By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Spring football practice is here at Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze had a lot to talk about before the Rebels hit the field again.
One of the main topics involved the three-way quarterback battle between Chad Kelly, signed this offseason from East Mississippi Community College, DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan. Unless the next 15 practices produce “clear cut” results, don’t expect a starter to be named until the Rebels go through summer drills leading up to the 2015 season opener.
On the injury front, Freeze said that Laremy Tunsil is coming along in his recovery from the broken leg suffered during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Tunsil is out for the spring, having just been taken out of the boot last week.
Aaron Morris, who suffered a torn ACL just before the bowl game with TCU, will also be out. Freeze said that Robert Conyers was on the mend, but he should be able to practice after the team comes back from spring break.
Freeze also gave an update on wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who will practice after spring break more than likely. Treadwell’s recovery has gone well, Freeze said, crediting the medical staff and doctors for their efforts. Treadwell, even when he returns, looks to be limited.
One of the bigger things Freeze would like to really work on this spring is getting better at running the ball. Jaylen Walton, the one back with the most experience, will get fewer reps because Freeze wants to see what Jordan Wilkins and Akeem Judd, the two he mentioned by name, have to offer. It seems like the running backs will have a microscope on them to a degree.
On defense, it was clear that solidifying things at linebacker, specifically at the MLB spot, is the biggest key. CJ Johnson is also going to get some looks there as the Rebels try to replace Deterrian Shackelford and three linebackers overall from the 2014 season.
Here are portions of Freeze’s press conference Tuesday afternoon.