PARRISH ALFORD – Rebels’ camp: Early notes

OleMissLogoOXFORD – Week 1 of camp is in the books at Ole Miss, capped by a rainy Saturday scrimmage that left Rebels coach Hugh Freeze less than excited about his offense.

Sunday was an off day, the first for Ole Miss since camp began.

Here’s some of what I observed from the first week:

Wallace’s decisions
While his ailing shoulder got a lot of attention late last season, Bo Wallace’s decisions under fire were almost as much a story line in November as they were in September.

Now after a full year as the starter and an off-season, Freeze is still calling out Wallace on his decisions. That’s a problem.

Wallace should be past that, and he’s going to have to make the right reads more often if he’s going to cut down on the 17 interceptions he threw last year.

Something else to remember about Wallace. He didn’t set the world on fire in camp a year ago and never really distanced himself from Barry Brunetti until the games got under way.

Reducing those picks would be a natural step in the progression for Wallace, who was voted Mississippi’s top college football player in 2012.

He still has a couple of weeks of camp to build some momentum in taking care of the football.

Wallace’s backup

Who will back up Wallace?

Brunetti would be a good place to start, but it was a very impressive week for freshman Devante Kincade.

Often, a “dual threat” designation for a quarterback can mean “suspect passer,” but Kincade showed touch and accuracy in Week One. He also made some freshman throws.

Clearly Kincade is getting the reps to be prepared for some type of role.

Brunetti brings strong inside running and a lot of experience to the table, but there’s no denying Kincade’s fast start.

Fresh faces
Freshmen Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell had a first week befitting their recruiting coverage.

Nkemdiche was rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Treadwell the No. 1 wide receiver.

Both were running first team by the middle of the week.

Right now, Nkemdiche has the look that some athletes hope for when they’re seniors.

The back half of the week had Nkemdiche at the left end, C.J. Johnson at the right. If that holds that means a different role for senior returning starter Cameron Whigham, who missed the latter half of the week while being treated for concussion symptoms.

Regardless of who starts, when you throw Channing Ward and possibly D.T. Shackelford into the mix the Rebels should improve their pass rush off the edge this season.

Treadwell is a strong, physical receiver who is catching the ball in traffic.

Donte Moncrief had a good first week, and if Treadwell continues to develop quickly there will be exciting possibilities when those two are on the field at the same time.

Freeze and Wallace need to take advantage of that this season. If Moncrief improves his consistency in conference games it could be the only year he and Treadwell play together.

Parrish Alford ( covers Ole Miss for the Journal. He blogs daily at

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