By Parrrish Alford and Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
From Parrish Alford’s blog Inside Ole Miss Sports …
Hugh Freeze was not happy with either quarterback after the approximately 2-hour scrimmage, but Bo Wallace did seem to have some rhythm and was doing good things.
In fact, Wallace was nearly turnover-free on the day until he threw two picks in his last four pass attempts.
He had the only touchdown pass of the day, a 28-yarder to Randall Mackey that was a short pass followed by a lot of Mackey.
When the dust settled, the quarterback numbers were fairly similar. Wallace was 10-for-23 with a TD and 2 picks for 134 yards. Barry Brunetti was 12-for-24 for 76 yards, 2 INTs, 0 TDs.
There were drops by receivers too. I’ve had good things to say about Cody Core through the first week of camp, but in the scrimmage he looked more like a true freshman.
There was good news from the freshman running backs with Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers both turning in good plays.
Mathers led all rushers with 47 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, but he also had a fumble. Walton had a touchdown and 30 yards on seven carries.
Devin Thomas (8 carries, 26 yards) got a lot of work, and Jeff Scott, who took a hit to the head during the week, was held out.
Donte Moncrief is slowing working back into the mix. He had 4 catches for 27 yards but had a couple of other catches he could have made.
Defensively, DL Gilbert Pena had a big day with six tackles, a sack and an interception of a Wallace screen pass on the final play of the day.
Cody Prewitt (from Wallace), Quintavius Burdette (from Brunetti) and Senquez Golson (Brunetti) also had interceptions. Golson also had a nice PBU in man coverage.
Freeze video interview at bottom.
From Brad Locke’s Inside Mississippi State blog …
MSU hit South Farm again this morning for practice No. 11 of the preseason, and today’s focus was red zone work, according to offensive coordinator Les Koenning. We spoke with him as well as a handful of receivers and tight ends today.
“The one thing about the red zone, it’s not different but it really helps you because your thought processes have to speed up,” Koenning said. “The field starts shortening and now those windows are a lot shorter in your passing game, you’ve got to get rid of the football, you’ve got to release it. And it was good for us to see how well the kids could process stuff.”
Koenning said quarterback Tyler Russell was having to knock some rust off in red zone work.
“He still was a little bit slow at times. There were a couple of times I wish he had pulled the trigger earlier, but he’s getting familiar again to going at this speed.”
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Video interview with Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze after practice from Parrish Alford.
Video interview with MSU’s Les Koenning from Brad Locke.