Spring Football Scrimmage

First time we’ve seen the Rebels this spring. Here are a few take-aways plus video from Hugh Freeze and Dave Wommack.

On a day when all three quarterbacks looked good I thought Chad Kelly looked the best.

It doesn’t matter who looks good when there’s not going to be a starter named soon.

DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan had good days too.

Here’s Freeze:

We’ve heard a lot of Kelly’s arm strength. I saw it for the first time today live. Laquon Treadwell spoke earlier in the week about that arm strength and Kelly hanging up deep balls for the receivers to run under and make a play.

He threw some nice deep balls today. One went for a big gain to Quincy Adeboyejo who later fumbled it just shy of the goalline.

Another was in in place for Quintavius Burdette to make a play on, but Chief Brown made the play instead with a PBU. …

It will be interesting to see Jeremy Liggins at tackle. I think it’s the best place for him. The question will be is it too late in his career for him to fully grasp the position and make an impact?

Obviously a guy that once played quarterback — and played it last year in short-yardage at the college level — has the footwork. Spending a year behind Tunsil maybe he steps in as the replacement next year. Will be fun to watch. …

I thought Derrick Jones looked good at wide receiver. We’ve talked a lot about Jones’ athleticism. He’s moved around to a lot of different positions. Assuming Laquon Treadwell comes back from injury in the way that’s expected it will be hard for Jones to stand out in a talented group, but he’s got some skills. He looked good today catching the ball and once breaking a tackle for a big gain. …

Here’s Dave Wommack:

You don’t subtract two All-American defensive backs and not miss a beat, but Ole Miss is in much closer to position to doing that than many will realize.

The willingness of Wommack and Freeze to move Mike Hilton from corner to safety — to Rover — before spring drills says what they think about juco transfers Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard at corner. Shepard, of course, sat out last year with torn ligaments in his big toe.

Those guys give the Rebels length and athleticism at corner, and they’re playing well right now. Freeze says they’re too aggressive at times. There’s plenty of time to fine-tune that. You can’t teach ability, though, and they have it.

They have to play well for this defense to be as good as it can be — and that’s going to be really good.

Speaking of Hilton, he’s out with a broken thumb right now. It’s had a pin inserted. Add him to the list of injuries that have caused guys to miss spring but are expected to be back for summer workouts.

Walking around the indoor field that was crowded with visitors it was hard to get a good look at the OL and DL. I saw enough to understand that juco defensive tackle D.J. Jones will really help this team at nose.

The Rebels have to be more dominant against the run. He’s going to give them that chance.


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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