College Football Report on Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State & LSU

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - SOUTHERN MISS: The Golden Eagles football team was back on the practice field Tuesday after taking Monday off.  Coach Larry Fedora ran his troops through a two-hour workout in shoulder pads and shorts.

"We had a really good day," Fedora said.  "Obviously everything is South Carolina at this point.  Guys understand their focus and they are locked in and they know what has to be done."

Southern Miss kicks off the 2010 season on September 2, at South Carolina.  It's the Golden Eagles first road season-opener in four years.

Southern Miss announced that they have exhausted their allotment of tickets for the South Carolina game.  Golden Eagle fans can still purchase seats online at or at 1-800-4SC-FANS.

OLE MISS: Rebels head coach Houston Nutt was satisfied with his teams workout with one exception, he wants his team to close on a stronger note.

Nutt said, "We had a good day today, except towards the end.   We turned the ball over and had a bad snap.  We have to take care of the ball.  That's why we work on the snapping drill.  For the most part it was pretty good after the day off yesterday."

Senior safety Fon Ingram will have his knee scoped on Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  He's expected to miss up to four weeks.  Nutt is looking for other safeties to step up left by Ingram's injury.

"Brishen Mathews has to get ready for college ball," Nutt said.  "He has no choice, he has to get ready.  He isn't quite there, yet.  He still needs about ten more days.  Damien Jackson is getting more comfortable at both safety positions.  We need both guys and Johnny Brown to step up."

Nutt also announced that redshirt freshman safety Terrell Grant had been moved to wide receiver.  He also said he was pleased with the depth of the Rebels running backs.

"I feel good about our running backs.  I know with Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis we can pound the ball.  You have Devin Thomas and Rodney Scott, who can both run the ball.  Then you have a guy like Jeff Scott, who has different speed."

The Rebels open the 2010 season on September 4 at 2:30 against Jacksonville State in Oxford.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: After working out at the South Farm intramural fields during training camp, the Bulldogs practiced in the Palmeiro Center around a scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium last week.  On Tuesday head coach Dan Mullen had his Bulldogs return to their routine.

Mississippi State was back on the familiar practice location adjacent to the Holliman Athletic Center on Tuesday afternoon for its first practice on the Shira Complex Field in 17 days.

Mullen said, "We worked on some situations again today.  We've got to get ready to play in less than two weeks, so we need to make sure we're ready in all facets of the game."

The Bulldogs open the new season next Saturday against Memphis at Davis Wade Stadium at 6:00 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

LSU: Tigers head coach Les Miles hasn't been able to solidify the fullback position and sophomore fullback Dominque Allen was expected to be a fullback of the future.  That won't happen.  Allen has been released from the football program.

The 5-11, 275 pound Allen played in one game in 2009 and was previously suspended for violating team rules.

His departure opens the door for Ocean Springs High School true freshman Travis Dickson, the younger brother of former LSU tight end Richard Dickson.  James Stampley, Richard Dugas and Kellen Theriot are also vying for playing time at fullback.

16th ranked LSU kicks off the 2010 campaign in the Georgia Dome on September 4 against 18th ranked North Carolina.

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