07-26-2009, 11:14 PM
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Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Friday, July 24, 2009
Rebels no longer a surprise as SEC contenders
By: Wes Rucker
HOOVER, Ala. -- Houston Nutt's surging Ole Miss football program doesn't have many problems, relatively speaking.
Unlike most of the conference's traditional powers other than Florida, the Rebels return their star quarterback from last season, Jevan Snead.
End Greg Hardy is one of several significant players back on the line-led Ole Miss defense. Tailback Dexter McCluster, like Snead, was a key offensive component of a team that shocked LSU and defending national champion Florida on the road.
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The Rebels have a few reasons for concern, though, and one of them is literally quite large.
"I've got a 600-pound problem," Nutt said during Thursday's afternoon session at the SEC media days.
Actually, Nutt has two 300-pound problems. The Rebels must replace Michael Oher and Peria Jerry, two first-round NFL draft picks who anchored the Ole Miss lines last season.
Oher went No. 23 overall to the New England Patriots, and Jerry -- arguably the SEC's most unheralded star last season -- went No. 24 to the Atlanta Falcons.
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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