Heading over for practice now. There will be a few viewing periods but not player, coach interviews today. I’ll have an update afterward.
In the meantime …
Chad Kelly pushed all the right buttons yesterday. That’s not a surprise. He’s pushed all the right buttons since enrolling at Ole Miss. He comes across as genuine and trying to distance himself from previous decisions. Many will roll their eyes at this, and Kelly’s track record warrants that kind of response. It has placed him under the microscope more than what would be considered normal for a candidate in a three-man quarterback race.
The surprise yesterday was that in Kelly spoke at all. There seemed to be some confusion on his availability, but Hugh Freeze made Kelly available toward the end of player interviews.
In other news, Freeze’s main talking point of the day was chemistry. He stopped short of saying last year’s chemistry was poor, but there’s no doubt he wants this year’s chemistry to be better. If it is, it could help the Rebels better respond to adversity similar to that which attached itself to last year’s team. Without getting into specifics, Freeze says he has an intentional plan, things he’ll do this month, to improve chemistry and strengthen the locker room.
Also an interesting position change to note with redshirt freshman D.K. Buford moving from defensive back to running back to improve depth there after the stress fracture and surgery for freshman Eric Swinney.