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Football Notebook: Harris dismissed

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Melvin Harris dismissed from the team

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt opened his Monday afternoon press conference by announcing that junior wide receiver Melvin Harris had been dismissed from the program.

“We’ve really tried to help him for three years,” he said. “I don’t want to get all the way involved in everything — the scenario of this thing –– but he’s going to continue to go to school and hopefully get his life in order.

“It’s just sad. I know this: I know that we did everything we could to try to help him. I know that.”

Harris was suspended for the first three games of this season for a violation of team rules, but came back and made a touchdown catch against Fresno State in his second game after returning from suspension.

The Buford, Ga., native finishes his Ole Miss career with 33 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Nutt said that Harris will “probably” transfer to a 1-AA school and finish his football career there.

Nutt impressed with Wilson, Arkansas

Looking ahead to Saturday’s matchup against No. 10 Arkansas, Nutt was very complimentary of junior quarterback Tyler Wilson and the Razorback offense.

“I think we’re facing the best quarterback in the SEC, Tyler Wilson,” he said. “Excellent quarterback; very, very accurate, can throw every ball. They are very very good on offense; they can score points.”

Wilson has thrown for 1,799 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season with only three interceptions.

One of the worrisome things about the Arkansas offense is that they use the spread offense with four elite wide receivers, but still can have success running the football. Stopping the run is something Nutt will emphasize this week.

“The thing that you can’t go to sleep on is they’ll hand that ball to Dennis Johnson, (Ronnie) Wingo,” he said. “They’ll mix it up with a draw, mix it up with an inside zone or an outside zone, a screen. If you recall last year, Knile Davis had a good game against us, and they did it with the running game. As good as their passing game is, and you have to really respect that, you’ve also got to be able to stop the run too. It’s important.”

Searching for leadership

Amidst injuries, suspensions and, most recently, a dismissal, leaders must step up for Ole Miss to be successful in the last six games of the season.

“It’s so important to hang in there when things aren’t going just right,” Nutt said. “You’ve got to keep fighting, hang on to that rope and everybody do their part.”

Players that Nutt will rely on for leadership to a young team include seniors Bradley Sowell, Damien Jackson and Brandon Bolden. The attitude they set for the team is the most important thing for Nutt.

“It’s all hands on deck, everybody doing their job,” Nutt said. “Being very, very positive, and it’s the right attitude. That’s the bottom line, you have to the right attitude in this league.”

Ole Miss-Auburn game time set

The game time for Ole Miss and No. 19 Auburn on Oct. 29 has been set for an 6 p.m. CT kickoff and will be televised by the ESPNU, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.