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.