Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is optimistic most of his injured players will be available for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.
That doesn’t mean they will all be “healthy” necessarily, but most should be able to give it ago, he believes. That’s not the case for cornerback Charles Sawyer at this time. Sawyer injured a shoulder at LSU. The Rebels, though, stand to get back cornerback Wesley Pendleton, who hasn’t played since he sprained an ankle against Arkansas in Little Rock on Oct. 27.
Freeze is also trying to manage a flu-bug situation and not let that get out of hand. So far the only starter affected is Randall Mackey. At this point Mackey is expected to play in the game. He did not practice today.
Offensive line coach Matt Luke has the unique perspective of participating in the MSU rivalry as a player and a coach. He has fond memories of the Rebels’ come-from-behind win in Starkville in 1997 in this video. Luke kept up with the rivalry even while serving as an assistant coach with David Cutcliffe at Duke.