The offense followed a good day on Wednesday with a decent day on Thursday. Maybe that's a start.
Quarterbacks Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace both had some good passes and followed that up with bad ones, a mixed bag of results.
In the first competition period both quarterbacks stood in the pocket and completed passes in the face of the blitz. That was good to see.
Tight end Ferbia Allen had a good day catching the ball, and freshman WR Cody Core continues to catch the ball well.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze mentioned Core in a group of receivers he's thought have done well this camp. That group was led by Vincent Sanders. He included Ja-Mes Logan as well but said production from Logan is expected.
Core has proven he can catch the ball, but that's just one part of understanding the offense and getting ready to play. “He's shown flashes, but when we're going fast he's swimming, as are the young tailbacks,” Freeze said.
If this was game week the Rebels would use as many as eight true freshmen, Freeze said. That number might be a little lower come actual game week depending on Charles Sawyer's health.
Sawyer (torn quad) remains out. Donte Moncrief is working his way back, and Jeff Scott was held out as a precautionary measure after a blow to the head on Wendesday. Freeze said Scott was "almost symptom-free" this morning. OL Aaron Morris (Achilles) remains out and is listed day to day.
Freeze says the most consistent freshman has been defensive lineman Issac Gross.
Another newcomer, junior college transfer cornerback Louis Covington was getting a good number of reps today and turned in one of several interceptions by the secondary.
Among the quarterback highlights in the tempo portion of practice were a touchdown drive led by Brunetti and a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first play by Wallace.
Wallace's pass went to Korvic Neat on a crossing pattern and resulted in some extra running for the first team defense.