Preseason Report 08.03: Rebels Begin Fall Practice

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Quincy Adeboyejo (photo by Joshua McCoy)

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Quincy Adeboyejo (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 3, 2013

Photo Gallery | BLOG: Building Depth At Corner

OXFORD, Miss. - There's an air of excitement in Oxford this weekend as the Ole Miss football team hits the practice fields for the start of the 2013 fall camp.

Hopes are high around Hugh Freeze's program as the Rebels strapped on helmets and hit the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for their second fall workout on Saturday morning.

Freeze and his staff hauled in one of the nation's top recruiting classes in February and are getting their first chance to see those new freshmen line up against the returning players this weekend, as the August 29 season opener at Vanderbilt is less than a month away.

"Quincy (Adeboyejo) had another really good day," said Freeze of the rookie receiver following Saturday's two-plus hour practice. "(Robert) Nkemdiche, (Laremy) Tunsil, (Austin) Golson - guys you expect to get a lot of reps had a chance to stand out a lot more than others. The running backs - between Kailo (Moore), Jordan (Wilkins) and (Mark) Dodson - we've got some good ones."

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top-rated recruit out of high school last year, has immediately caught the eye of the coaches.

"He's physically gifted enough to play, so it's all about can he understand what we're trying to accomplish, what his assignments are," Freeze said. "If he can get that, there's no question he can physically play. (The defensive coaches) better be trying to get him ready."

The Rebels have not been immune to the injury bug, however, as several players are still recovering from existing ailments.

"The biggest concern is how these guys come back from all these injuries," Freeze said. "It's still a concern. C.J. (Johnson), Charles (Sawyer), Issac Gross - those guys we depend on to have a lot of snaps, and they're not with us right now."

Junior receiver Vince Sanders was unable to finish practice Saturday after an injury during one-on-one drills. Senior offensive lineman Pierce Burton was out with a lower back strain, which gave the team's young new linemen a chance to run more snaps.

"It's already started showing that we better develop some depth (at offensive line)," Freeze said.

Ole Miss will practice again on Sunday, which is closed to the public. Fans may attend the team's workouts this Monday through Saturday. Follow @OleMissFB on Twitter for daily updates on practice locations. Visitors to campus on weekdays are reminded to make parking arrangements by going to www.olemiss.edu/parking.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Freeze, Rebels Focused on Auburn Showdown

      Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Football

      Not only will Saturday's matchup between No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Ole Miss feature the first-ever meeting of top-10 team in Oxford, but it will feature half of the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 9

      Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 9 -LSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 20-26, 2014)

      Monday, October 27, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 20-26, 2014Football- Ole Miss took its first loss of the season with a 10-7 defeat to No. 23 LSU in Baton Rouge.- The Rebels held LSU to 10 points and created four turnovers (two... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 26

      Sunday, October 26, 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. I was able to travel... read more

    • Rebels Fall Short in Death Valley

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Football

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ole Miss had its chances. The Ole Miss defense made seven points stand up for the better part of four quarters, forcing four turnovers and limiting LSU to just three points on its first three trips... read more

    • Three and Out: Ole Miss-LSU

      Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-LSU Pregame

      Friday, October 24, 2014 - Football

      Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more

    • Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Football

      Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more