Rebels Hold Second Scrimmage Of Spring Drills

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Charles Sawyer (Courtesy Josh McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Charles Sawyer (Courtesy Josh McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 14, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – It was a back-and-forth battle between the offense and defense in the second scrimmage of Ole Miss’ spring football drills Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which hosts the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl in just one week.

“It was a slow start offensively, but then, they were excellent,” said first-year head coach Hugh Freeze. “Defense didn’t get the stops down there at the start. Then I thought it was up-and-down from that point forward. We could have done some things offensively to make us look better, but I wanted to try everything that we had scripted.

“There are so many valuable lessons that we need to show them on tape and hopefully get cleaned up before next Saturday.”

Competing for two hours on the warm, sunny morning, Rebel quarterbacks Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace each had their moments, accounting for four touchdowns apiece between red-zone and team drills.

Brunetti rushed for two scores while tossing a pair of 20-yard TDs, one to Ja-Mes Logan and the other to Vince Sanders. Logan also hauled in two touchdown passes from Wallace, who also connected with Terrell Grant for a TD and ran for one score.

“In my gut, I thought Bo probably had a little better day, but Barry had his share of good plays too,” said Freeze, who also noted the progress of his offensive front.

“Our line did get better today on some things,” he said. “On some portions, our line was physical, and their pads were down, at least the first string. I thought they did some good things.”

The Ole Miss defense picked off a pair of passes on the day. JUCO transfer Dehendret Collins collected the first, while junior Charles Sawyer notched a late interception in the end zone. Freeze singled out those two among the bright spots of the secondary this spring.

“We are very thin (in the secondary), but there is some talent there,” Freeze said. “Dehendret has really come on every practice. Wesley Pendleton has had one of the more consistent springs and Sawyer also in that category. We have to get more consistent play out of the other guys back there. Cliff Coleman had a decent week.”

With spring practice wrapping up in seven days at the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl, Freeze said his squad needs to continue to improve mentally but has competed hard these past three weeks.

“I think the buy-in is probably at 80 percent or so,” he said. “We just need more of an understanding of who we are and what we do in these schemes. We have a long way to go in that regard. I think they are starting to understand about taking care of the ball and effort and attitude. I think their effort has been pretty good for the spring.”

Kickoff of next Saturday’s BancorpSouth Grove Bowl is set for 1 p.m. CT with stadium gates opening at noon. CSS will televise the game live.

Available through the athletics ticket office, tickets are $10 general admission, $40 for the southzone club level and free for Ole Miss students, faculty and staff. All proceeds benefit the M-Club's J.W. "Wobble" Davidson Scholarship Fund.

Saturday’s festivities will kick off with tailgating at 10 a.m. in The Grove with food, merchandise and children's games, and at 10:45, the team will tread the traditional Walk of Champions. At 11 a.m. on the Grove stage, Eli Manning headlines a group of Rebel greats set to take part in an awards ceremony and panel discussion on the NFL.

Other events of Grove Bowl Week are the Rebels' Choice Awards Monday at 7 p.m.; a softball doubleheader with Kentucky Wednesday at 4 p.m.; the SEC Women's Tennis Tournament Thursday through Sunday; the Chucky Mullins Award Banquet Thursday at 7 p.m.; a free concert in The Grove with Gavin DeGraw and special guest Craig Morgan Friday at 8:30 p.m. and a baseball weekend series against Arkansas.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Arkansas

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more

    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more

    • Injuries Create Opportunities for Young Players

      Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Football

      With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 10

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 10 - Auburn (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Path To Atlanta: A Little Homecookin'

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Football

      A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 2

      Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. There's a lot on our... read more