Preseason Report 08.09: Offense, Defense Battle Friday

Laquon Treadwell and the Rebel offense responded on Friday in the first of two practice sessions.

Laquon Treadwell and the Rebel offense responded on Friday in the first of two practice sessions.

Aug. 9, 2013

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OXFORD, Miss. –
The defense set the tone early, but the offense stepped up its game to match the intensity down the stretch as the Ole Miss football team continued preseason workouts Friday morning on the practice fields outside of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

It was the second two-practice day of the fall, as the Rebels took in a light workout in the evening. The players trained without pads in the Indoor Practice Facility.

In the morning, the defensive unit dictated the pace early, but head coach Hugh Freeze noted he was pleased to see the offense step up to the challenge and match the intensity through the end of the practice.

“You can’t take a day off just because it’s camp time,” Freeze said.

The effort of the defense was high, but the Rebel head coach wants to see his team improve on fundamentals, especially as the day progresses.

“Defensively, I want us to continue to pursue the ball like crazy, but we need to be more sound,” Freeze said. “They’ve been pursuing like crazy and I don’t have any complaints about that, but we need to be sounder in all that we do. We’re giving up some cheap stuff when we get a little tired – some easy throws and catches that resulted in some nice plays (for the offense).”

On the offensive side of the ball, the play of some wide receivers caught the eye of Freeze – specifically that of Laquon Treadwell and Quincy Adeboyejo.

“(Laquon) is just getting more comfortable,” Freeze said. “He and Quincy are starting to understand things a bit more. The more comfortable they get, the faster they can play. They’re both seeing how vital they can be for us and where they fit into things.

“(Treadwell) is so physically strong and is a good learner. The first few days I think he experienced some nerves and anxiousness, but I think his hands are better than all of us thought.”

More players may get some work at cornerback to help bolster the defense, with Freeze mentioning that junior Cliff Coleman could see more work at the position, while sophomore Anthony Standifer continues to play well.

“I’m still concerned because we’re a little shallow there,” Freeze said of his defensive backs. “We need to get Charles (Sawyer) and Senquez (Golson) back. You have to have depth. We may have to consider getting Cliff out there a lot more. Anthony has had a good week and I really like his length, particularly in the red zone. We’ve made some progress, but we’re still giving up some plays there.”

Saturday’s scrimmage at 12:15 p.m. will be the final practice open to the public this preseason. The Rebels will train in the stadium, and fans should enter through the west gates. Cell phone and camera usage is strictly prohibited at practice.

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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