Fresno, Mackey may start

Lee sees improvements

While the win-loss result wasn’t any better, Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee said he saw improvement on offense Saturday against Georgia.

“We are showing improvement; we are getting better,” he said. “Execution is getting better, we are staying on our blocks longer and we are starting to finish blocks. All those things are really encouraging.

“I think it was about this time last year (Ole Miss) really got it going. Hopefully, that’s going to take place again.”

Lee said he’s working with junior quarterback Zack Stoudt and helping him with his confidence. Lee said Stoudt feels as though after having two good games, his confidence took a hit after his five-interception game. Lee believes most of those picks were out of Stoudt’s control.

“(Stoudt) got hit late in the game (Georgia); I thought it hurt him some,” he said. “He’s not lost his confidence, but he got hit a little bit the other night, and he didn’t finish the game. He certainly had a good start. He came out there good and had bad luck with touchdowns called back and those kind of things.”

Nix ready to go

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said he is pleased with the way his team has practiced this week leading up to Saturday’s game against Fresno State.

“We have been very enthusiastic this week –– practicing with a purpose,” Nix said. “They are playing with a passion and are trying to go out and win another ball game.”

Nix said his defense will feature several freshmen on the field in Fresno on Saturday, including linebacker Serderius Bryant, whom the coaches were very pleased with after recording eight tackles in Saturday’s game. Another freshman linebacker, CJ Johnson, along with freshmen defensive backs Cody Prewitt, Nickolas Brassell and Senquez Golson, are all expected to see playing time on the defensive side of the ball Saturday.

Rebels ready for Carr

After facing some talented quarterbacks in BYU’s Jake Heaps and Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Nix said the Rebels may face the best to date when they have to defend Fresno State sophomore quarterback Derek Carr. Carr is the younger brother of former Fresno State and 2002 NFL Draft No. 1 overall selection David Carr. Nix said he has been very impressed with what the younger Carr has shown on film.

“I see an outstanding quarterback,” he said.

“He has some outstanding weapons. They max protect a lot and throw the ball up deep and give them a chance to make plays. He is pretty sharp.”

Mackey may start at quarterback

Junior quarterback Randall Mackey has been working with the starters the past couple of days. After practice Wednesday, he would not say whether or not he would be the starter come Saturday.

“I don’t know, maybe,” Mackey said. “I have been getting a lot of reps with the first team, and that’s a good start for me.”

If Mackey starts Saturday, it will be his first start as an Ole Miss Rebel.