Preseason Report 08.18: Ole Miss Begins Preparation for Boise State

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Hugh Freeze said linebacker Christian Russell had an outstanding day Monday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Head coach Hugh Freeze said linebacker Christian Russell had an outstanding day Monday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 18, 2014

BLOG: Wallace: 'It's My Offense'

OXFORD, Miss. – With raining coming down hard outside, the Ole Miss football team practiced indoors Monday at the Manning Center as it began installing prep work for its 2014 season opener against Boise State in Atlanta.

Head coach Hugh Freeze said the team went for 20 minutes today on Boise State, and will do more work toward the Broncos in the team’s walk through tonight. In regards to Monday’s practice, Freeze said he was a little disappointed by the way the team went about its energy, but there were some good things to take away from the day.

“Defensively, Christian Russell had an outstanding day,” Freeze said. “He’s coming on. Fadol Brown, this is the first day I really felt like he’s back to being healthy, and he looked good and did some nice things. The third-down competition was the energy I expect. It finished 11-9 (in favor of the defense). There was great back and forth in that deal. I saw some good things on both sides there.”

With the Rebels’ season opener just 10 days away, the position battles at kicker and center are drawing closer to completion. Freeze said both positions are too close to call at this point, but indicated there is a plan in place for each as of now.

“Right now (Andrew) Fletcher (is ahead),” said Freeze about the kicker position. “Fletcher would kick short-to-medium field goals right now. But it’s been (a) good (battle). All of them on a given day have done their share. He’s just probably been more consistent on those. If it was longer it would be one of the other two (Andy Pappanastos or Gary Wunderlich).

“Both Ben (Still) and Robert (Conyers) have earned the right to play. Who gets the majority of snaps will probably be sorted out after the first few games.”

Freeze said junior Fahn Cooper would get the start at right tackle.

With the season-ending injuries to defensive backs Carlos Davis and Tee Shepard, Freeze also talked about that position’s depth chart heading into the season.

“Mike Hilton went back out pretty much full time, as well as Senquez (Golson). Those two would probably be what you would consider starters now. Derrick Jones, Kendarius Webster and Kailo (Moore) are all getting reps with the second team.”

Ole Miss faces Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. For more information on the game and all the festivities going on around the game, go to the Rebels’ Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game webpage.

For all Ole Miss Football news and information, follow the Rebels on Twitter (@OleMissFB) and Facebook (Facebook.com/OleMissFootball), in addition to OleMissSports.com.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20, 2015)

      Monday, April 20, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more

    • Rebels Continue Push to Host in NCAA's

      Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Men's Tennis

      With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13, 2015)

      Monday, April 13, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review April 7-13, 2015 Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (18-18) as well as 7-8 in SEC play. After dropping a... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- April 12

      Sunday, April 12, 2015 - Athletics

      The baseball team claimed claimed their second series of the second over the nation's top-ranked team in dramatic fashion. The football team wrapped up spring practice. And the men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective regular seasons and... read more

    • Quarterbacks Make Final Case of Spring Practice

      Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Football

      At one point, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, all three quarterbacks had completed around 66 percent of their passes, a testament to how close the competition has been this spring. Going into the Grove Bowl, Freeze said one had a... read more

    • Hilton, Mullins Share Similar Story, Spirit

      Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer almost did not sign Chucky Mullins, whose memory has been honored with the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Nate Wayne, a four-year letterman for the Rebels and the 1997 recipient of the award, who... read more

    • Three and Out: Grove Bowl Edition

      Friday, April 10, 2015 - Football

      #RebelNation here are the Red and Blue rosters for tomorrow's Regions Bank Grove Bowl. See you there! pic.twitter.com/FZptUEkW4P-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 10, 2015 Three areas to watch as Ole Miss splits into two teams for the annual Regions... read more

    • Long But Rewarding Journey For Shepard

      Friday, April 10, 2015 - Football

      Junior cornerback Tee Shepard's story has been well-documented.  Shepard is hearing impaired, but since he has arrived at Ole Miss, he has been the beneficiary of new hearing technology that has allowed him to hear sounds, such as a coach's... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Men's Hoops Season Recap

      Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Women's Hoops Season Recap

      Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6, 2015)

      Monday, April 6, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2015Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (16-16).  - The Rebels claimed a midweek victory over Memphis before dropping... read more

    • Six Rebels Make MLB Opening Day Rosters

      Monday, April 6, 2015 - Baseball

      Six former Rebels begin the 2015 Major League Baseball on opening day rosters. Chris Coghlan, Zack Cozart and Seth Smith all started or are slated to start on opening day for their respective teams. Lance Lynn and Drew Pomeranz will begin the season... read more

    • Scholtz Makes One More Memory

      Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Men's Tennis

      The reigning SEC Player of the Year, Nik Scholtz decided to return for his senior season, wanting to give Ole Miss and Oxford one more season.Playing in perhaps his last home match at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center Saturday, Scholtz gave... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Hoops NCAA First Four

      Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      read more

    • VIDEO: All-Sport 2014 Highlight

      Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - Athletics

      read more