Refilling The Tank

In Monday's press conference, Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze indicated the coaching staff would have to decide how much practice time to put the Rebels through this week in preparation for LSU. It appeared Tuesday as if they opted for a short, but intense, workout to allow the Rebs to recharge their batteries.

Tuesday practices of game week usually last around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

With a sore, beat up, tired team on his hands, Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze opted for a shorter, but still intense, Tuesday workout to allow the Rebs the opportunity to rest a little, heal a little and recharge a little after the physically and emotionally draining loss to Vanderbilt Saturday night.

"We had a good day. We had some good energy and a good plan," said Freeze. "Special teams were good. These kids are going to battle, they are going to fight.

"We cut out some of the pre-practice stuff and took about 20 minutes off the workout. This time of the year, that's not unusual."

The Rebel defensive line has been a little overlooked lately, but they have done a very good job, especially against the run.

"I couldn't be more pleased, especially as undersized as we are and beat up as we are at some spots. They have done very well against the run and have done some good things in pass rush," Freeze noted. "I am very proud of them.

Woodrow Hamilton
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"We have really cut down on the explosive plays in the run game and that's a credit to the DL. LSU will be another big challenge. They have some special, talented backs, especially the freshman Hill, but he's not the only one. They run one after another at you."

Random Notes:

* With senior Tight End Ferbia Allen out with a torn MCL, the Rebels were working two main tight ends Tuesday - Jamal Mosley and H.R. Greer, both seniors and both players with plenty of experience. "Ferbia was having a really good year and we hate it for him, but we have faith in both Jamal and H.R. It bothers me that Jamal has been struggling with fluid on his knee, but he has played through that every week," said Freeze.

* Apparently, the "beat up" part of the Rebels is not serious, except for Ferbia. While some are not 100%, everyone but CB Wesley Pendleton (ankle) was dressed out today. Freeze expressed concerns Monday about CB Senquez Golson, S Trae Elston, DE C.J. Johnson and DT Woodrow Hamilton. All took at least some full-speed reps Tuesday.

* QB Bo Wallace did not throw much Tuesday due to his nagging shoulder bruise/soreness, but he is expected to play against LSU. "We held him out of most everything. We had Barry Brunetti and Maihkail Miller handle the reps today," said Freeze. "He'll be fine - he wanted to go today, but we are trying to get his arm where it's got more pop to it again. Seems like he has lost a little zip trying to push through the pain he's had. It won't get completely well until we rest it, but maybe we can get it better for this Saturday and through the end of season until we can rest it completely."

* Frosh WR Cody Core had four special teams tackles against Vanderbilt. "I was thrilled. We have been picking at him about being the best looking coverage guy we have, but the least physical. He said he was going to prove he was physical and he did. He made a lot of plays and it was good to see," Hugh noted.

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