Hugh Freeze from SEC Teleconference

Highlights from Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s time on the SEC weekly conference call. …

Opening comments
We’re coming off a disappointing loss where we led most of the game. Congratulations to coach Franklin and his staff. That’s the next step in our program. We’ve got to find a way to win those.

This is a rivalry for the Ole Miss people and our staff will get our kids ready to play down there in a great atmosphere and a great challenge.

Improvement in LSU passing game?
I wish they had waited until after our game to become good at it. They’ve become much more confident in that area, and it provides an added difficulty in committing people to the box to stop the run game. You’ve got to worry about excellent athletes at the wide receiver position beating you one-on-one. It is a concern.

Remembering the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry?
I’ve been to Tiger Stadium three times, twice as a coach here. Depending on who you ask who was the bigger rival, I would think 80 percent would have said State, but there are Ole Miss fans who say this is just as big or bigger. I don’t quite view it that way, but I know there are Ole Miss fans who think this is the big rival. It’s a great atmosphere to play a college football game.

On Twitter for athletes?
I’ve got mixed emotions. It can be a very good tool depending on how it’s used. It can also be very discouraging to read some things you see on there sometimes. I view it as my job to educate our young men to use it as a platform for good. That’s not always the case and it makes you question whether it should be a part of your program. It’s been a great thing for me to get our message out as to who we are and what our core values are. I want kids to understand that could prevent them from getting a job one day. I’ve asked a few to get off of it. When I follow recruits and see what they’re talking about, it affects my opinion of them also.

On Randall Mackey?
Randall is one of my favorite kids. I’ve fallen in love with him as a young man and as a kid. When I first got here I didn’t know if he would make it. I could not be more pleased with his turnaround academically, socially and athletically. Randall’s been nothing but a great young man to coach. I couldn’t be more proud of him, and I expect him to get a lot of touches Saturday. We didn’t use him good enough (vs. Vanderbilt). He had a little ankle issue, but he was healthy enough to get more touches. Some of it had to do with the personnel groupings.

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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