Preseason Report 08.10: Rebels Prepare For First Scrimmage

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Junior quarterback Barry Brunetti had his best day of camp thus far, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Junior quarterback Barry Brunetti had his best day of camp thus far, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 10, 2012

Video

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze likes to divide fall camp into segments. With the first, and hardest, segment of fall camp ending Saturday with the team’s first scrimmage at 9:45 a.m. on the team’s practice field, the first-year head coach is looking for who he can play in games when the season kicks off – not where they’re listed on the depth chart.

Freeze and Rebel football fans will get a glimpse of just that Saturday, with the first scrimmage being open to the public.

One player who stood out in Freeze’s eyes during Friday’s morning practice was junior quarterback Barry Brunetti. Freeze said it was the Memphis, Tenn., native’s best day in camp thus far, attributing his performance to film study, repetitions, better protection and his work with Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner.

“I thought it was his best day, no doubt,” Freeze said. “I thought Barry had the best day of the quarterbacks, and it was his best day thus far in camp.”

With that said, Freeze still believes it’s far too early to put much stock into the depth chart and where players’ positioning on it lay, adding that after Saturday’s scrimmage would be the first time they discussed the depth chart.

“I still think it’s too early,” Freeze said. “We still have some kids coming on in the second group and we’re going to need them. I really could care less who’s listed as first team. I want to know who can play on Saturdays.”

Friday marked Ole Miss’ second consecutive two-a-day practice schedule. Freeze said Friday’s afternoon session would be more geared toward the young players, with the first and second units getting a little break before Saturday’s scrimmage.

The Ole Miss coaching staff has stopped adding plays into the playbook at this point, and Freeze said he has been pleased with the team’s energy in practice, on and off the field.

“You never are where you want to be, but I do think we have gotten the most out of the time we’ve had,” Freeze said. “I think we’ve only had one day, really, where I felt the kids didn’t bring good energy to the field. That’s all we can ask of them. They’re bringing us good effort and energy, they’re doing what we ask of them in the film study, in the walkthroughs and the weight room.”

The focus at Saturday’s scrimmage with the Southeastern Conference officiating crew will be as few penalties as possible, and not giving up big plays, Freeze said.

“We’d like to see us penalty-free for the most part, and take care of the football,” Freeze said. “(We want to) stay on schedule offensively, and defensively, be sound. They do so much that right now some of the back end is getting a little confused and it results in some big plays. We’d like to see them tackle a little better and not give up big plays tomorrow.”

Use of cellular phones and cameras at Saturday’s scrimmage are prohibited, and fans must remain in the designated area and are not allowed between the practice fields.

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
    • Volleyball Keeps NCAA Tournament Hopes Alive

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Volleyball

      The goal from day one for head coach Steven McRoberts was to lead Ole Miss to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2010.  Entering the team's final two matches, McRoberts said he felt as though they were... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 12

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 12 - Arkansas (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wommack, Rebels Prep for Prescott

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Football

      Battling injury, junior quarterback Dak Prescott came off the bench and helped rally Mississippi State to a come-from-behind 17-10 win in last year's Egg Bowl. He led a drive that ended with the game-tying field goal at 10-10 and then... read more

    • Rebels Not Lacking Motivation in Rivalry Matchup

      Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze called the Egg Bowl the most prized possession of this university's football program, and getting the Egg Bowl back should be enough motivation for his team entering Saturday's game against Mississippi State.  An Independence, Mississippi, native,... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 17-23, 2014)

      Monday, November 24, 2014 -

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 17-23, 2014Men's Basketball- Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with wins over Southern University and Northern Arizona as part of the Emerald Coast Classic, improving to 3-1 on the season.- Ole Miss... read more

    • Golson Named Finalist for Conerly Trophy

      Monday, November 24, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson, one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award, which honors the national defensive player of the year, will represent Ole Miss as one of 10 finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which honors the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 23

      Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Athletics

      It's that busy time of the year with the Ole Miss football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball teams all in action. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was in Ole Miss sports:- A slow start (17-0... read more

    • Rebels Unable to Overcome Slow Start

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Arkansas

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more

    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more