Thursday Compass Notebook

The last official football practice of the 2012 season is in the books.

Hugh Freeze opened it up for all periods to view, an act of kindness that probably also serves to confirm what we already know: The hay is in the barn as far as the heavy lifting to prepare for Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh.

Here’s a little video of Day 2 from Birmingham Southern. You can see D.T. Shackelford stretching here. Shackelford, coming off two major knee surgeries, has done some light work with the team during bowl practice. He’ll put on the gear in the spring, and we’ll see what he can contribute. He’s a great attitude with great leadership skills, and he was on track to become a great college football player before tearing up a knee in the sprint of 2011.

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As mentioned above, most of the heavy prep is done. Freeze spoke with us after practice almost reluctantly. What else is there to say? Part of what he said was the daily update of Bo Wallace’s shoulder. He assigned a number to it, saying it’s 5 percent better than it was yesterday. Exactly how that translates to how much farther down field Wallace can throw the ball is unknown, but Freeze did think Wallace looked better today in a workout that wasn’t quite as cold as Wednesday.

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Players visited the children’s hospital yesterday and will visit the civil right’s museum in about an hour today.

Tonight both teams are scheduled to take part in a bowling and bar-b-cue competition.

Tomorrow there will be a walk-through and press conference with both teams at Legion Field.

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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