Preseason Report 08.11: Freeze Pleased With Ole Miss As Camp Nears Midway Point

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM The Rebels continue fall camp in preparation for the season opener on Aug. 28 vs. Boise State.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
The Rebels continue fall camp in preparation for the season opener on Aug. 28 vs. Boise State.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 11, 2014

BLOG: Looking at CB, OL, WR and RB Depth

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss football team took to the indoor practice field at the Manning Center on Monday as it continued preparations for the season opener against Boise State on Aug, 28 in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Head coach Hugh Freeze commented on the state of the team heading into the 2014 season, while also sharing thoughts on camp to this point.

"I love our energy and I love where we are heading," said Freeze. "I've said that all along. We're a better football team than we were the last two years. Hopefully, we can remain healthy throughout the remainder of camp and get ready to play Boise State. I love what I see and I think our leadership is improved. We're definitely deeper and we're excited about getting it going."

When asked about his thoughts specifically on fall camp, Freeze expressed that it's been a fairly normal camp.

"You're disappointed with some, frustrated with some and elated with some," said Freeze. "There were parts of practice today that I just loved. I thought the competitive nature and the way they got after each other in some of the team drills was really good to see. There were other parts where we made too many mental mistakes or had a drop here. We have to execute better but it's been a good camp so far."

The head coach also discussed a little bit about the competition at running back, specifically talking about Mark Dodson and what he brings to the position.

"I'm pleased with all the running backs," said Freeze. "I think that's a place that with the depth and quality people, that I'm not afraid to play any of them at this point. Dodson's just like the rest of them, some do some things better, but I wouldn't be afraid to play any of them at this point. He's physical and runs with great balance and finishes with good pad level," said Freeze. "He takes care of the football when he runs it and his pass protection is pretty decent. He measures up quite well with the rest of the backs."

In terms of order at the position, Freeze doesn't have a set order at this point, but acknowledged that I'Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton would likely be at No. 1 given their experience, but also said there are quality players at the position.

While talking about the depth he has at running back, Freeze also talked about the lack of depth in the offensive line and receiver positions.

"We've still got a ways to go with the offensive line," said Freeze. "We tried some more combinations today. Rod (Taylor) moved out to tackle and we moved Sean (Rawlings) out to tackle. Carlton (Martin) moved inside with Daronte (Bouldin) and the others that have been playing inside. We'll watch the tape and see how they did."

Freeze also talked a little about the receiver position.

"I wish we were deeper there," said Freeze. "Like I've said all along, at offensive line, tight end and receiver, we have some depth issues. We need to stay healthy. Some of those young kids, Sammie Epps and Markell Pack will be good players, but will they be ready Aug. 28? That's a good question and I don't know that answer."

Coach also addressed the injury to Tee Shepard.

"He's still out and I don't know much more," said Freeze. "They told me this morning that we have to FedEx everything to Birmingham and it will probably be tomorrow before they get a chance to read it. I'm always optimistic but this is something that I'm not real familiar with. It's a tendon on the bottom of his big toe that if it's completely torn it needs surgery, but if not there have been some that have played and gotten it fixed in the offseason. We'll just have to wait and see what they tell us."

The Rebels open the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28 when they take on Boise State in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).


Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB) and Facebook (Facebook.com/OleMissFootball), in addition to www.OleMissSports.com.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 15-21, 2014)

      Monday, December 22, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Dec. 15-21, 2014 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina 71-68 Thursday night. - Senior LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points including a career-best 6 3-pointers... read more

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

      Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Athletics

      The students were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House presses on, as the football team moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more

    • Wallace Looks to Make More History

      Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Football

      Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games.  Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more

    • Rebels Ink Nation's Top JUCO Quarterback

      Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Football

      Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 8-14, 2014)

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more

    • Recapping Monday's Media Opportunities

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 14

      Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Athletics

      With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Volleyball Season Highlight

      Friday, December 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight

      Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 1-7, 2014)

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more

    • Testing One, Two, Three

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Academics

      While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 7

      Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Athletics

      In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 13

      Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 13 - MSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rebels Finding a Rhythm after Trip to Florida

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -

      Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more

    • Bjork, Freeze Reach Agreement on New Contract

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Football

      Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more