Freeze open week update

Game time has just been announced as 11:21 a.m., the SEC Network telecast, for Ole Miss-Arkansas. Once again we celebrate morning football.

No players available at Ole Miss today as the Rebels begin the open week.

Hugh Freeze had a teleconference as opposed to his regularly scheduled news conference.

On the injury front he said the freshman defensive back Mike Hilton sustained a concussion against Auburn, but that Hilton is on the road to recovery and should be fine. Guard Aaron Morris (knee) and tight end Jamal Mosley (knee) are also expected to be fine. X-rays were negative for Morris. It’s possible Mosley could have a tear of some kind, but at this point Freeze expects him to be able to play through the season.

The Rebels will work Tuesday and Wednesday with heavy internal on focus. Scout team members and younger players will scrimmage on Thursday. There will be a team function Friday morning, and the player will be off until they report back on Sunday to begin game prep in earnest for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks also have an open date this week.

Freeze said there will be a lot of attention given this week to improvement on third downs for both the defense and the offense. He wants to see improvement in special teams as well.

There will be extra time spent on academics as well. Freeze reminded those of us on the conference call that he inherited 25 players that he considered to be at some sort of academic risk.

“Just because we were able to get them eligible does not mean they’re out of the danger zone,” he said.

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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