Scott officially out, good news on Gross and Strong, and a rap singer visits.
By John Luke McCord
Ole Miss has a tough task looming on Saturday. They face the sixth rank LSU Tigers, however, they will be doing short-handed. Jeff Scott will be absent from the offense and host of defenders could miss Saturday’s game.
Today rain forced the Rebels into the Manning Center, and Freeze would have preferred different.
“I wish we could have got outside, I love that weather when it gets a little cooler. But we got a lot of rain so inside, not bad. I got to watch a good bit of the defensive practice. I think we understand the plan, I think it’s a good plan. We’re still making a few mistakes, got to get those corrected,” Freeze said following Wednesday’s work.
Freeze then proceeded with a bit of good news on the injury front as he noted the quick recoveries of Issac Gross and Temario Strong.
“Temario surprised us today and is moving around quite a bit better than we expected. That’s the only two at this point that I’m kind of expecting to get back,” Freeze said.
After missing yesterday’s practice and today’s as well, Jeff Scott will not play according to Freeze, he would not feel OK with him going out there because of that.
Back to the good news, Freeze also spoke about the development of Strong, with him now having to assume a much larger role due to injuries.
“Well, on special teams he’s phenomenal. He loves to play the game, he’s physical and he plays hard. The bad thing is, he needs the reps, but it’d be good to have him, at least for special teams, if nothing else,” Freeze said.
The Rebels appeared to have found something with I’tavius Mathers during the Texas A&M game and with Scott being out, it will be up to Mathers and Jaylen Walton to carry the Rebel rushing attack. Especially if Barry Brunetti is limited due to his injured shoulder.
“I think they’ve proven they’re ready to have that responsibility that comes their way. I’ve been pleased with their performance, I think we’ll be fine there,” Freeze said of Walton and Mathers.
Though LSU has been very impressive with Zach Mettenberger and company on offense this season, the Rebels are still leery of the Tiger defense on which the program has been built around for the better part of the last decade.
“Coach Chavis has been around for years and he know exactly what he wants to do and he has the athletes there to do it,” Freeze said of the LSU defense. “I think everyone understands the type of defense that is expected at LSU and nothing’s changed this year.”
With Scott likely to miss Saturday’s contest that likely means the punt return duties will be left to Korvic Neat and Freeze mentioned that Trae Elston would be the next guy up.
While Freeze spends most of his time trying to figure out his team and the opponents they must play each week, today he experienced something that he doesn’t know much about a rap musician by the name of Wale stopped by the check out the Rebel football program.
“Anything that gets us a little more energy around here, we’re typically for,” Freeze said.