Friday 8.9 Practice Update

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze seemed pleased with his team after this morning’s workout, particularly his offense.

He credited his offensive coaches for picking up their tempo as the workout progressed.

It’s interesting to watch the signs of camp like OL coach Matt Luke losing his voice, a common occurrence, and the “camp beards” that emerge. Luke told me he is planning to shave today before tomorrow’s scrimmage.

Here’s Freeze:

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Jeff Scott missed most of today’s practice which left us wondering if the starting tailback would be added to the lengthy injury list.

Scott, though, had a doctor’s appointment for what Freeze described as an “ear infection.” Scott was dressed and active at the end of practice.

Freshman running back Mark Dodson was held out of today’s practice with a thigh bruise sustained Thursday.

Freshmen Devante Kincade and Laquon Treadwell continue to play well.

Sometimes “dual threat quarterback” means a guy is a suspect passer, and I was eager to see Kincade live. So far it looks as though that label does not apply to him, and he’s getting enough reps to look like he’s getting ready to play in some capacity.

He’s done a lot of good things this week, but it’s only been a week.

Treadwell does a good job of catching the ball in traffic. He’s a physical player.

Quincy Adeboyejo got off to a fast start this week then kind of hit a wall but had a good practice today.

Says Freeze on his freshman wide receivers: “I think they’re better than all of us thought.”

Jared Duke continued to run first team at the left guard ahead of returning starter Aaron Morris.

Duke talks about his camp here and how difficult it was to get used to the pace of the tempo offense last year.

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Also on the OL, Robert Conyers, a redshirt freshman, was asked by Luke to start snapping the football back in the summer. He’s run some at center as well as his regular right tackle spot where he’s the No. 2 guy.

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Defensively, DT Shackelford continued to work at second team defensive end opposite Channing Ward. Robert Nkemdiche and CJ Johnson have comprised the first team the last couple of days.

Johnson has been running on the right side, the spot usually occupied by senior Cameron Whigham. Whigham and his backup Carlos Thompson are both out right now recovering from some level of concussions.

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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