Freeze Talks Tunsil, More
“We’re excited to get a great test from Fresno. From being out there at San Jose for a short stint, I know the pride those guys take in preparing to play games, particularly against Power 5 conferences. I know the athletes that they have, and I know coach (Tim) DeRuyter pretty well. He’s a really, really talented coach and will have his team really ready to play. They present a lot of problems with their tempo and the way they spread you out across the field, and then defensively with their multiple looks. I’m hesitant to say I know much about our team yet. We’ll find out a lot more. We got hit with some bad news yesterday losing one of our best players in Issac Gross for the year. Heart goes out to him, and we’ve got to do some juggling to replace him, for sure. We’ll miss in a game like this because of his pass-rushing ability in the interior.”
Any update on Laremy Tunsil?
“There’s no update. It’s just the ongoing process that I’m hopeful will wind up soon. I don’t even think about the possibilities of this week or next week. I trust in the people that are involved in it and sure hope that they get it right for the young man and our program. I try not to think about what we will happen this week or next week, I just want to prepare the kids we have.”
Does Tunsil still practice with the team?
“He still practices, yes. We have a little rotation we go through. Sometimes with the twos, sometimes he gets a break.”
Any conversations with NCAA?
“Not in regards to Laremy, no.”
On the quarterbacks:
“There’s still competition. I thought all three played well (against UT-Martin). I think this week will help us see things more clearly as we head into next week. I like what I’m seeing out of all three right now.”
On Auburn center and former Ole Miss OL Austin Golson:
“That would probably be a question for coach (Gus) Malzahn. I haven’t been in contact with him. I wish him the best, and I hope he does well there.”
Can you expand on Golson?
“I wish him the best.”
How long have you had the Robert Nkemdiche pass in your back pocket?
“We’ve worked it for a couple of weeks, I guess. We have different packages for short-yardage situations, and that’s one of them. We wanted to get on film it’s more than him just blocking, for sure. He proved he was quite capable of making that play. Happy it worked that way, particularly that his mom was there. She hasn’t been able to be back in the States for a game since his freshman year. That was a good day for her.”
More on Nkemdiche:
“He can run. If you want to put him in a 20-yard spring, a 30-yard sprint, he’s pretty good. I don’t know how much he’d be after that, but he looked daunting going down the sideline. Almost stepped out of bounds; I harassed him about that a little bit. We hadn’t worked the technique on that yet.”
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