Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze talked about the Rebels’ practice then when it was over, talked a little more about C.J. Johnson.
Freeze did not receive a question about Wednesday’s Commercial Appeal report that focused on two NCAA employees who were in Johnson’s hometown of Philadelphia in June asking questions about his recruitment.
Freeze was eager to defend Johnson and also to point out that what has been alleged as a violation did not occur on his watch.
“I would like to point out this. No one seems to want to point out that No. 1 he’s been cleared of it, and No. 2, I wasn’t here during that time so I know absolutely nothing about it.”
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork issued a statement Wednesday saying that the university cooperated with the NCAA, that no wrongdoing was found and that both the NCAA and Ole Miss have closed the book on the matter.
Freeze also talked about today’s workout.
“We had a good physical practice, not a complete practice from every position.”
No new injuries.
CJ Johnson went through the team portion of practice running with the first team at right defensive end. It was Johnson’s first time to go through team drills unless he went through some in a closed practice Wednesday night. He looked good but was limping through sprints after practice and didn’t finish the sprints.
DE Cameron Whigham and freshman RB Kailo Moore were being tested for concussions after hits received Wednesday and did not practice.
D.T. Shackelford had been at linebacker but worked exclusively at end and ran with the second team.
OL Pierce Burton was back at practice and ran in his customary spot at right tackle throughout.
Freeze said he’s pleased with the progress of Justin Bell at right guard, the only position up front without a returning starter.
“He’s coming. He’s a physical presence in there, better in the run game than he is in the pass pro right now.
More on Bell and his competition with Patrick Junen later.
Also on the OL, Jared Duke was running first team at left guard ahead of Aaron Morris. It was probably a motivational ploy to spark Morris.
“Effort,” Freeze said. “We’ve got to give effort every play.”
Here’s D.T. Shackelford talking about his camp: