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Nutt: Mississippi freshmen have to step up

AP Sports Writer

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt has raved constantly about his incoming freshman class, saying it's one of the most talented groups he's had in 14 years of coaching in the Southeastern Conference.

It better be, because it appears he'll have to use it immediately.

The Rebels went through their first preseason practice on Saturday evening, with several true freshmen receiving ample playing time with the starters or second team. The practice was indoors because of the threat of thunderstorms in the area.

The Rebels also have a three-man quarterback race to settle over the next month. Sophomore Barry Brunetti was the first-team quarterback during the first practice, but Nutt says juniors Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt also have an opportunity to win the job.

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