Two-straight days the Ole Miss offense has looked pretty good with its tempo stuff. Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller have been at the controls.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze expects the tempo to be much better in 2013.
“It’s not full-speed now. I really feel like Year 2 is when you see them really get the hang of it, but there’s no question we’re better now than we were at the beginning. We’re still not quite all the way there,” he said.
Speaking of Miller, Freeze said he’s improved “drastically” over the course of the season.
Freeze said if he’s satisfied with the depth along the line and other places next year, he could run tempo as much as 80 percent of the time in a game.
Two Ole Miss juniors, running back Jeff Scott and defensive back Charles Sawyer, will file paper work with the NFL’s draft advisory group to gauge their status.
This is an educational process, a service provided by the league. I would be surprised if either of Scott or Sawyer declare for the draft.
Linebacker D.T. Shackelford went through practice in shorts and a helmet. Freeze made the decision to hold Shackelford, who is coming off two surgeries to repair an ACL tear he sustained in spring drills in 2011, until the spring drills of 2013 for contact.
“I’m happy for him. He’s ready for spring. He probably could go through practice now. It’s been about eight or nine months. We made a decision let’s just wait till spring.”
Here is video of the linebackers going through drills. You can see Shackelford, No. 42. He played a lot of defensive end in 2010. He’ll start out with Freeze’s staff as an inside linebacker.
Freeze said he’s had no experience with a player trying to make a comeback from two years away, which is what the timing will be for Shackelford in the spring.
“It’s a long time he’s been out. I think spring will be real revealing for him. I can’t say that I’ve had an experience where a kid’s been out basically two years.”
Here are two more video clips.
Strength coach Paul Jackson leading players through stretch.
Defensive backs. Also, CB Wesley Pendleton and DT Uriah Grant on the bikes in the background.