Preseason Report 08.12: Offense Responds To Start Week Two
Tony Conner and several newcomers have impressed the Rebel coaches with work ethic this preseason.

Aug. 12, 2013



OXFORD, Miss. –
After a weekend scrimmage that saw the defense set the tone, the offense responded to the challenge on the first day back on the practice field, much to the delight of Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.

“It was a really good day,” Freeze said after Monday morning’s practice. “The offense certainly answered after this weekend’s scrimmage. Dave (Wommack) and them probably don’t feel like it was a good day. The offense created a lot of big plays and scoring plays in the red zone competition. They also won the third down competition. No turnovers and the quarterbacks took care of the ball. It was one of our better days offensively.

“The execution was good coming off a day off and heading into another week of two-a-days,” Freeze said. “Looking back on the scrimmage, you’re never as bad as you thought you were but you’re never as good as you thought you were, either.”

While the offense responded to the challenge put forth by the defensive performance over the weekend, Freeze was also glad to see several players return from injury – notably Issac Gross and Evan Engram. Kailo Moore is expected to return to the field in the evening session.

“Issac (Gross) played all day today, but we’ll hold him tonight and not have him go twice in one day yet,” Freeze said. “Evan (Engram) is back full speed and went the whole practice today. Kailo (Moore) is still going through his doctor’s test, but we expect him to return to the physical part of things tonight.”

While some returned to the field, Freeze noted the importance of others working their way back to health, including junior defensive back Senquez Golson.

“We’re just trying to make sure Senquez (Golson) is well,” Freeze said. “He’s definitely better. The hamstring is something you don’t want to fool with because you can deal with it all year if you don’t get it well.”

Freeze also talked about the progression of the newcomers, pointing out that the work ethic of the group has been impressive and fans could expect to see many get playing time in the opener. The Rebel head coach pointed to the play of Tony Conner, Derrick Jones, Robert Nkemdiche, Bobby Hill, Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Quincy Adeboyejo.

“Our team chemistry has been very good,” Freeze said. “If a player doesn’t know what he’s doing, he has very little chance at success. The last thing we want with the young kids is to put them in a position to not succeed because we haven’t taught it well enough.

“When you’re mixing and matching the newcomers with the veterans, you have to keep working,” Freeze said. “We have to keep making sure the package is one they understand. The thing I’m most excited about is even though many of them were very highly recruited, they’re like sponges. They want to work and get better.”

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 will open at 11:30 a.m.


 

 

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