Five Quick Take-Aways
- Chad Kelly played well enough to be named the starter. We’ll see if that holds true. Hugh Freeze made no definitive statement in the postgame.
2. The defense didn’t dominate but played a lot of people, a lot of way down the depth chart people. Martin ran a a lot of quick-hitting run plays and that kind of limited the tackles for loss.
3. The run game looked good. You do have to consider the competition, but it was there. I thought Jordan Wilkins had the better day of the bigger backs, but Akeem Judd showed flashes too.
4. DaMarkus Lodge played and caught a touchdown pass so that answers his redshirt question.
5. Don’t know where the Laremy Tunsil thing is headed. Stay Tuned.
Here’s Quincy Adeboyejo:
We knew the NCAA was asking questions about Laremy Tunsil after the accusations by his stepfather, Lindsey Miller this summer.
Hugh Freeze said in the summer that there was nothing that would keep Tunsil off the field. That changed today.
Nothing that occurred in a handful of practice periods that were open to media indicated that Tunsil was about to be held out today.
Here is the text of the Ole Miss release just handed out on press row:
“As a precautionary measure, we are withholding Laremy Tunsil from today’s game until the pending process can be completed. We are cooperating fully with the NCAA and feel this is the best way to protect Laremy, our football program and the university.”
There is no word on when the “pending process” might be complete.
Athletics media relations director Kyle Campbell tells us any other players held out today are unrelated to the Tunsil matter.
The NCAA thing was never going to go away as quickly as the legal aspect of the summer drama. Court business isn’t quick when compared to many things, but it is when compared to how the NCAA handles business.
The question Freeze and Ole Miss must answer is whether to play Tunsil before it gets an answer from the NCAA. It should not be put in that position, but it is.
It comes back to risk and reward. Potential rewards are great if Laremy Tunsil, right now the projected No. 2 pick in next year’s draft according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, is protecting the blind side of an inexperienced quarterback.
If Tunsil plays and is later declared ineligible by the NCAA Ole Miss could be required to vacate wins.
If the Rebels win nine or 10 games and play in a New Year’s Six bowl and then Tunsil is ruled ineligible, most Ole Miss fans won’t be happy but would accept the trade.
If the NCAA announces an unfavorable ruling in mid-October, that’s a whole different ballgame.
Tough call for Freeze.
On to the game …