By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was glad to see energy from his players Thursday morning and without artificial assistance.
The Rebels went through two workouts Wednesday, their first two-a-day of August practice.
“Yesterday was a physical day, and I felt like we might come out and feel sorry for ourselves,” Freeze said. “I had my mind made up that I was going to do some things to force them to have a good practice, but I didn’t have to do too much. They came out with energy. That first competition period kicked us off and carried over.”
That period included a couple of nice completions from quarterbacks Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace, both of whom held the ball in the face of a blitz long enough to make the play.
It wasn’t all good on the offensive side of the ball, however.
There were good balls thrown by both quarterbacks, and “then there were some of their worst ones five minutes later. It’s a process, and they’re getting better,” Freeze said.
Highlights during the up-tempo portion of the practice included a touchdown drive led by Brunetti and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to Korvic Neat on a crossing pattern, the latter resulting in extra running for the defense.
Going into the first major scrimmage of camp Saturday morning, Freeze says there’s no separation between Wallace and Brunetti, and he expects both to play – at least through the early games.
“There’s not enough to say that one’s ahead. We’ll see them both and see how that plays out the first few weeks,” Freeze said.
RB Jeff Scott was held out Thursday as a precautionary measure after a hit to the head on Wednesday. … WR Donte Moncrief is beginning to get more work in practice. He’s been slowed since a thigh injury on the second day. … OL Aaron Morris (achilles) was held out and is listed day-to-day, as is Scott. … Redshirt freshman Justin Bell is taking Morris’ place with the first team at left guard.