Final Stretch

Hugh Freeze

Ole Miss worked in shorts and shirts to open the final week of practices, but head coach Hugh Freeze "wasn't a fan" of the work put in.


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Ole Miss has had spirited practice after spirited practice this spring.

That is, until Monday.

The Rebels worked in shorts and shirts to open the final week of practices, but head coach Hugh Freeze "wasn't a fan" of the work put in.

Ole Miss will close out spring with the annual Grove Bowl game on Saturday at noon. Freeze said the game will follow the same script as Saturday's scrimmage. The Rebels will hold a third-down competition, red zone competition and more. The game will pit offense vs. defense.

"Not a fan of today," he said. "After we're able to go every day in pads and then you've got to do one more not pads, I don't know, definitely not the kind of practices we've been having."

While Monday was disappointing, Freeze had plenty of good things to say about the scrimmage the Rebels held inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium two days ago.

"Lot of good things," he said. "I thought we ran the ball well in between the tackles. We made some explosive plays, defense took the ball away which is positive for them, not so positive for us.

"That was Ryan (Buchanan) and (DeVante) Kincade's first time in the pocket really being live. Some of those hits, the (offensive line) didn't protect it real well. And Jeremy (Liggins), on a run down in the red zone, he got hit right on the ball (and fumbled). It was a good play. He didn't really have it too loose, but you've got to protect the ball, man.

"We can't turn it over, so we've got to get those things corrected. It was good to see the defense go get it, though. I thought Anthony Alford flew around, played physical. I thought C.J. Hampton made some good plays. Collins Moore continues to show up offensively. Christian Russell runs around and is very physical. Doesn't know everything that we're doing right now. Marquis Haynes shows up. It's just some good, young guys showing up that we're going to need to help us and have the depth to compete all year long with this schedule we have."

Freeze expanded on three of his mid-year enrollees: quarterback Kendrick Doss, safety Hampton and Haynes.

"Doss, he's just learning. His head's spinning. But what a phenomenal kid and we've got to get him in some this week and get him some more quality reps," Freeze said. "Hampton, I kind of think of our safeties as 1A and 1B. He and Anthony back there, we feel different about that position than we did last year. Marquis Haynes, I just think he's a special athlete. Hopefully can gain some weight, but that kid's going to have to play for you because he can run and he's physical. Thrilled that we have him."

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