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Hugh Freeze talks return of Laremy Tunsil, improving injury situation

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze has locked down practice this week as the Memphis game in Memphis approaches, but he met with the media Tuesday after the normal practice and discussed getting an answer on LT Laremy Tunsil and the progress of the walking wounded.

When the news came down last night that Ole Miss Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil, being held out while the NCAA invesitgated him, would be available for the eighth game of the year - Texas A&M in Oxford, Rebel Coach Hugh Freeze felt a sense of relief.

"I am very relieved. Any time you have things going on in your program that you have zero control over, it is not the most comfortable feeling and that one seemed to go on for a long, long time. Also, we weren't sure what the outcome was going to be. We are very relieved to get the answer, move on and get him ready to play in two weeks," Freeze noted. "We think the whole thing is done now, so we are just happy to move forward. 

"Laremy is relieved as well. It was very stressful for him, but he is fine now. We never let it become a distraction - we handled it well as a staff and team. I think we did a good job of that, but it was always hovering over us. I'm glad it is over.”

Laremy worked some of Tuesday with the second team and then did a lot of conditioning work with the strength staff the rest of practice.

"I think he is in decent shape. I would hope in his first game we can get 50-60 snaps out of him," Freeze noted, "but we feel better now about our tackle situation with Sean Rawlings having six, and soon to be seven, games under his belt. Our depth got better. I also think this resolution was a shot in the arm for our team - we are close and we rejoice in good news together. A lot of LT's teammates were tweeting about him last night.It was good to see." 

Freeze turned his attention to injuries. He was asked about Husky Tony Conner because he made some comments on his Reb Talk radio show last night that left some confusion about the situation.

"We won't know anything for another week or so. I didn't mean to sound pessimistic last night, but I am concerned," he said. "I am concerned the temporary fix will not be good enough for him to perform this year, but maybe it will be. We will just have to wait and see. I'm not a doctor, it could turn tomorrow, but I think the Texas A&M game would be a stretch for him to be available.”

Middle Linebacker C.J. Johnson?

"He feels very good where he is in his rehab right now, so that's a good thing," Hugh said. "Meanwhile, Terry Caldwell and Christian Russell will hold down the fort.”

Center Robert Conyers (knee) will be put on a two-day-a-week practice regimen for the time being.

"We need to manage how much stress we put on his knee during the week," Hugh noted. "Justin Bell, Jaylen Walton and DeMore'ea Stringfellow are all ready to go. We held out Evan (Engram) today, but we think he will go Saturday. He had a shin and slight quad issue, but we are confident he will be OK with some rest. D.J. Jones is going through concussion protocol with Thursday being the first day he can practice, if things goes well. We anticipate he will be ready for the Memphis game."

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