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Wednesday Ole Miss football notebook

Counting down

The Ole Miss football team is one day closer to the first game of the season after finishing practice on Wednesday afternoon. Coach Housto Nutt believes his team is ready.

“We are one day closer," Nutt said. "We are getting more and more anxious. Tomorrow we will work on the 2-minute situations, then we will be 48 hours away from kickoff. They are ready to go.”

Ole Miss plans on using several newcomers including freshmen at some key positions, while Nutt says the players are anxious they have not shown any nervousness.

“They are anxious," Nutt said of the newcomers. "They aren’t showing any nervousness, not right now at least, but they may once they run out of that tunnel and put their hand on Chucky Mullins, but not right now they aren’t.”

Nix impressed with Heaps

BYU sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps had a very strong freshman season throwing for 2316 yards completing 219 passes on 383 attempts while throwing 15 touchdowns to nine interceptions. His strong performance last year has not gone unnoticed by Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix.

“He’s really good.” Nix said of Heaps. “ I think he’s underrated as a runner, he has outstanding ability and an outstanding arm, I think he will be the best quarterback we have faced since I have been here at Ole Miss.”

During Nix time at Ole Miss, the Rebels have faced NFL quarterbacks Ryan Mallett as well as Heisman Trophy winners Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.

Welcome back

Saturday’s meeting between Ole Miss and BYU will mark the first meeting between the two schools as well as Ole Miss’ first game against a team from the state of Utah. The game will also be BYU’s first trip to Mississippi since facing Mississippi State in Starkville in 2001. The Cougars are 2-2 all time against teams from Mississippi and are 1-3 versus teams from the SEC with only win coming on their trip to Starkville in 2001.

Independent

When BYU and Ole Miss kickoff on Saturday it will mark the first game for BYU since leaving the Mountain West Conference and becoming an independent. Ole Miss is 1-2 all time against current BCS independents Army, Navy and Notre Dame with the only victory coming against Notre Dame in 1977. The loss was Notre Dame's only loss of the year and they also went on to win the national championship.