Highlights from the Hugh Freeze Monday presser …
It all began with a loud, sustained round of applause for Freeze when he walked in the room. That’s not something journalists do, but a quick look around the room revealed that was coming from Harry Harrison, who is probably more known for his days as an All-American defensive back here and not for journalism. LSU week brings out a lot of emotion from Harrison, who made the play to stop LSU and preserve an Ole Miss win in 1972 — but then there was that clock thing.
When the presser got going Freeze went though a long injury list.
It was announced Sunday that TE Evan Engram (high ankle sprain) is done for the year. He’s having surgery today. DE Robert Nkemdiche (hamstring) is out this week. Freeze said when that injury occurred that it would probably be after the open date for Nkemdiche if he continues to progress. Serderius Bryant (concussion) has not been cleared. DE Carlos Thompson remains out. DE Cameron Whigham (stinger) is questionable, as are CB Mike Hilton (hamstring) RB Jeff Scott (thigh bruise) and LB Keith Lewis.
Cornerback Senquez Golson missed the LSU game because of suspension, not injury. Freeze said Golson will practice, but he’s not made a decision on Golson’s status for the game.
A few items of interest.
I wrote earlier today about the question of focus and intensity against an Idaho team that is 1-6 and has been outscored 43-16 on overage.
Freeze said he felt like intensity was something less than it needed to be for the Southeast Missouri State game and said that is something that will be really stressed to players this week.
Bo Wallace talks about that and other topics here:
In other news …
Freeze was extremely complimentary of the play of freshman cornerback Derrick Jones against LSU. “He passed with flying colors.”
Freeze also praised the play of Lavon Hooks and said his juco defensive tackle is showing improvement.
He said the loss of the athletic Engram at tight end will be felt in the offense. “We don’t have another one like him.” He expects more work for Nick Parker while Engram is out.
Freeze said he expects to continue to shorten practices and take extra precautions while so many players are out injured.
DL Bryon Bennett talks about his move out to end and sounds like he’d be OK to stay there a while. He’ll be there again at least this week it looks like.