November 20, 2007

Rebels hope to end on a high note

The Ole Miss football team practiced inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Tuesday, as the Rebels prepared for one game they'll remember.

Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron and his team will have plenty at stake when they travel to Starkville Friday to face Mississippi State, but perhaps the most important thing on the line will be momentum.

Orgeron said the last game of the season sets the tone for the future.

"It's finishing. It's the one that sticks with you and the one you tend to remember," he said. "We're really working hard on staying focused on the task at hand."

Orgeron and the Rebels have had a tough week so far, with plenty of talk surrounding some players' actions in hotels. But Tuesday, Orgeron said the Rebels survived a couple of other scares already this week.

"Michael (Oher) got in a minor motorcycle accident. He should be OK," Orgeron said. "His face got skinned up a little bit. And we think he'll be fine. It was a little scary, but he should be fine. I think he'll play."

The Rebels were also without freshman Chris Strong. Orgeron said Strong suffered a minor eye injury at home when a bottle broke, sending some glass into his eye.

Ole Miss also suffered an on-field injury, as senior Seth Adams sat out Tuesday's practice with a sprained right elbow.

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