November 1, 2007

Orgeron makes sure Rebels are focused

Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron said earlier in the week that his team couldn't afford to look past anyone.

And with Northwestern State coming to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday, Orgeron said he made it a priority to keep his team's attention on the Demons, fighting the temptations to overlook a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (the former I-AA) school.

"You just have to work them hard," Orgeron said. "I talked to them about that today, about my expectations. We talked about what's going on and exactly what I my expectations for them are.

"I think for the moist part, they're going to do it."

Orgeron said defensive tackle Peria Jerry rejoined the team at practice Thursday along with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. However, Orgeron doesn't know how much use he'll get out of his leading rusher.

"I don't know how much BenJarvus is going to play because he's still banged up. It was his first day of practice."

In his absence, the Rebels would likely turn to senior Bruce Hall and sophomore Cordera Eason.

"I'd really love to see Cordera play," Orgeron said. "He deserves it."

Other young guys should see more time, including Lawon Scott, Ted Laurent and Allen Walker.

Freshman Chris Strong could also see some time as he continues to learn how to compete along the defensive line.

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