Eye on special teams

From the mother ship this morning, Texas is fast, and speed equates to good special teams play, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says.

It’s been a mixed bag of results for Ole Miss special teams. The Rebels are seventh in the SEC in kick coverage, but less than 3 yards separates them from Arkansas, the No. 3 team.

The Rebels are fifth in net punting with a surprise starter in walk-on senior Jim Broadway.

It’s placement kicking that has been the most surprising through two games. Normally reliable senior Bryson Rose is 0-for-4. Twice Freeze has put Rose in a tough spot with attempts of 58 and 56 yards for a guy whose career long is 43. The two other times, though, Rose has missed chip-shots from 36 and 29 yards.

There’s no experienced placement kicker that will push Rose for the job right now, and when the guy had hit 25-of-29 attempts going into this season, the greater likelihood is that he works himself out of this slump. …

Also, check out what A.J. Hawkins had to say about being at the bottom of the pile after a fumble against UTEP. He thought it was his ball all the way, and so did many in the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd when Hawkins stood up holding the ball in his hands. Officials didn’t see it that way and gave possession to UTEP.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Rebelcuz

    I can tell every Ole Miss fan that any time the call is not going in Ole Miss way.That hit was a clean hit.

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