Preseason Report 08.07: First Two-A-Day

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM The Rebels are expecting a great year from sophomore Trae Elston, head coach Hugh Freeze said.
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The Rebels are expecting a great year from sophomore Trae Elston, head coach Hugh Freeze said.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 7, 2013

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OXFORD, Miss. – On a warm, sunny Wednesday at the Ole Miss practice fields, the Rebels used competition and physicality to pace them in their first two-practice day of the preseason.

The morning workout was a physical one, and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze conceded he didn’t feel great about it, though there was good competition amongst the team.

“The offense won their share and the defense won their share,” Freeze said. “But boy, it just didn’t seem like the zeal and the passion was there that we need. I understand that, it’s that point in camp, but great teams find a way to have great practices.”

The team took part in 11-on-11 drills multiple times throughout the morning. The competitive juices were flowing and created an atmosphere Freeze said they are looking to replicate as much as they can.

“I want to see how they compete,” Freeze said. “In the first competition, the defense had a little adversity for the first time. That’s reality. That’s what you’re going to have in games and how you handle that – staying composed – is important. We’re trying to create those environments as much as we can.”

When asked about the play of sophomore defensive back Trae Elston, Freeze gave the 2012 SEC All-Freshman high marks. Elston played in a dozen games as a freshman last season, recording 32 solo tackles and 61 total tackles, as well as a fumble recovery.

“(He’s been) solid,” Freeze said. “Trae’s really athletic, really solid. We expect him to have a great year. He got his nose bloodied a little bit last year as a true freshman. He got a lot of experience and hopefully he has a great year.”

The Rebels return to the practice field Thursday at 10 a.m. One workout per day will continue to be open to the public through Saturday (Aug. 10), and daily updates of practice times and locations will be available on Twitter at @OleMissFB.

Cell phone and camera usage is strictly prohibited at practice, and fans should stay behind the red line and not walk or stand between the fields. Visitors to campus on weekdays are reminded to make parking arrangements by going to www.olemiss.edu/parking.

Fans should mark their calendars for the annual Meet The Rebels Day presented by Community Trust Bank, Aug. 17 at the Indoor Practice Facility. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

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