By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The Ole Miss football team finished its first week of spring practice for a new coaching staff on a high note Thursday.
“I couldn’t be more pleased on the team’s effort today and the way they bounced back from what I thought was a half-hearted effort yesterday,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “We told them in our team meeting today that it is time they expect more of themselves and it’s not OK to not give great effort.”
Freeze praised the efforts of sophomore wide receiver Donte Moncrief and senior defensive lineman Uriah Grant.
“Donte is a special player and he’s a leader of that group. We have to find a way to utilize him. … He goes about his work every day, he doesn’t have to tell people about it he just does it. I’m very, very pleased with him.
“The defensive line is huge to begin with and to play in this league you have to have at least two deep if not three and Uriah is a guy that we think is going to be right in the mix.”
The second week of work starts today with a 4:15 practice at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It will be open to the public.
The annual Grove Bowl game will be April 21.