Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze wasn't very pleased with Tuesday's workout, saying it lacked “pizazz” from the offense.
He didn't know exactly what led to a sub-par afternoon but said it could have been related to the later lifting period for the offense. Whatever the case, it's something the coaches will address, he said.
“Defensively it was excellent. I thought their energy was great, their attention to detail and to the game plan … and they were coachable. Offensively, we had no energy, no bounce in our step like it's game week. That was a little disappointing. I'm sure they will bounce back tomorrow.”
Perhaps contributing to the defensive energy was the return of two starters, cornerback Wesley Pendleton and rover Charles Sawyer. Both have been out for several weeks, Sawyer since the second day of camp.
“Just watching I thought Charles looked really good. Wesley looked 80 percent. I thought Charles was the farthest along,” Freeze said.
Backup corner Cliff Coleman also returned to practice today.
The news was not so good for running back Jeff Scott, and his status for the opener begins to lean to doubtful. Scott has a back injury.
“He tried to go today, and I was proud of him for that, but he's not himself for sure. If we had to play tomorrow, I don't know that he would be a factor,” Freeze said.