Preseason Report 08.19: Ole Miss Practices Under The Lights

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Freshman Laremy Tunsil played very well in Ole Miss' scrimmage Saturday.

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Freshman Laremy Tunsil played very well in Ole Miss' scrimmage Saturday.
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Aug 19, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – With the season opener less than two weeks away, the Ole Miss football team practiced under the bright lights of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Monday evening in an attempt to get better acclimated to playing at that hour. The end result was a good practice with a high energy level.

“It was (a good practice) for having a day off and coming back tonight late, getting under the lights and catching some balls, which is something similar to what it will be when we go in a game,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “It was a good practice. We got a lot of us versus us in, and had a little period at the end where we started introducing some things we might get involved in the game plan. It was a good night. There was a lot of special teams work too.”

After reviewing film of the Rebels’ scrimmage Saturday, their second of preseason camp, Freeze said he liked what he saw, and was pleased to see the battle going back and forth between the offense and defense.

“The offense came out really strong and looked really efficient and stayed on schedule,” Freeze said. “Bo (Wallace) did some really nice things and the receivers caught the ball well. The O-line is definitely getting better, and then the defense rallied, answered, and it went back and forth from that point on. Our front played well in the latter parts of the scrimmage. Our secondary is still hit and miss. We get out of position sometimes and give up the big play, which is what we’ve said all along we cannot do. We’re working hard on getting that corrected. There was some good back and forth for sure. We’re getting better.”

One player who turned in a particularly strong performance was freshman offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, a highly touted player coming out of high school in Lake City, Fla.

“I think Matt (Luke’s) words were he probably graded out as high as any freshman he’d ever coached in a scrimmage,” Freeze said.

On the health front, many banged up Rebels were able to practice Monday evening. Freeze said Senquez Golson and Brishen Mathews went for portions of the practice, while Issac Gross, C.J. Johnson, Patrick Junen and Robert Nkemdiche each went the entire practice.

“We’re right on track, we just have to hopefully keep them all healthy moving forward,” Freeze said.

The Rebels open the season in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, Aug. 29. The game will be televised by ESPN with an 8:15 p.m. CT kickoff.

Ole Miss hosts Southeast Missouri the next weekend in the home opener on Sept. 7. For Ole Miss gameday information or to buy season tickets, visit the Rebels' gameday site, OleMissFB.com, or call 888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

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