Friday Practice Notebook

The Rebels worked for about two hours in their first full practice after a week-long Christmas Break. Most players reported back last night, and the team went through a walk-through. The only player yet to report is LB Aaron Garbutt, and he is on the way.

Wide receiver Vincent Sanders did not dress today, held out after having a tooth pulled. He is expected back tomorrow.

Quarterback Bo Wallace did practice and looked sharp, but the shoulder, while rested, won’t be healed until after the season. That healing process may or may not require surgery.

Also not working out was senior tight end Jamal Mosley. He didn’t work out before Christmas either, a grade casualty, but Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze left open the possibility then that Mosley could return. During the break Mosley began to tweet pictures of packed bags and his arrival in Los Angeles.

Freeze says he has confidence in Ferbia Allen and H.R. Greer to handle the work load at tight end, even though Allen is coming back from injury and will be playing for the first time since early November.

Here’s Freeze after the workout:


Barry Brunetti spoke with us as well. He has no interest in transferring and trying to play one season as a senior next year. He is wide open to conversation about a position change, but there have been no discussions yet.


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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  • I hope Barry gets some quality time next year at RB/WR. He deserves it and will do a good job. Hopefully Mikhail (sp?) Miller can be the backup QB to allow that to happen.

  • Archaeo

    I always worry about the layoff between the last regular season game and bowl games with if the players are still focused enough. A few bowls so far have shown some teams a LOT more prepared than others. Lets hope Ole Miss is one of those WELL prepared teams. I fully believe they will be but you can’t tell sometimes.

  • Bill Brown

    PA and all those on the blog, here’s hoping you have had a wonderful holiday so far and we’re not done yet. I read your pc. on Cutcliffe and I was wondering did anyone see the interview with Tuberville last night on ESPN and ten minutes later they had a pc. on Cut not taking the Tenn. job as it did not feel right and he felt the need to stay at Duke and finish what he started to which Mike Patrick said “we’d all like to hear more of that”. Got the feeling that there isn’t a lot of love for Tubs……..Thought it was ironic and fairly truthful. Sure looks like TT and OM have something in common.

  • Parrish Alford

    Bill, thanks for the well wishes. I enjoyed covering David Cutcliffe. He’s a good guy. I was not around Ole Miss during the Tuberville time.

    Brian, I suspect you will see Barry Brunetti in a different role next year. They may or may not call it a position change, but I think Hugh realizes Barry can help the team, and I believe Hugh will be imaginative enough to make that happen. He can always return to QB in a flash if necessary.

    Archaeo, I do believe the layoff is a concern for all teams. I think Ole Miss will be focused, but that’s a question you can’t answer before game day.

  • doubletripper

    no one who knows tubberville alias “the lieing snake” will ever confuse him with coach cutcliff. i didn’t think coach cutt. did a very good job at ole miss and i thought this was mainly because he was just too conservative in his play calling. i think he was so used to having the best talent on the field at ut that he never realized that he needed to be more aggressive at ole miss. however, i will always remember that he gave up being a part of ut’s run for the national championship to come and coach our boys in their bowl game after the snake snuck out on them like a thief in the night and took all of his assistants with him. and i will be pulling fpr him wherever he goes.

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