By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze downplayed the idea of Barry Brunetti changing positions before the beginning of spring ball.
It’s clear at the conclusion, however, that Brunetti, the No. 2 quarterback, expects a discussion about how he’ll be used in his senior season. He hopes that discussion is soon.
In his pre-spring press conference Freeze said, “I don’t know that we’ll ever move him. We’ll just see how things go. That would be a fall camp deal.”
Brunetti lost out to Bo Wallace in a quarterback competition in the spring and August of 2012. He remained a prominent figure on the team, appearing in 12 games, and became noted for his running, rushing for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
“We haven’t talked about it yet. I feel like that will be probably around the beginning of the summer, around that time in May,” Brunetti said. “I’m ready for him to let me know so I can work on it, whatever I need to do.”
During practice for the BBVA Compass Bowl Brunetti expressed interest in the role played by Randall Mackey last season … some quarterback, some running back, some receiver.
The Rebels lack depth at wide receiver right now but not at running back.
Whatever happens moving forward Brunetti says he’s will remain part of the team.
“We’ve got something special going here, and I want to be a part of that on the field too,” he said.
Ward makes a jump
Earlier this spring, Freeze and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack called on sophomore defensive end Channing Ward to play with more speed and aggression.
Wommack said he felt like the Aberdeen All-American did that this week, the final week. Wommack also indicated that Ward was dealing with some personal problems that may have affected his earlier performance.
“He had a couple of issues that I didn’t know about. He came in and talked to us, and I think we’ve been able to help him in some areas,” Wommack said. “We could see a difference in him this week.”
Ward had three tackles and half a sack in the scrimmage.
The Rebels got out of the day almost injury free, but they’ll have to monitor freshman running back Mark Dodson, an early enrollee.
On a run around left end Dodson was near the sideline he was hit in the head by transfer safety Anthony Alford.
Dodson’s immediate status was not known, but Freeze said it could possibly be a concussion.