Spring Practice Report 04.08

Cody Core

April 8, 2013

2013 Spring Practice Schedule

OXFORD, Miss. – With spring clearly in the air and Monday morning temperatures hovering around 60, the Ole Miss football team worked outside on the practice fields sitting below Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with the energy the Rebels brought Monday as they began their final week of practices before the 2013 BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. Freeze also said he liked the way they responded to a Monday morning after a physical Saturday scrimmage.

“I love being outside,” Freeze said. “I didn’t think about that when we decided to do early mornings. We’ve had such a cold, rainy spring that you certainly don’t want to come out when you can go in a beautiful indoor (facility) like we have. But the first chance we got (to come out), you see where we are. It’s good to be out here.”

Leaving Saturday’s scrimmage, Freeze said the Rebel offense showed better energy than the defense and moved the ball. After reviewing film of the scrimmage, his feelings were much the same.

“There were some nice bright spots offensively and the quarterbacks did better,” Freeze said. “It makes us different when we put them live, too. It kind of adds another dimension to us. I didn’t think there was a lot of loafing on the defensive side, they just didn’t play quite as fundamentally sound as they did Friday.”

With just two more practices Wednesday and Friday before the Grove Bowl, Freeze addressed what he was looking to see in this week’s remaining practices, which on offense would include cutting out negative plays.

“This week, let’s cut out the negative plays,” Freeze said. “I’ll be curious to see how many we had today, but sometimes that’s a little difficult because they’re doing a lot of things defensively, and we’re playing in that second offensive line some kids who are brand new to this. And we have some injuries up there that are causing some difficulty.

“Then defensively, cut out the big plays and the penalties,” Freeze continued. “We had too many penalties Saturday in the scrimmage.”

Wednesday’s practice will be in full pads, while Friday’s practice will be a brief, non-contact walk through. Both practices are scheduled for 8 a.m. The Rebels will then suit up for the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Admission to the game is free this year, and the game will be televised live by CSS.

For an updated schedule of practice times and locations, please refer to the 2013 Spring Practice Schedule button located on the left side of the OleMissSports.com football home page. All information is tentative and subject to change.

All spring practices are open to the public. Use of cell phones and cameras are prohibited for fans at practice, and fans must remain in the designated area. Fans are not allowed between the practice fields.

Among the festivities surrounding BancorpSouth Grove Bowl week is Saturday morning's Chucky Mullins Award Ceremony, which will be a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Jackson Avenue Center (old Wal-Mart building). Tickets are now available for the event by visiting the OleMissSports.com ticket site or calling 888-REB-TKTS.

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