Preseason Report 08.06: Install Mode Continues

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Collins Moore (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Collins Moore (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 6, 2012

Video

OXFORD, Miss. - Temperatures were in the 80s, but the air was stiflingly thick with the Mississippi summertime humidity as the Ole Miss football team continued the first week of preseason drills on Monday morning.

Rebel players donned shells (helmets, shoulder pads and thigh pads) for the two-hour session. They are scheduled to strap on full pads for the first time on Tuesday morning.

"We had a better day," first-year head coach Hugh Freeze said. "We're starting to get some different things in that will help us offensively. It was good to see us put a couple of things in and some tempo that got us some touchdowns on the board there at the end of practice.

"We're still so inconsistent and fighting what I call the `mental bug' of being tough when the things get tougher. We've got to toughen up. When things start to slide, you've got to fight back even harder."

Freeze said the running game, which includes freshmen tailbacks I'Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton, continues to improve as the coaching staff installs new plays at each practice.

"We're in install mode for the first seven days," Freeze said. "(The newcomers) are going to have some mistakes because we're adding things every single day. The walk-throughs at night are really helping us."

The first week has seen a couple of key returners sidelined with injuries in sophomore receiver Collins Moore and junior defensive back Charles Sawyer.

Freeze said Monday that Moore has a torn labrum, which team doctors and trainers will rehab and see what happens. He said that Sawyer tore his quad muscle and will likely be out for 4-6 weeks.

Receivers Philander Moore, Korvic Neat and Tobias Singleton are expected to help fill the void left by Moore.

The coaching staff has seen good things out of a pair of true freshman defensive backs, who will be needed to provide depth especially with Sawyer sidelined for the next few weeks.

"We're very excited about Quintavius (Burdette) and (Trae) Elston. They're going to have to play," Freeze said. "I think they're going to be good ones. How good they'll be as true freshmen, I don't know. But I love them both."

The Rebels' season opener is Sept. 1 against Central Arkansas (6 p.m. kickoff).

All Saturday practices are open to the public, including the 9:45 a.m. workout on August 11. All other practices are closed to the public. Meet The Rebels Day activities are set for August 18 at the Indoor Practice Facility.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • 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

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Defense, Tennessee

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more

    • VIDEO: Studio 18 Live 10.15.14

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • VIDEO: 'Can't Be Denied' Hype Video

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Bo Wallace on The Dan Patrick Show

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Game-Manager Bo

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it.  Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 6-12)

      Monday, October 13, 2014 - Rifle

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more