Interesting comments from Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze here following Tuesday’s practice. …
Given the climate of spinal injuries and focus on player protection, the question becomes does proper form change?
What becomes the accepted technique – the taught technique – to defensive backs such as Ole Miss freshman Trae Elston, who was suspended by the SEC Tuesday for his hit on a UTEP receiver.
Freeze says defensive backs are going to have to change their sight level to keep their facemasks up and avoid “targeting,” which is considered to be any area of the neck up on the offensive player.
How do coaches begin to teach this?
“That’s very difficult. You say their mid-section I guess, keep your face up and try to play the ball as much as possible. Again, I don’t have the answer. I don’t know. That’s a tough thing to teach,” Freeze said.
It’s a tough thing for players to understand how their coach can call them near-perfect in form, but now they’re suspended.
“(Trae) was real close to being perfect in my opinion. I think even they (SEC) would say that. There were elements of it, and obviously, they thought the crown of the helmet was involved too much,” Freeze said.