Media Monday

No Chad Kelly video today. He was not made available for interviews.

A few quick notes. There’s no Laremy Tunsil update. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze reiterated his belief that something will happen on that “early this week,” but apparently not as early as this point in time on a Monday.

On the injury front, the only short-term injured player who missed the New Mexico State game who was not declared available for Memphis is center Robert Conyers. Running back Jaylen Walton, guard Justin Bell and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfello are expected to play. Freeze said Conyers is day-to-day.

The status of two newcomers to the injury list is unclear. Backup defensive tackle D.J. Jones has begun concussion protocol, and tight end Evan Engram is listed as day to day.

The Memphis game, as you might expect, is a big, big deal for the 11 Memphis-area players on the Ole Miss roster.

Several of them commented on the fans who chanted “We want Ole Miss,” after the Tigers defeated Cincinnati 53-46 on Sept. 24. These guys were made aware of that group through social media.

Memphis is on a 12-game win streak, the third-longest in FBS. The Tigers haven’t lost since falling 24-3 to Ole Miss in Oxford last year.

Ole Miss running back Jordan Wilkins, from the Memphis suburb of Cordova, has looked forward to this game for a long time.

Another big talking point for Ole Miss players today was Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, the 6-foot-7 redshirt junior.

He’s a projected first-round pick, currently listed No. 17 on Mel Kiper’s big board. He’s been in the system for a while, and his height lets him easily find passing lanes and see the field.

He’s completing 70.5 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception.

When a guy is completing at that high a percentage you know he’s getting his receivers involved with the underneath passing game, the very thing that caused Ole Miss so much trouble against Florida.

Mike Hilton’s move to Huskie will help somewhat, but right now it’s hard to tell just how much. Hilton has been back at Huskie for only one game, and that was New Mexico State which just isn’t very good.

Here’s what Hilton had to say about Lynch and some other topics too.

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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