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:
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.
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.