Freeze, trying to build chemistry, likes what he’s seeing in camp leaders

Another take-away from Hugh Freeze’s time with beat writers yesterday was what he had to say about leaders in camp.

At his local media day on Aug. 5 Freeze said he would be intentional about building team chemistry this month, that chemistry created now could be a deciding factor when tough times start separating teams during the season.

Freeze was asked what players were “impressing” him, and he rattled off a long list starting with the defensive side.

“Fadol Brown, Issac Gross, Mike Hilton, Trae Elston … all of those guys are leading our defnese like they should,” he said.

It was interesting last week to hear assistant coach Jason Jones talk about his new corners, Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard, and how they call Mike Hilton when they have questions.

Freeze singled out Evan Engram and Jaylen Walton has leaders on offense.

Freeze said Walton, the senior and starter at running back, has had some “really exciting runs” and also said he’s limiting Walton’s reps, not because of injury but to just try to manage the pounding that running backs take.

He also had good things to say about Fahn Cooper, who started last season as a junior college transfer in spite of the fact that he did not sign in December and reported with the freshmen.

That’s really good news if Cooper is comfortable and more productive.

The way camp is trending seems to have Robert Conyers unseating Ben Still as the starting center.

Clearly there’s OL tinkering going on. With the additional bodies and increased talent I’m thinking that unit is noticeably better this season.

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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