Freeze Monday press conference

The player interviews were a bit rushed today, as they’re heading out for a public service opportunity this afternoon.

We did catch up with a few.

Hugh Freeze put his team through a morning workout and like what he saw in their focus. He believes they’ll pay attention this week against Southeast Missouri State, an FCS team that lost 45-7 in last week’s opener at Southeastern Louisiana.

Freeze had more to say about a 2012 SEMO team that held the ball and used clock with an option offense.

Here’s Freeze with his opening statement:


Some other quick notes:

Mike Hilton will move to cornerback this week, and Dehendret Collins will move back to Huskie. Freeze said freshman CB Bobby Hill has progressed in practice and could also get a look this week.

With the loss of Denzel Nkemdiche, Keith Lewis moves out to the Stinger linebacker and DT Shackelford, who spent most of camp at end, moves back to Mike linebacker. Shackelford, playing for the first time since 2010, had three tackles against Vanderbilt.

Sophomore running back I’Tavius Mathers (ankle) didn’t make the trip to Nashville, but he is getting better and could play this week. Not a given. Freeze says when Mathers plays he makes the inside running better.

The four guards expected to rotate against SEMO will be Justin Bell, Patrick Junen, Jared Duke and Austin Golson.

Bell started the Vanderbilt game on the right side, Morris, who sustained an ACL tear and is done for the year, started on the left.

Senior left tackle Emmanuel McCray could also move inside to guard. The play of freshman left tackle Laremy Tunsil makes that possible.

Here’s video of quarterback Bo Wallace talking about his game.


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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  • Cid Riley

    Only a Spreadhead would go by the first name “Cid”..

  • JB

    I feel that Coach Freeze has got his Mississippi football team heading in the right direction,

    • Cid Riley

      Out of the wilderness..they are out of there, but there are some dangerous creatures out on the plains..

  • Cid Riley

    Hey JB! Gators will roll past …the ‘Caines..chomp..chomp..Longhorns are waiting for some shark fin soup..

  • keith

    hope denzel being out isn’t too much of an emotional downer. Talent wise, probably not too much difference. but we just took a hit to intangible positives.

  • Cid Riley

    Florida State may be the most overrated team in the NCAA…an average Pitt team is running rampant all over them.

  • Cid Riley

    Nevermind..Pitt is a below average team!!! Seminole ‘s are still overrated..just a real crappy Pitt team.

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