Wednesday Practice Report

By John Luke McCord
Daily Mississippian
Hugh Freeze said that he went a little longer on this particular Wednesday than he does on most Wednesdays.
“It was a good day,” Freeze said following Wednesday’s work. “Just trying to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help our guys to see it visually before Saturday night.”
There is a chance of inclement weather on Saturday night. If rain does indeed come during the game, it will leave the usually uptempo Rebel offense with two options.
“Ken Crain just sent me a text earlier. I don’t ever watch the weather,” Freeze said. “You have the internal battle of do you want a dry ball or do want to go fast?”
“You got to take your choice. What we will do is Thursday we’ll have some wet ball drills to see if we feel like we can go fast with a wet ball. If we can’t, we’ll take the dry ball. You certainly don’t want to be putting the ball on the ground,” Freeze continued.
Freeze also jokingly noted that he would bring his rain suit with him on the trip.
Barry Brunetti practiced well today after struggling recently with a nagging shoulder injury, that may or may not be why he did not play against Alabama.
“It looked good today. We’re not banging on him, but he threw it well. I think he’ll be go to go if we choose to use him. Bo is our guy, but we’ll use him in situations, just like we have, if he can,” Freeze said.
CJ Johnson, on the other hand, was again held out of practice today. Freeze noted that was predetermined.
“We’re not going to do anything with him until tomorrow afternoon. That was the plan all along,” Freeze noted. “I told him I didn’t want to see him on it(ankle). Ride your little scooter and we’ll check it outThursday.”
Carlton Martin did not make the trip to Tuscaloosa this past weekend and his performance so far this week reflects that his is still recovering.
“I haven’t gotten a report. Yesterday he looked, on the film, so-so. He’s going to make the trip because we need him. He’s much better than he was last week, but didn’t think he was like was a few weeks ago,” Freeze said.
Freeze also talked about the progression of Channing Ward and Carlos Thompson. Talent has never been in question with either, however, coming into the season nothing was guaranteed with the two. Each has earned an important role on the Rebel defensive line early this season.
“Channing has come a long way. Still not the practice player I want him to be, but definitely in the game he turns it up a bit,” Freeze said. “Carlos practices harder. Does things right off the field, it seems. On the field, still makes some mistakes, but no question he’s added some valuable depth.”
Freeze also talked about the offense he and Gus Malzahn runs at Auburn and the difficulties it can cause defenses. He noted that communication from the sidelines is quick and that allows the tempo. He also noted the variety of looks each offense can give and even how some formations are very deceptive.
“Just the different pictures you give them out of different looks,” Freeze concluded.

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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