By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave his players the day off on Sunday, giving himself one extra day to ponder a couple of on-going competitions on his offensive line.
Other areas will require Freeze’s attention in the second full week of camp, perhaps the secondary where the status of junior college transfer cornerback Tee Shepard (foot) is unclear.
More information on Shepard’s injury and his availability moving forward may be known later today.
The Rebels are back on the practice field at 9:45 a.m. Interviews with coaches and players are scheduled to follow.
Ole Miss will practice every day this week with closed practices scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.
Freeze was disappointed with his team’s offensive performance in a roughly two-hour workout Saturday. Pass protection was the primary issue.
“The things we tried to run this morning you have to be able to protect, and we did not protect at all. We’ve got to get more effort out of us offensively. We had two real good days this week. Yesterday and today both have been pretty evident the defense is way ahead and dominating, so we’ve got a ways to go, but everybody does at this point,” he said.
Usually a defense is ahead of an offense at this point in camp, but Freeze said the gap was wider than what would be considered normal.
“It’s typical for them to be ahead but not quite as dominant as I think they were the last couple of days. Probably half the plays we had scripted were wasted reps for the receivers, because our quarterbacks didn’t even have time to go through their progressions.”
While the Rebels have a potentially dominant left tackle in sophomore Laremy Tunsil, two jobs are open along the line at center and right tackle. Third-year sophomore Robert Conyers is competing at both positions with junior Ben Still at center and junior college transfer Fahn Cooper at right tackle.
Shepard, a former Notre Dame signee, has been running in what Freeze described as a group of first-team candidates.
First-team cornerbacks for most of Saturday’s scrimmage work were Mike Hilton and Senquez Golson.
By Parrish Alford