The Ole Miss football team, fresh off the big win over Texas in Austin, is going to take most of this week looking at, and working on, - drum roll - the Rebels. Tuesday was the first "selfie" of the week.

Rebel Coach Hugh Freeze said in Monday's press conference that he would use this open week for a lot of self-examination of the team.

Sure, they will work on the Alabama gameplan some, but the most important task to complete this week is self-analysis - working self-scouting, working fundamentals, working assignments, working special teams hard, working with a couple of new personnel ideas.

He followed that outline to a tee at Tuesday's practice. Call it football's version of a "selfie," looking int he mirror to get a true picture of what this team is and where it needs to head.

"We did a lot of special teams work, some indo, some new things on offense, went good-on-good and Reb Ball and then we went 20 minutes at the end on some gameplan stuff we think we might like to use on both sides of the ball against Alabama," said Freeze. "It was a good day. It was beautiful and the kids had a good attitude. I liked it."

Random Notes:

* Backup QB Barry Brunetti got his shoulder dinged up at Texas, so freshmen QBs Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan got a lot of reps in Tuesday's practice. "We had planned on giving them reps this week regardless," Freeze noted. "Devante worked one period with the ones. He's got a live arm. We are excited about him."

* Freshman Placekicker Andy Pappanastos, who has not been practicing this fall, is still injured. He has a hip problem. The hope is that he will be cleared to practice soon, maybe this week. It is anticipated Pappanastos will redshirt.

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* After chatting with the Ole Miss defensive coaches, they backed up what Freeze said in Monday's presser about the second-half defensive performance against Texas. One called it "as close to flawless as a team can get" in terms of carrying out assignments and being in the right places. They didn't do much differently in the second half - a couple of tweaks and some honing down of the gameplan, but they executed brilliantly, as good, one said, "as we have played defensively since we have been here." If the Rebs can sustain that type of execution and limiting of busts, expect the defense to continue to improve.

* Freshman Safety Derrick Jones, as you learned yesterday, has been moved to cornerback. At 6-2 and about 190 pounds, he has the look of some of the bigger corners the Rebs have faced through the years. The coaches feel he also has the athleticism to handle the position. What does he need? Some more time, we've been told, but so far he's learning quickly. "Everything is new to him, but he's fired up about it. He's a great kid who wants to do whatever he can to help the team," Freeze stated. "I know he is a tremendous athlete. We know he could play WR or safety for us, but we are going to find out if he can handle corner."

* Freeze said yesterday that this week would also be used to rest the hobbling. S Trae Elston (ankle) was not at practice today. . . RT Pierce Burton (ankle) and LT Emmanuel McCray (knee) were both dressed out but neither practiced much, just three-quarter speed drill work without any contact. . . CB Charles Sawyer (shoulder) did practice full speed Tuesday, as did WR Vincent Sanders (collarbone) and Slot Receiver Korvic Neat (knee). Sanders had to keep his distance from his teammates however as he is suffering from a contagious form of pink eye. "He ran a lot and is in good shape. He looks good to me. He'll be ready to go," said Freeze. . . DT Carlton Martin (hamstring) worked some drills but then was relegated to the stationary bike the rest of the workout.

* Word at practice is that OG Patrick Junen is "much closer" to being ready to contribute on the Rebs' somewhat beaten up offensive line. The thought process is that he will be ready for the Alabama game if this week goes well. Junen practiced today and took part in almost every drill, even some that included contact.

* DT Lavon Hooks is being looked at this week on the offensive line and at tight end. The coaches want to experiment with more bulk and pop as Alabama approaches. The coaches are going to turn over every rock personnel-wise - we learned that last year. This year is no different and Lavon gives the OL or as a situational TE a big, athletic body to plug in depending on how much he learns and how quickly.

* There are two players that this hack can't wait to see in spring ball. DE Fadol Brown and Safety Anthony Alford, both sitting out due to transfer rules. Both are pulling scout team duty during the season and both have the "look" coaches search for at those positions. Here's a hunch they will both make a spring impact when they know they are vying for playing time.

* Freeze said the reaction he has gotten from recruits from the Texas win has been "very good." They hit the ground running last night on recruiting. "We made a lot of calls last night and will make more tonight," he added. "We are sending Jason Jones and Tom Allen to Texas tomorrow. They'll have a little more pep in their step when they walk in those schools, for sure. We are going to use 12 of our 42 evaluation days this week. We'll have a bunch of folks out this week while we have a chance during this open week."

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