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Hill Reviews Idaho,Talks Rebels
True freshman safety Charles Washington did not play last Saturday versus Idaho despite making the trip. Coach Hill says he still would like to redshirt Washington this season if he can. Hill expects senior safety Zak Hill back soon to increase the depth behind starters Terrance Dennis and Cris Wilson. Converted cornerbacks Sean Alston and J.B. Dock are the current backup safeties. Junior center Richard Helepiko is expected back this week says Hill. He will get the start at center if he is able to play Saturday. Current starting center Leslie Cooper will move to left guard – he started the season opener at right guard – moving current starting left guard Trevor Richter to the "sixth man" on the line. Hill says he doesn't want to move Austin Wentworth from right guard. He wants the right side of the line to remain with Wentworth at guard and Cody Wichmann at tackle. Left guard Matt Hunt, who started the first two games, remains out this week. Backup running back A.J. Ellis remains out with an ankle injury. He didn't make the trip to Idaho. Milton Knox gained 27 yards in relief on Saturday as well Michael Harris saw his first action on offense of the season versus the Vandals. The kick coverage unit changed personnel prior to the Idaho game. The same unit will practice again this week. Hill says return game is average. He says he was happy with the kick coverage team on four of six returns (those four Idaho started inside its own 20). However, the Bulldogs gave up long returns on the other two, which Hill says came on aborted returns where the Vandal return man went opposite his blockers. Ole Miss comes in 1-3 off consecutive SEC losses to Vanderbilt and Georgia. The Rebels opened the season with a 14-13 loss to BYU. Their lone victory came against FCS power Southern Illinois. The Rebels defense ranks No. 102 in the nation by giving up 200.5 yards per game on the ground. On offense, they are averaging only 91.8 rushing yards per game. Ole Miss amassed 578 yards of total offense, including 425 yards rushing last season in a 55-38 win over the Bulldogs. Hill says the Rebels resemble last year's team save not having the option threat quarterback Jeremiah Masoli presented last season. But Hill noted Ole Miss has been using quarterback Randall Mackey more as a running threat. Zack Stoudt is the Rebels starting quarterback and has thrown for 469 yards and four touchdowns through four games. Mackey has thrown for 106 and rushed for 54 in three games. Hill noted Jeff Scott as a player for the Bulldogs to stop. Ole Miss uses Scott at running back, Wildcat, kick/punt returner, and he is the Rebels third leading receiver. Hill also pointed to Ole Miss returning their entire offensive line from 2010 and the athletes on the roster giving them the ability to run the ball much better than the less than 100 yards they are currently averaging. However, Brandon Bolden, who torched the ‘Dogs for over 200 yards rushing last season is not playing well. "He's not himself, we all know that," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Sunday about Bolden. "He can't hit the hole and cut like he wants to. He's just not the same Brandon. He's out there trying to give us all he has but it is difficult when you're not at full speed, especially at tailback." Follow @BB_C Discuss in BarkBoard.com Forums. If you have not by now, subscribe to BarkBoard.com. Click HERE to get access to the members-only content from BB.C and the nation-wide Scout.com network. ©Copyright 2011, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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