Wednesday Practice Notes

By Hayden Sowers

Ole Miss had a light practice on Wednesday only going for about 75 minutes, but according to Rebels coach Hugh Freeze the team worked on some important things, “We got two 20 minute periods on the opponent for the defense, and for the offense it was more about us getting better at what we do offensively, and special teams was kick cover.  So we got some good work in.”

Ole Miss practices have seemed to become shorter as the season wears on, something that Freeze says is his coaching philosophy, “I don’t think kid’s attention spans are good enough as the season wears on. You notice we go from one thing to the next and try to get it in.  Just like today we got 54 plays of offense in in just a short amount of time.”

Freeze also said that as practices become shorter he wants the kids to be in the meeting rooms more as well as focusing on academics.

Freeze was asked about the progression of lineacker/end D.T. Shackelford today, “He is really good.  He told me earlier that he could play and that’s tempting to me, but we are going to let him finish up. He feels really good right now and he’s training extremely hard.  If there is anybody that can come back from it I think it is him.  I feel like D.T. is going to come back extremely strong.” Shackelford, one of the team’s top players and leaders in 2010, hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in spring practice in 2011.

CJ Johnson was held out of practice for the second straight day from what Freeze called a “lower back strain” and he added that it was just precautionary to hold him out.

Mike Hilton, who sustained a concussion against Auburn, passed the last part of his concussion test today and was back out on the practice field.  “He was out here with his helmet with no contact, but tomorrow he’ll be back and ready to go,” Freeze 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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