Freeze talks QBs, OL and more

Ole Miss was in pads for only the second time this spring today.

Early in drills things usually trend toward the defense. That’s especially true right now with so many key components in what will be next year’s starting OL not around right now.

Freeze talks here a little about the challenge of getting good looks for his skill position players and getting the offensive linemen he does have right now ready for whatever roles they will play in the fall.

This is the time for building depth, and Freeze is hoping to get that from his offensive line and other positions.

For the second straight spring there’s experimentation with Jeremy Liggins at offensive tackle. Freeze would love for Liggins to be able to contribute on the OL. In the two open spring practices we’ve seen Liggins was at right tackle last week and left tackle today.

He’s wearing the recently vacated No. 78.

The key components not around right now include Robert Conyers, who played some center last year but will most likely be at tackle, guard Rod Taylor and five-star freshman Greg Little who will arrive in the summer.

Today’s first team offensive line included senior walk-on Jacob Feeley at center, Sean Rawlings at right tackle, Liggins at left tackle, Javon Patterson at left guard and Jordan Sims at right guard.

Redshirt freshmen Alex Givens is getting mixed in at left tackle and was running first-team there last Thursday. …

There haven’t been any major injuries that have been noticed and none that have been announced.

Junior linebacker DeMarquis Gates did not dress out and had a walking boot on his left foot.

Defensive tackle Breeland Speaks, arrested last week on a DUI first offense, did practice and has begun the discipline protocol that Freeze sets out for such cases. Speaks’ status for the season opener against Florida State is unclear at this time.

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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