By John Luke McCord
Hugh Freeze practiced his team inside Vaught-Hemingway in the heat of Mississippi on Wednesdayafternoon. However, it’s the heat in Austin on Saturday night that could play a factor in his team’s matchup against the Texas Longhorns.
“I hear it’s going to be hot in Texas,” Freeze said following practice. “We’ll hopefully get adjusted to it. Hopefully we can rest some people with our two’s some without too big of a drop off. We’ll need to do that some.”
However, back to Wednesday’s work, Freeze was pleased with his team, but really liked what his coaching staff did on Wednesday.
“Our coaches, I’m really proud of them. We pushed the hard today and really got after it,” Freeze said.
“It was a physical, good practice. The energy wasn’t great. We kind of expected that, but we pushed them through it. So we got some stuff done today,” Freeze said.
Freeze spoke about the status of a few of his players entering Saturday. Firstly, Charles Sawyer, on the heels of an arrest this past weekend, will not travel with the team to Austin. Christian Morgan will, if possible Freeze noted, need a redshirt. Freeze said the doctors would be in tomorrow, but that lingering injuries will not prevent Pierce Burton or Emmanuel McCray from playing on Saturday. Vince Sanders practiced again today. Freeze noted that, “Vince looks good.” So it appear Sanders will play and the Rebels will be healthy prior to playing Texas on the injury front.
Speaking of McCray and Burton having injuries, Freeze also spoke about his offensive line and where it stands early in the season.
“I think it’s too early to tell. We didn’t get to play enough. They did some good things against Vandy. Losing Aaron(Morris) hurt our depth. We’ll know more about them in the next few weeks,” He said.
Freeze also spoke about the players that Texas has on the defensive side of the ball.
“Big, big, good-looking athletes. They don’t have any small kids. They’re all athletic and long, rangy kids, who I’m certain can play and play very, very well. That’s what I expect from them,” He said.
With all the talk that has surrounded this game, it has become bigger than just being 3-0 or 2-1 on Sundaymorning. This game has seemingly become more and more winnable throughout the week. Freeze talked about how big a win could be over a program like the University of Texas.
“I think it would cause a lot of people to see us in a little different way,” He said.