Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

Spring football is now complete. I’ll begin an After Spring look at the Rebels position by position.

Hugh Freeze backtracked a little bit on Saturday when he named Ryan Buchanan the leader. He had told us with no lack of clarity that he wouldn’t name a leader it didn’t expect to name a starter until mid-way through August camp.

After the Grove Bowl he named Buchanan the leader but immediately attached an asterisk. He basically said that if this was a Tuesday night in November with 96 percent of precincts reporting the race would be too close to call. It’s that close, he said.

From the Mother Ship, Freeze and his quarterbacks.

Also from the Mother Ship, our Grove Bowl Notebook. Freeze raved about safety C.J. Hampton this spring. That’s great news because it shows the development of highly rated players. Hampton was an early commit, and there was some fanfare around his later recruiting when Nick Saban choppered into Meridian High School for a visit. Hampton didn’t get much playing time last year behind Cody Prewitt. That’s understandable, but sometimes guys get impatient. That doesn’t sound like the case for Hampton. He clearly expects a big role this season, and judging from Freeze’s consistent commentary about him, he’s ready to take that step.

Hampton was named spring’s most improved defensive player. It was interesting to see redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordan Sims named most improved offensive player. Redshirted offensive linemen can produce great offensive lines. Lots of room for improvement up front for Ole Miss. Maybe the Rebels are headed in that direction. …

When is the last time great seats were available for Ole Miss baseball and promoted like this? There’s no better marketing than winning if the Rebels back up a series win over No. 1 Vanderbilt with a series win at Auburn that will take care of the available tickets:

The Rebels are back in action Tuesday night at 6:30 against Tennessee. (The Martin campus.) …

The big question is what will he do to celebrate:

Like Ole Miss, Georgia settled nothing in a three-way spring quarterback race, and the competition will extend into August camp.

More on the SEC’s unsettled quarterback jobs from …

From, 12 top 100 basketball prospects remain uncommitted. …

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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