Wednesday Practice Report

By John Luke McCord
Daily Mississippian
  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.
Here’s Freeze:
  “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.

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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  • papatoLC

    I think the staff had been pointing to this week for Sawyer. I feel for him, but I am so thankful that we have a HC that sets a high standard even if it makes a win harder. I hope the rest of the team is watching. It may save a problem down the road. I know we can win but I stand behind this team win or lose. Go Rebels!

    • Parrish Alford

      It is unfortunate for Sawyer, but this is a product of his decision. Thank goodness no one was hurt because he was driving impaired.

      This was something Freeze had to do. Not only Freeze but also Ross Bjork talk about doing things the right way. That involves tough decisions.

      • The Ghost of Col. Reb

        We should allow the justice system time to work before we pass judgement. He is only charged at this point. Just my opinion.

        • HottyToddy

          1) This is college football, not the criminal justice system. The same principles don’t apply. There are many consequences that can arise before a court renders a ruling. Playing football is a privilege, not a right. Freeze isn’t sentencing him to 6 mos. in prison; he’s taking away a privilege. He’s the coach, and it’s his right, if not his responsibility to the program.
          2) If Freeze and other coaches in this situation were to wait until courts adjudicated matter, players accused of wrongdoing would just postpone hearings and trials until after the season to avoid any punishment.
          3) Freeze has undoubtedly talked to Sawyer about the situation. I would imagine that Sawyer fessed up to drinking and driving. Perhaps the situation would be different if Sawyer vehemently denied it but I doubt that was the case.

          • The Ghost of Col. Reb

            But, you don’t really know what happened. Freeze might, but you don’t.

  • Cid Riley

    The SEC is just chock full of cheaters..this scandal involves MSU, Alabama and Tennessee. The NCAA is going to nail Oky St. Then Ole Miss and every other SEC school. Northwest, my home school is clean.

    • Killer_Beeze

      ***Soon to be M00 U 2014 on probation Cidley***

      Here’s the whole story…

      According to an investigation by Yahoo Sports, four former and one current SEC player violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits. Yahoo says the recipients of those benefits were:

      – Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker

      – Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray

      – Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch

      – Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox

      – Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis

      Fluker, Bray and Cox are now in the NFL. Bumphis was recently released by Miami. Couch is a senior at Tennessee.

      Yahoo says identities of the player were revealed from financial and text message records belonging to former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis. A source alleges Davis was acting as an intermediary between college players and multiple NFL agents and financial advisors.

      Yahoo found financial records, including Western Union wire transfers and flight receipts, linking Davis to the five SEC players. All told, Yahoo says records show agents and financial advisers moved at least $45,550 to Davis between September 2011 and December 2012.

      For D.J. Fluker ? Yahoo Sports authenticated multiple transactions tying Fluker to Davis and others, including cash transfers, hotel stays, furniture, airline flights and other expenses.

      For Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch ? Yahoo authenticated six transactions ? all were cash transfers.

      For Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis ? Yahoo authenticated airfare purchases.

      If proven by the NCAA, the organization could retroactively nullify a portion of each player’s eligibility.

  • NashVegasReb

    B#@&$HIT! …sorry allergies

  • NashVegasReb

    sneezed at ya, Cid

  • Cid Riley

    Gosh, Nash…I have had my flu vaccine, so sorry! Wipe up your snot and be on your way. Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya!!

  • Cid Riley

    According to Chicago Tribune article on Bama,TENN, MSU scandal, Bam and Tenn both declined to comment. Only MSU issued a statement. The agents seem to be culpable in this case. Will have to see how this plays out, but the NCAA must feel pressure from other conferences to stop the SEC from cheating.

  • REB

    Those cheating CA$H MONEY MI$$ $TATE Dawgs are just a rotten bunch. Old turf guy has been KOed and is down for the count. He was right about an investigation for a cheater, he just had the wrong school. HE HE HE FINS UP !!!!! CHARGE!!!!!!

  • Cid Riley

    Who is this turfguy , you speak of? I have seen his name posted several times, but I never see a comment from him.

  • REB

    This is better than I thought. Old CR has been bragging about his, already on probation, DAWG$ on the DAWG blog right before the news broke on his second time caught CROOKED DAWG$. All I can say is ####FINS UP!!!!!!!!! ####CHARGE!!!!!!! right over the top of a KOed MI$$ $TATE troall.

    • Cid Riley

      Reb, dude! Saying that Ashton Shumpert, 6′ 2″..223 lb. RB for MSU is a beast, hardly qualifies as bragging. I happened to be watching tape vs Alcorn St. . It was an observation. I graded Shumpert at 89. That’s pretty impressive for a true freshman. I am from Mississippi and keep up with most schools in the state.

      • The Ghost of Col. Reb

        #msuPROBATION2014 #MSUpays4players #CLOWNED

  • Cid Riley

    Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!! Hey Keith! C’mon down. Leonard was the best radio show..ever! Those pesky pachyderms from Tuscaloosa take on the Cadets and their 12th man in College Station..Leonard ‘s loser…Jonnie 2taints!!

  • Cid Riley

    Clever, ghost!!! Very clever.

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