Freeze praises Tunsil for sticking with team this season

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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze this morning at the Sugar Bowl head coaches’ press conference praised Laremy Tunsil for continuing with the team this year.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, left, and Hugh Freeze at today's Sugar Bowl presser. (photo by John Davis)

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, left, and Hugh Freeze at today’s Sugar Bowl presser. (photo by John Davis)

Tunsil missed the first seven games of the season while serving an NCAA suspension. He has not been made available for interviews since returning to the field for the Texas A&M game on Oct. 24.

That could change Friday night. Tunsil will be part of an “open locker room” setting after the game, athletics media relations personnel say.

He could still choose not to answer questions on any topic.

Projected as an early first-round NFL draft pick, Tunsil could easily have left Ole Miss and just began training for his professional career.

Freeze had this to say about his star left tackle this morning:

“I want to say this about Laremy Tunsil, which I think speaks volumes for him. All of the outside noise he had in his head at that moment when he sat so many games was saying, ‘Just go and go on. Why do you want to play?’ And I really came to a new appreciation of him as a person when he said, ‘No, I owe it to my team to play.’”

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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