Hugh Freeze was asked if he’d rather get back on the field and play again after the Rebels won going away against Auburn.
He didn’t have to think about his answer. He quickly responded that his team was getting a little beaten up and can use the break this week. He also wants to get back to recruiting.
“There was a lot of good recruits here today. They enjoyed the chemistry, I think, enjoyed what they saw and the way we’re trying to build the program.
“I want to go recruit. I want to get on the road recruiting, go see some guys, and I want our kids to get healthy. When we started Aug. 1, it’s a long stretch. It’s not much rest for the body, and this is a good time to have a break. I know there will be some people that say when you win you want to get back out there, but we had some kids play today that are hurting, and this comes at a good time. Our staff wants to go recruit right now, and it’s a great time to go recruit after winning an SEC game.”
Among the wounded added to the list Saturday were left guard Aaron Morris, freshman defensive back Mike Hilton, who was really playing well. Freshman defensive back Anthony Standifer did not dress for the game and will require surgery.
“Also, Jamal (Mosley) did not finish, I believe,” Freeze said.
After the open date the Rebels will face Arkansas in Little Rock. The Razorbacks’ struggles have been well-documented, but they won big against Kentucky Saturday night in a game shortened by severe weather.
Arkansas’ defense has been pretty bad. The Kentucky, I don’t think, is a true indication of growth given the fact that the Wildcats were down to their third quarterback, who is one of 14 true freshmen to play this season.
Arkansas beat Auburn 24-7 last week and also has an open date this week. So it will be two teams with growing confidence that meet in Little Rock, both working for bowl eligibility.