Preseason Report 08.07: Ole Miss to Open Practice Saturday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM The Rebels will hold an open practice at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
The Rebels will hold an open practice at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 7, 2014

BLOG: Center, Right Tackle Position Battles to Watch | Photo Gallery

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss football team will hold its only open practice of fall camp Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Suggested parking locations for fans include the lots surrounding the north and east sides of the stadium, as well as the parking lot behind the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex off Manning Way. Gates 13-16 on the northeast side of the stadium will be open for fans to enter through.

Fans will be allowed to sit on the east side of the stadium, and restrooms along the lower east side of the stadium will be available. If practice has to be moved inside due to weather it will be closed to the public.

On yet another beautiful, sunny Thursday morning on the Ole Miss football practice fields, the Rebels put in more hard work in preparation for the upcoming season, their third under the leadership of head coach Hugh Freeze.

“We had another beautiful day, nice breeze, but unfortunately we just tried to endure it instead of embrace the day,” Freeze said. “I know it’s practice seven and eight today, but if we want to go from good to great we have to embrace each day and certainly give great effort. There were some good things, it wasn’t all bad, but the way we finished practice was certainly like we were trying to get through it instead of embrace it. We’ll get back after it tonight in our first two-a-day. The leadership in our locker room, I’ve said all along, how far we go will largely depend on that. We’ll challenge them to get back out and I know they’ll respond.”

Among those leaders Freeze singled out were C.J. Johnson, Cody Prewitt, Deterrian Shackelford, Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Bo Wallace.

“We have some good ones, they just haven’t been thrust in that role a lot with the exception of maybe (Deterrian),” Freeze said. “At the end of the day, each kid has to be responsible, each coach has to be responsible and each manager has to be responsible for the effort they give. You can’t be perfect in all your things, but you can have perfect effort and that’s what we’re trying to get accomplished right now.”

Much of the talk during the preseason has centered, no pun intended, on the offensive line, its depth, and who fits in where. At center, sophomore Robert Conyers and junior Ben Still are battling in camp for starting responsibilities following the graduation of Evan Swindall from a year ago.

“I’m pleased with Ben and Robert,” Freeze said. “When you’re blocking some of the guys we’re blocking – Robert (Nkemdiche) is a tough block. … But mentally they pick it up very well. I’ve been pleased with the snaps. We’ve had very few that have thrown our timing off. The effort those two guys give. They fit with us. We’re going to be OK there.”

Freeze also talked Thursday about the right tackle position, where four different players, including Conyers, are neck and neck in hopes of replacing Pierce Burton, who graduated following the 2013 campaign.

“Fahn (Cooper) has definitely come on the last few days,” Freeze said. “Robert (Conyers) is getting reps over there, as is (Craig) Frigo and Rod Taylor. We’re kind of doing that by committee, but it looks like Fahn is kind of emerging. Robert looked good there too. Fahn is coming on now that he has a better understanding.”

Similar to the offensive line, the Rebels have more position battles going on in their special teams unit, specifically at punter and PAT/field goals.

“(Will) Gleeson is in the lead punting, but Gary (Wunderlich) can really hit it now,” Freeze said. “Gary has a strong leg, but Gleeson gives us some options where we can do some out-of-the-box stuff in punting. PAT/field goals, we’re charting them and they’re all about even – Gary, (Andrew) Fletcher and Andy (Pappanastos). I love the height Gary and Andy are getting on theirs. That one is going to be a good battle. Nathan (Noble) is going to handle the kickoffs it looks like, but Gary can do that also.”

For all Ole Miss Football news and information, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissFB, and on Facebook (Facebook.com/OleMissFootball), in addition to OleMissSports.com.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 22-28)

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more

    • PHOTOS: Week-Long Timeline of Powder Blues

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Football

      1. Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM @CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2. Wed 9/24 at 4PM @OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more

    • Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 10 A&M

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Soccer

      Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more

    • Defense Honors Mullins with Dominant Effort

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Memphis Motivational

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

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

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Memphis

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense.  Senior quarterback Bo... read more

    • Rebels Rebound with Hard-Fought Draw

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Soccer

      Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.  The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze Stresses Focus, Attention Ahead of Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more

    • Memphis Not Fazed by Big Stage

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Football

      Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 15-21)

      Monday, September 22, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 15-21, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss went 4-0 to capture the Rebel Classic and improve to 14-0 on the season.- Through four weeks of the season, the Rebels have equaled last year's win total (14-17).- Sophomore... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 21

      Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the fourth installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more

    • Rebels Finish Non-Conference on High Note

      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Volleyball

      The Ole Miss Volleyball team remained undefeated at 14-0 and matched last year's win total with a 4-0 weekend at the Rebel Classic capped by wins over Lamar (3-0) and Jackson State (3-1) Saturday. The last three sets against Jackson... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 4

      Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 4 - ULL (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 2 and The Season: Ole Miss... read more