Mental Day

Even though the Rebels were in full gear at Wednesday's practice, there was very little contact work in this open week practice. It was more mental work in nature. . . Freeze comments on new recruiting legislation passed today.

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze stuck to his open week plan of having short practices with very little contact on the practice fields Wednesday.

"We got some work done, but it was more about doing things correctly," said Freeze. "We spent about half the practice doing a walk-through and we kept a bunch of kids with nagging injuries inside.

"We just went through some defensive fits and reps on offense to make sure we understand the packages we want to run next week. The quarterbacks got to throw a lot of skelly, which was good and we went through some special teams situations that haven't popped up yet that we haven't worked on in a while."

Freeze dismissed over half his staff to go recruiting midway through the workout.

"We need to be on the road recruiting and it's the time of the year when we need to get our kids healthy for the stretch run," he noted.

New recruiting legislation was passed today by the NCAA. Freeze was in favor of all of the five of the rules adopted.

* On a 14-day dead period in late June and early July and a dead period from December 16-January 15th.

Hugh Freeze
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"I voted yes for both dead period proposals. I actually wanted a longer one - three weeks - in the summer," said Freeze. "I'm all for it. Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood and we go after it as hard as anyone, but I do think families suffer sometimes. Families of recruits get tired of it too. Nobody is bad at recruiting and we are all so persistent that recruits and their families get worn out.

"To have periods where it is shut down will keep everyone a little fresher, us and the recruits. In the summer, it had gotten really bad because there was always someone wanting to come visit and coaches could not get away. We all need down time."

* On eight hours a week of preparations required, including two hours a week of film preparation.

"This allows us to hold kids more accountable on things that I think really matter - academics, social things or issue that may arise. We now have some freedom to be with them and hold them accountable. That is very needed," he noted.

* On not being able to attend all-star games.

"I voted for that too. Kids and their families should be able to enjoy an all-star experience without being bombarded by college coaches," Freeze added. "Out of respect for them, I think this is a very good rule. We need to let those families and kids enjoy their time there and not be inundated by college coaches."

* Allow schools to pay for meals for up to four family members on an official visit.

"We could pay for paretns before, but it made no sense to not be able to pay for a sister or brother or immediate family member," Freeze explained. "I voted for all five of the rules that were passed."

Random Notes:

* Freshman DE Robert Nkemdiche has not put on pads since the Texas A&M game with a pulled hamstring. You'll be pleased to learn Nkemdiche not only ran sprints yesterday and today, he worked bag drills on Wednesday with a lot of cutting, stopping and starting involved and he looked pain free. He will not dress out this week in practice, but it looks good in regards to him being able to come back next week in preparation for the Arkansas game.

* Also held out of practice were CB Mike Hilton, S Cody Prewitt, P Tyler Campbell, DT Issac Gross, LB Mike Marry, LB Denzel Nkemdiche, DE Carlos Thompson, QB Bo Wallace and DE Fadol Brown. All, with the exception of Thompson, are expected back for next week's practices. There is still some question on one or two, but signs are favorable they will return.

* TB Jeff Scott practiced again Wednesday and looked like he was running even better than he was on Tuesday. He is expected to be in the fold full speed next week.

* The Rebels will have another light practice on Thursday and then take Friday and Saturday off before Sunday's normal practice. Freeze said Sunday's workout will be a bit more intense than usual Sunday-get-the-soreness-out workouts so the team can get a jump on Arkansas preparations.

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