By Adam Brown
With the Ole Miss Rebels football team’s first game of the season right around the corner against the Memphis Tigers, the Rebels had their second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday.
Head coach Matt Luke met with the media on Monday and said that he was pleased with the energy, body language and the competitive spirit between the offense and defense.
Senior running back Scottie Phillips had a good run early in the game, and the defense bounced back and played well toward the end of the scrimmage, according to Luke.
“It was a good scrimmage and a big improvement from the first one,” Luke said.
The Rebels head into the third week of camp this week healthy with only minor injuries for some of the players.
Senior defensive back Jaylen Julius rolled his ankle and was limited on Monday but should return Tuesday. Freshman offensive lineman Hamilton Hall had a high ankle sprain that might have him down for four or five more days, according to Luke.
With less than two weeks until kickoff, the coaching staff has started to introduce the Memphis game plan to players, along with strategies on keeping a steady game pace. The Rebels are still looking for potential players for certain positions, according to Luke.
Senior offensive lineman Alex Givens is in the process of returning from back surgery and building a foundation to be game ready.
“So when (Givens) does come back he is not starting at zero,” Luke said. “He is built and is starting to do more and work with his legs more.”
Ole Miss takes the gridiron for the first time this season on Aug. 31, at the Liberty Bowl against the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on ABC.