Media Day Notes

A few quick items of interest and an opinion or two. …

Hugh Freeze sounds very excited about the addition of Tee Shepard calling him the “lock down corner that maybe we were missing.”

Sounds like a big role for Shepard right away, and that will enable Mike Hilton to help out more at Huskie, though he’ll probably play both positions.

The current depth chart has Hilton and Derrick Jones listed as co-starters at one corner but also has Hilton listed as Tony Conner’s backup at Huskie after the season-ending injury to Chief Brown.

Freeze called Hilton one of the team’s best players and says he will play somewhere. Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack took that a step farther and says Hilton will “start” somewhere. …

Jeremy Liggins will start out at tight end, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stay there. However, it does mean that Channing Ward moves back to defense.

It’s not a stretch to think of Liggins the tight end coming in as your short-yardage QB. A lot of time was invested in that in the spring.

It’s hard to imagine much playing time from the line of scrimmage for Ward, though, while other ends got a lot of reps in the spring.

Freeze says Ward is still developing.

“Channing and I had several talks over the course of the summer. He will probably have one package offensively. Hopefully everything comes together for him and he kind of turns it loose and plays with a higher motor and not somewhat confused which has kind of been what he’s going through.”

Look for Ward to continue to be a force on special teams. …

Had an interesting conversation with Robert Nkemdiche. His face lit up when I asked him if the move from end to tackle was difficult late last season. The guy was the No. 1 recruit in 2013, and earning freshman All-America honors should not be viewed as under-achieving. It’s clear, however, that he expected more of himself, and he was eager to share his opinions on the move to tackle. He seems excited to be at the position, but he did say it slowed him down at the end of last season. …

No news on the waiver requests for OL Christian Morris and WR Damore’ea Stringfellow. They’ll both sit out unless something changes on that front. Morris, though, has recovered from his Achilles injury and will be ready to practice. …

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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