By John Luke McCord
On Wednesday the Ole Miss football team practiced inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the site of their highly anticipated matchup against the eighth-ranked Missouri Tigers on Saturday night.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said it was a good day of work, but said those are the kinds of practices you have to have when you’re facing a team like Missouri the upcoming Saturday.
“I thought the kids had great energy. The coaches had the prepared for a good practice, Freeze said following practice on Wednesday.
“The challenge with Missouri is tough enough, particularly if we don’t come out and practice well. So we feel a little better. It appeared we were on the same page most of the time.”
One of the reasons Missouri is such a tall task is their defense, especially up front where it all starts on the defensive line. The Tigers will feature the SEC sack leader in Michael Sam, who has 10 sacks, and Kony Ealy who has six.
“It’ll be another great test. You get that most weeks in this league. They seem to have had great success stopping the run and getting pressure on the passer. It’s a great challenge,” Freeze said.
Freeze also spoke about the Missouri defense as a whole and why they don’t blitz very often.
“They haven’t had to ( blitz). They get enough pressure. They can play coverage and they’re still getting pressure on you,” Freeze said.
The Missouri defense has not allowed many teams to cancel out their offensive attack this season. Freeze also spoke about that.
“They stop the run. And you get behind because of their offense. Teams are having to throw the ball in the second half,” Freeze said.
Defensive end John Youngblood appeared to have been injured during practice on Wednesday. The details of the injury are not yet clear.