By John Luke McCord
When the sun went down it got cold, but not before the Hugh Freeze and his team were able to take advantage a nice, sunny afternoon.
Freeze was also pleased with the way his team practiced today, for a second consecutive day.
However, the news on Wednesday was the visit the football team received from esteemed author and Super bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy.
“That’s one of my heroes. So its a special time for him to come,” Freeze said. “Spent about an hour with me in office and spoke to the team for about 20 minutes. Honored to have a man that stands for what he stands for. Hopefully that will inspire us to finish strong.”
The message from Dungy, Freeze noted, was an encouragement for his players to take the “narrow road” in life.
Back to football, Freeze also spoke about quarterback Bo Wallace and his concerted effort to improve on third downs.
“We’ve certainly improved. I don’t know that you’re ever exactly where you want to be on third down. Even in the LSU game he did well in the third and longs, Freeze said.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Dan (Werner). He spends most of his time on third down. He and Bo have been on the same page. We’ve certainly been better in the last few games.”
Freeze also noted that the improvement from Wallace has come from a comfort in the offense. He noted that he has shaped and structured the offense in a manner that makes Wallace more comfortable.
“On Friday nights at the hotel I asked him ‘let’s list them.’ So I think that has helped him some,” Freeze said.
The list Freeze is referring to is a list of plays that Wallace feels comfortable running.
For the second day in a row Freeze has liked what he has seen from Jeff Scott. So much, in fact, that he expects Scott to be back returning punts on Saturday against Troy.
The Rebel defense worked today and yesterday for a period on tackling. Freeze doesn’t feel the tackling has been where it needs to be lately and also noted that if the Rebels do not tackle well down the stretch, the teams they have left can really hurt them.
Charles Sawyer did not practice again today and his status remains the same for Saturday, he will be out.
The cast that has been on the left arm of transfer safety Anthony Alford the last few weeks, was off today.