By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss did not come out of its 30-27 loss to Texas Aamp&M unscathed.
Sophomore wide receiver Collins Moore, after sustaining a torn labrum in one shoulder on the second day of practice, separated his “good” shoulder and will be lost for the rest of the season.
Moore was the starting slot receiver when he went down in August. He had worked his way back into a productive role, albeit it a limited one.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said he will pursue a medical redshirt for Moore, but it’s “not a slam dunk.”
Moore has appeared in six games, though his playing time in several of them was very little as Freeze pondered holding him back for a medical redshirt.
The redshirt window has not completely closed, but pursing one now is “not a slam dunk,” Freeze said.
Moore has appeared in six games. Over the last three, he had four catches for 58 yards.
Tough task ahead
Offensive line coach Matt Luke says getting the players “up” after the Aggies’ dramatic comeback will be a little bigger than usual, but he’s not concerned about the team’s emotional state.
“Yeah, I think it is. I think it’s a job, but sometimes those kids are more resilient than even the coaches. Coaches, we get down too. Those kids, once you get back to work, and you put your work gloves back on Tuesday and install the game plan for Auburn, I think we’ll start moving on in that direction.”
Luke said players were clearly hurting when they met together for Sunday’s walk-through.
“Sunday is about the truth. We watch it, we tell the truth about what happened on tape, and then we throw it in the garbage and start getting ready for the next win. And that’s win or lose. You can’t get too high on the wins, and you can’t get too low on the losses. You have to stay steady,” he said.
Wallace is the man
Last week Freeze announced an open competition for the starting quarterback job between Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti.
He softened that some this week, praising the play of Wallace, who he said had just one bad decision against the Aggies, a very glaring one that resulted in an interception and sealed the Rebels fate.
Freeze said Wallace remains the starter. “If he continues to play well you’ll see a combination of both, but if those mistakes like that are occurring early, there will be a change.”