Video Blog: OM’s Freeze talks start of summer drills

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

Ole Miss opened up football camp leading up to the season opener with Florida State. Hugh Freeze talked about his early impressions, and took questions on a number of things.

Freeze was asked a few times about the NCAA investigation. His response was that it wasn’t hard to focus in on summer camp.

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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  • JB

    OXFORD — Charles Wiley is being allowed to practice but would not play
    in a game if Ole Miss had one today. That’s because of the facts the
    program has gathered related to Wiley’s arrest on a charge of domestic
    violence two weeks ago, coach Hugh Freeze said Monday. The defensive
    end, a true freshman, participated in practice Monday after Freeze said
    in a statement at the time of Wiley’s arrest that Wiley wouldn’t
    participate in “team activities while the process moves forward.” Wiley
    enrolled at Ole Miss in January and was a four-star recruit rated as the
    No. 20 weakside defensive end and No. 274 player overall, according to
    247Sports’ Composite Rating. He chose the Rebels over offers from
    Alabama, …

  • JB

    Ole Miss held their first practice that was open to the media on Monday.

  • JB

    Football: – Florida State football opened up fall practice on Tuesday,
    marking the official start to the 2016 campaign. – Head coach Jimbo
    Fisher opened things up with a press conference, diving into his
    expectations in 2017 following a strong offseason. He also opened up
    about a social media ban, barring any player to be involved until the
    season is over. – His comments on QB Deondre Francois seemed like a
    flashback on something he said about a former ‘Nole QB. In that
    circumstance, things seemed to work out for Fisher and FSU. – Fisher
    also provided an update on the injury status of key players, including
    Derwin James who will miss some time. You can see the full report by
    clicking the link. …

  • JB

    Ole Miss looking good, here is something:I came across today;

    Team breakdown

    Offense

    Key returning starters: QB Chad Kelly, TE Evan Engram, WR Damor’ea Stringfellow, WR Quincy Adeboyejo

    The Rebels have the SEC’s best returning starting
    quarterback in Kelly and plenty of depth at receiver to mitigate the
    loss of Laquon Treadwell, but the offensive line will have to prove
    itself. None of the three linemen listed above was a full-time starter
    at a single position last year.

    Defense

    Key returning starters: DE Fadol Brown, DE Marquis Haynes, CB Tony Bridges, Nickelback Tony Conner

    To combat the lack of experience at linebacker, the
    Rebels grabbed graduate transfer Rommel Mageo from Oregon State. The
    toughest question is how will Ole Miss replace DT Robert Nkemdiche, who
    could capably play any position on the line. Nkemdiche did most of his
    damage at tackle, and sophomore Breeland Speaks and senior D.J. Jones
    will try to replicate that disruption.

    Superlatives

    Leader in rushing: Akeem Judd, who
    averaged 5.5 yards a carry in the Rebels’ final seven games—also known
    as the games Laremy Tunsil played—should take advantage of defenses
    spreading out to deal with Kelly and that loaded receiving corps.

    Leader in receiving: Stringfellow. The
    Washington transfer averaged 14 yards a catch last season and should be
    Kelly’s primary target. But Engram is a matchup nightmare and three
    freshmen (A.J. Brown, DeKaylin Metcalf and Tre Nixon) could also
    contribute.

    Leader in sacks: Haynes. He led the Rebels with 10 sacks in ’15.

    Leader in interceptions: Bridges. The senior corner could be the beneficiary if Haynes and company force opposing QBs into bad throws.

  • JB

    PA and JD if i take up too much of your space on here – tell me to buss off and go away, Thanks for allowing me to post here, JB


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