"We need to get College GameDay to The Grove." -@CoachHughFreeze-- College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) July 21, 2014
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze sat down with ESPN's Ivan Maisel for his podcast to discuss the upcoming season. Here are a few highlights from Freeze:
On Robert Nkemdiche at defensive tackle:
Robert stays about the same. He's at about 295 pounds. He fluctuates from 295-305 pounds. I have never seen a 295-pound man built like him. He has a six pack at 295 pounds. He's a special athlete, and we're excited. That's where he belongs long-term for his NFL career, if he stays healthy. We think he can be dominant inside. We will go to some 3-4 stuff, too, where he moves out some, but he will primarily be an inside guy.
More on Robert Nkemdiche:
Throughout the recruiting process, we always thought he would move inside. In the bowl game, he played inside the whole game and had his best game of the year by far. He was so active and disruptive against Georgia Tech in the bowl game.
On Laquon Treadwell and his ability and willingness to block:
It's very unusual in a young player. There are not many high school receivers who come in with the mentality that blocking is very important to them. Coaches will always tell them that, but for the kid to grasp that it's an important role for them on the team is not the norm. We could make a cut-up reel right now of his blocking last year that is absolutely way beyond a freshman in maturity. He will inspire those other receivers to block also. He enjoy it. He loves it. He gets a kick out of it. And he has gained some weight. He has gained another 10-15 pounds and will definitely be a great blocker for us.
More on Treadwell:
He's now moved back outside. He will play the outside guy where Donte (Moncrief) was last year. He should see more explosive plays. He had some, but in our stuff, he probably didn't get asked to do that a lot last year, but he will this year.
On cyclical world of college football and lack of star quality in the Southeastern Conference:
I don't (think the SEC takes a step back). If you just look at the way all of us have recruited, if the recruiting services are close to being right, there are a lot of players who are going to be on the field who we don't know about. Right now, there's not the star power that there has been the last couple of year, but it will be back very soon.
Overriding theme from @CoachHughFreeze about Ole Miss in 2014: It's time to compete for championships. Enough SEC-level talent in program.-- Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 21, 2014
. @CoachHughFreeze said next step for DL Robert Nkemdiche is to "dominate." Nkemdiche must defeat single-blockers at least 70% of time.-- Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 21, 2014
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoop and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze discuss the state of the SEC on College Football Live. Here a few highlights from Freeze:
"We're a unique staff that has a core values that attracts a certain type of kid. We had the early opportunity to play for us because of what we inherited when we got there. Kids are drawn to that. And if you ever get a kid on our campus, we have a chance. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, and our facilities have been upgraded to be top notch. They see the passion and love we have for what we do there. Hopefully, it transcended into helping them become the type of men they need to be in life."
"I'm determined that I won't let pressure definite how we go about doing things. I do know that we're good enough now to be relevant in the SEC West. What that means in the win-loss column, I have no idea, because no one is backing up, but we closed the gap to where we should in the factors of who wins this league."
Hugh Freeze said Robert Nkemdiche will play at 285 this year. Came to Ole Miss around 300. Laquon Treadwell has gained 12-15 pounds.-- Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 21, 2014
Hugh Freeze not backing down from expectations: For us to be relevant in the SEC West. I believe we're in a position now that we should be.-- Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 21, 2014
Freeze feels good about Ole Miss' depth with the exception of offensive line, receiver and tight end.-- Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 21, 2014