Preseason Report 08.13: Rebels Prep for Final Scrimmage

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Aug. 13, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss football team held a walk-through Wednesday morning on the field inside the Manning Center in advance of its second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night.

Head coach Hugh Freeze said he is looking for the Rebels to improve from their first scrimmage held last Saturday.

“Execution on both sides is the number one thing,” Freeze said. “Offensively, the absence of negative plays and take care of the football. Defensively, we need to play with great passion and create take always. Early in camp you are trying to install your plan and there were some bad looks. Tonight will be different. We need our guys to be prepared to say this is a bad look and we don’t need to run this play. Hopefully that will cut down on the negative plays we saw the first time.

Freeze noted tonight will be the team’s final full scrimmage, as the Rebels will begin game prep for Boise State Sunday.

 

 “You worry about injuries this time of the year,” Freeze said. “You are just trying to get your team to the first game of the year, and you take your chances not tackling as well because you have not practiced it as much. We have tried to teach our kids to practice safely, but go hard. It is a fine line. We have some kids that we need to be healthy and ready to go.” 

Freeze also updated the status of cornerback Tee Shepard, who injured his foot last week.

"We are getting different opinions, but it doesn't look good," Freeze said. "It is a rare injury that he could try to push through and get fixed after the season. However, there is the chance that scar tissue could form and affect him long term. We certainly think he has a career in football and we want to do everything we can to preserve that career. The final decision has not been made; we are waiting on one final opinion from one of the top doctors that deals with this injury every day, but right not it doesn't look promising."

In spite of Shepard's absent, Freeze said he feels good about the Rebels' depth at cornerback.

"Mike (Hilton) will play corner some," Freeze said. "He has great football knowledge and can play both huskie and corner. Senquez (Golson), Derrick (Jones), Carlos (Davis) and Cliff (Coleman) will all help us at corner. We think Kendarius Webster is going to be a really good player. We hate that this happened to Tee (Shepard), but we certainly feel better about our depth than we were the last two years."

Football coaches and players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans Saturday at the annual "Meet The Rebels Day" Presented By Cannon Motors. Doors will open to Rebel Kids' Club Members (with up to two parents or guardians) at 11:30 a.m., at the east entrance of the facility, by the Grill at 1810. The general public may enter at noon through the south entrance, which faces the Track & Field complex. All fans should park in the Coliseum lot.

To enroll a child in the Rebel Kids' Club, visit www.RebelKidsClub.com.

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