Rebels back on the field today

Ole Miss will be back on the field at 9:45 this morning.

From the mother ship, our update from Monday’s practice with Freeze’s comments on the Chris Jones report:

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says he stands behind his staff’s recruitment of former Houston star Chris Jones.

The pursuit of the five-star defensive end reached a fever pitch between Ole Miss and Mississippi State right up until National Signing Day when Jones chose the Bulldogs.

Late Sunday night’s Jeremy Fowler posted a report citing a source that said the NCAA has interviewed Jones about Ole Miss’ recruitment of him.

After the Rebels’ morning practice Monday Freeze defended himself and his staff.

“I’m very confident in the way we’re going about business here, the way want to do it,” Freeze said. “I’ve said that From Day One.”

So confident was Freeze in his staff’s recruiting approach that shortly after Signing Day he challenged Twitter users who alleged improper tactics to contact the Ole Miss athletics department with proof of their accusations.

There were many responses to Freeze’s challenge, but most were baseless athletics director Ross Bjork told the Daily Journal in mid-February.

There was follow-up on some accusations that Bjork felt could have merit, but nothing came from those allegations at the time.

Much of the discontent then stemmed from the recruiting of Lake City, Fla., offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, not Jones.

It’s the second time in two weeks that Freeze has answered questions about an NCAA recruiting matter. Last week it was about Rebels defensive end C.J. Johnson, who was recruited and signed by the former staff, another head-to-head battle between MSU and Ole Miss.


On the field

Freeze was pleased to see his offense bounce back and spoke in softer tones about that groups performance in Saturday’s scrimmage than he did immediately afterward.

After struggling in wet conditions in the scrimmage the offense responded with a turnover-free day and numerous scoring plays.

“It’s never as bad as it seems and probably never as good as it seems,” Freeze said.

The Rebels’ also practice Monday evening in a closed session and will return to work today.

Sophomore defensive lineman Issac Gross went through a full practice for the first time, and freshman tight end Evan Engram, who was being groomed for playing was back after a lengthy stay on the injured list.

Projected starting cornerbacks Charles Sawyer – who is recovering from two off-season surgeries – and Senquez Golson (hamstring) remain out.

Sophomore running back I’Tavius Mathers, in the running to be Jeff Scott’s primary back-up, missed practice with an ankle injury.

There’s no word on when he might return.

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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  • JB

    The Gators are very strong defensive wise and Four-star defensive back Quincy Wilson committed to Florida on Monday
    night, giving the Gators some addition help in the secondary. Gators very strong on defense as it is, so Wilson addition will be appreciated.. They have Jeff Driskel back and it appears he is back in playing form. Gators are strong enough to make it to SEC championship, that is with a few breaks going their way.. Perhaps they can meet Ole Miss Rebels there this year. and that too along with a few breaks for the Rebels. I must say tho the Rebels have always had that invisible advantage over the Gators. Ole Miss did beat the Gators in last match up and that was in the “Swamp”. Coach Freeze has got the Rebels heading in a very good winning direction – better than any Ole Miss Coach since my hero Johnny Vaught. One thinf I feel is that Coach Freeze has the respect of all his players as Coach vaught did.

  • JB

    One More comment about Coach Freeze and I am going to let this subject die and be buried in the cesspool with all the other slime floating around. In my opinion Ole Miss is very fortunate to have had and have Coaches as Mr Freeze and Dave Cutcliffe I think they are very good and honest men and men of integrity. Some of the other Rebels Coaches of the past as slimey as a bait can full of worms and a barrel of eels. GO REBELS LETS PLAY FOOTBALL!!!

  • Mantachie

    JB I agree Cutcliffe and Freeze both are One in my book. I was not happy with where we were at after Eli but was not wanting to see Cutcliffe gone, hated it in fact. I think it has took us until now to get over it

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