Freeze from SEC Teleconference

Highlights from Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s time on the SEC Teleconference

(Opening comments)

We’re excited to have an open date. We’ve got a very difficult stretch that lies ahead of us the next four weeks. We need to get some kids healthy. We’ve played without several key people in the last few weeks. It comes at a good time.

We’re excited about the effort that our kids gave at Texas. It’s a big win that will hopefully give them some confidence as we get into the meat of our schedule.

(On Bo Wallace’s decisions)

Much better. He’s getting most of the protections set and taking care of the ball when things break down. He’s got a fairly high completion rate and is keeping us on schedule for the most part. I’m pretty pleased to this point.

(On keeping emotions in check)

I think they follow our lead. We have a procedure we go through on Sundays where we put the previous game in the trash. We move on quickly to whatever the next hurdle is, the next task to accomplish. Hopefully they follow our lead with that. It’s not that difficult when you look ahead at the Alabamas, LSUs, Auburns, A&Ms and the years they’re having. They know it’s a difficult task coming, and I don’t feel they will be overconfident.

(Revenge factor at Texas, prep for Alabama)

I never spoke of the 66 points. I did hear our defensive staff and the defensive kids say that we want to make a statement and last year was not who we wanted to be known for. I did hear that in the defensive circles. We’ll try to get them motivated for Alabama. We gained a lot of confidence from that game where I thought we played physical, were in the game and made improvements. We’ll get excited to go and compete at what is right now the gold standard in our conference.

(Memories of time at Lambuth)

The people. They were some of the most genuine, giving, self-less people that I’ve ever been around. To have really nothing, no resources. You saw the facilities. You know exactly what it was because you’ve been around that area. The months we went without pay, our coaches remained steadfast and faithful and knew we were there for a purpose. I learned a lot of valuable lessons about people through that time. They were two very very enjoyable years.

We lost the first two games of my first year then won nine or 10 in a row if my memory is accurate. It took a little while. They hung in there, and I had to get rid of a few kids. You never like that, but I did. That probably helped a few others.

(Tempo offense impact in SEC)

I wish there was only a few that did it. I wish it wouldn’t grow too much. I firmly believe it is very advantageous for us at Ole Miss. It has provided some help in recruiting. There are many more going to it that will equal that field somewhat. If you have the best line, the best backs and the best defense, I don’t know if this is the best answer for you. If you’re in a place where you’re not always going to have that, I do believe this is a great equalizer. I think it makes it harder to prepare for us. It causes you to get distracted, get your eyes in the wrong place, then all of a sudden you’ve given up an explosive play.

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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