This is the first of several two-a-days for Ole Miss, and the Rebels will be back on the field this evening.
After breaking down the Hugh Freeze audio from this morning’s practice …
The Race for No. 2: Freeze was critical of his redshirt freshmen quarterbacks for poor timing and mental mistakes earlier this week. Ryan Buchanan (think pocket) and DeVante Kincade (think mobile) were both four-star recruits and are bidding to become the primary backup for senior Bo Wallace.
Sounds like Buchanan might be a little ahead based on recent work.
“I’ve been real pleased with Ryan the last two days. DeVante did some really good things but had some bad decisions today too, and those kind of stand out in my mind. They’ve had better days (since earlier this week), especially Ryan, who had good days yesterday and today.
Kicker and Punter: There are varying styles in redshirt freshman Will Gleeson, of Melboune, Australia, and freshman Gary Wunderlich in what could be a spirited competition at punter.
“Gleeson gives us some options that we can do some out-of-the-box stuff in punt,” Freeze said. “Gary can really hit it now. Gary’s got a strong leg.”
Wunderlich is also competing to be the placement kickder along with senior Andrew Fletcher and redshirt freshman Andy Pappanastos. They appear fairly even just from practice charts, Freeze said, although he likes the height that Pappasnastos and Wunderlich are getting on their kicks.
Kickers and punters will face a live rush for the first time tomorrow.
Injuries: DL Issac Gross and CB Kailo Moore remain out with unspecified injuries that have been described as minor. Transfer DE Fadol Brown is also out. Freeze said Gross may be just one day away from getting back on the field, while Brown (ankle) and Moore could be next week in returning.
Wildcat or Wild Rebel: Whenever the Rebels go wild look for both Jeremy Liggins and Anthony Alford to have a package. Alford is likely to get the first shot, because Freeze says he doesn’t want to overload Liggins at this time.
Depth Chart News: Looks like Fahn Cooper is pulling away with the right offensive tackle job. Robert Conyers, freshman Rod Taylor and Craig Frigo are also getting reps there. … Freeze praised the play of Ben Still and Conyers at center as the Rebels try to replace a three-year starter in Evan Swindall. Still is currently first team. With Brown out this week freshman Marquise Haynes is running first team at defensive end. Freeze says he tried to get longer and more athletic at several positions on defense. Haynes, freshman Victor Evans and juco transfer Tee Shepard are examples of that.