Tuesday Practice Update

Update 7:10 p.m.

Hugh Freeze sent out a group text to beat writers a few minutes ago explaining the lack of availability for Denzel Nkemdiche and Jeff Scott.

Freeze said Scott asked not to speak because he has an academic appointment. Freeze was concerned about the possibility of more bulletin board material when Nkemdiche.

He did say that both players would be available to speak tomorrow.

A little quicker workout today.

The Rebels started in the IPF then moved to the stadium.

Denzel Nkemdiche and Jeff Scott were requested for interview but were not available in what was described as a coach’s decision. It’s probably not a coincidence that the decision comes on the heels of Bo Wallace’s candor on Monday regarding Ole Miss wide receivers as compared to Texas A&M wide receivers.

I don’t take that as a sign that the staff is tight but being careful. I think this team is very confident.

Speaking of Denzel Nkemdiche, he was dressed and going through the periods that we saw. His status won’t likely be known before Saturday. If it’s truly determined on Friday, there won’t be an announcement, and that’s not a day for a Freeze availability.

Freeze did say Nkemdiche is farther along in his rehab at this point than Freeze thought he would be.

The older Nkemdiche was getting into as you might expect, yelling “Roll Tide Roll,” at the appropriate times as Sweet Home Alabama blared through the speakers.

Here’s video of Denzel Nkemdiche in warm-ups:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctO4yzuWKNE[/youtube]

Here’s video of the younger Nkemdiche, Robert, who was one of several players out early getting some pre-practice practice with DL coach Chris Kiffin.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u-2D5-_FB8[/youtube]

Looks like Ole Miss will go with Issac Gross at nose for quickness first then come in with Woodrow Hamilton. That was basically what Hamilton said on Monday, and that’s what it looked like in the viewing periods at least.

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

    Sharkfins haven’t won in Tuscaloosa since 1988.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Records are made to be broken 🙁 Cidley 🙂

    • Benoit

      That and a dollar fifty will get him a cup of coffee Saturday evening!

  • Cid Riley

    Nick Saban is 8 and 2 vs. Sharkfins all-time.

  • Killer_Beeze

    From Neal McCready:

    Denzel Nkemdiche put on full pads and went through drills on Tuesday in hopes
    that he will be cleared to play Saturday when No. 21 Ole Miss meets top-ranked
    Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

    Nkemdiche, who hasn’t played since tearing his
    meniscus in the Rebels’ win at Vanderbilt Aug. 30, had surgery on Sept. 1.

    “He’s close,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “I didn’t see all of it.
    I stayed down here and watched a couple of series when he was in. You could tell
    he’s got a little hitch when he tries to burst, but he’s better than I really
    thought he would be.”

    Freeze said if he had to make a decision on the
    sophomore All-SEC linebacker Tuesday night, Nkemdiche would make Saturday’s
    trip. However, the second-year Ole Miss coach said he wants to see how
    Nkemdiche’s knee responds Wednesday morning.”Will it blow up?” Freeze said. “If things progress like that, he’ll make that
    trip. If our staff feels like he knows the plan and it’s not swelling up or
    giving him a bunch of problems, I would suspect to see him on the field.
    Tomorrow morning will be a good test.”


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