The Rebels were spared a stiff breeze, but temps were in the upper 30s for a late morning workout at Birmingham Southern.
BSC competes in NCAA Division III and has a nice facility. The Rebels practiced on artificial turf.
Most practices were inside before Ole Miss broke camp and traveled to Birmingham yesterday. They did practice in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on New Year’s Eve, their last practice before making the trip.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said it took a while for the skill position guys to catch up to the speed of the workout today.
Here is some video of the early part of the workout:
BSC is on Arkadelphia Road near Legion Field. It’s not a good neighborhood, but the campus is modern and gated.
No injuries of note or players held out today.
Freeze was asked if his players did OK with excessive free time last night. He said there were no problems of which he’s aware and added that he and Matt Luke tried to interest players in hanging around with them at the ping pong table in the hospitality room.
Here’s Freeze after practice:
Media are allowed to watch four periods, and then we’re ushered out, just like a regular season practice.
A number of Ole Miss players took part in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast this morning. Senior linebacker Joel Kight shared his testimony before a packed ballroom at the Sheraton.
“I was more nervous around all these people than I was before a regular game,” said Kight, a senior from Lithonia, Ga, “but it’s always and honor to get to talk about God and to talk about your faith.”
Former Alabama linebacker Rich Wingo, who went on to play with the Green Bay Packers, was the keynote speaker and challenged the players and all in attendance to be leaders in their faith and to understand how that impacts the lives of those who follow them.
The Pittsburgh players are staying at the Wynfrey in Hoover and bussed over for the event.
The Sheraton is the team hotel for Ole Miss.
Here’s video from Freeze talking about how his faith impacts this team:
Practice begins at 11 here at Birmingham Southern College. I’ll have notes on the blog in the afternoon.