Hugh Freeze talked a lot about depth to us today.
Depth is a story line with every team every spring. It’s much better at Ole Miss now than it was a year ago but still not where it needs to be.
“We’ve got to be realists,” Freeze said. “We’re still a little ways away from having the depth that we need in this league. We were so fortunate last year. We played three receivers pretty much the whole year, five offensive linemen. It’s rare that that happens, and we’re seeing it now in spring. You get some injuries, and it changes your team pretty fast. We’re still a couple of recruiting years away from having the depth you really need in some of these spots. That’s why we’ve got to be smart with how we practice. In spring we’ve got to be physical and go after it, but this fall we have to make sure we’re smart about how we go about things.”
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief was already out. Patrick Junen, who has been the starting right guard, moving into the only open spot on the offensive line, was out today with a sprained toe. He could be out for a while. Receiver Korvic Neat is out. Quarterback Bo Wallace, receiver Collins Moore and guard Aaron Morris were already out and will be out for the spring.
Defensive line video here with the sled drill. There’s a Channing Ward sighting here. He’s No. 11 with the next to last group.
Some plays that stood out today. In the first team scrimmage period Barry Brunetti moved the first offense down the field for a touchdown. In the red zone I’Tavius Mathers had a nice 5-yard run, and Brunetti scored on a 5-yard read option run.
The first defensive line on that drive included Carlos Thompson, Woodrow Hamilton, Bryon Bennett and Cameron Whigham.
Later in pass scale Ja-Mes Logan had a nice catch after beating Nick Brassell in 1-on-1 coverage. A couple of plays later Logan had a drop on a slant route and was doing push-ups.
Transfer safety Anthony Alford delivered a lick you could hear on a walk-on receiver.
Josh Pinkston had a nice catch on a 50-yard gain on a pass from Maikhail Miller. Two plays later Miller was intercepted by linebacker Serderius Bryant.
Walk-on running back Darryan Ragsdale, a transfer from Hinds, has shown impressive quickness and had a big gain up the middle, then cutting to the left and getting to the sideline.
New cornerbacks coach Jason Jones seems to be settling in nicely. It will be a pretty solid rotation of Charles Sawyer, Senquez Golson and Nick Brassell if Brassell can make the grades and be part of the team in the fall.
Here’s some video of Jones putting the corners through their drills.