Preseason Report 08.26: Rebels Working on Staying Healthy
Aug. 26, 2016

BLOG: Facing Dalvin Cook

By Dylan Edwards,

OXFORD, Miss. - When Ole Miss kicks off the season in 10 days, there will be no easing into the season. Through camp, the Rebels have had to balance getting ready to play the talented, physical Seminoles with making sure the team stays healthy.

“We go very little live anymore,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “We go about 10 minutes live. We want to get them as healthy as we can to the game now.”

Florida State’s Dalvin Cook is one of the best running backs in the country. Ole Miss’ defense has to tackle effectively to keep him from breaking the game open with long runs.

“You usually have a game or two maybe to get to do that and get some practice,” Freeze said. “We get to warm up with one of the best I’ve seen.”

The Rebels work have worked often on tackling fundamentals, but Cook does present a unique challenge due to his ability.

“You want to get that first tackle under your belt so you can just be ready,” defensive back Ken Webster said. “We work on a lot of technique tackling. We don’t go all the way to the ground everyday. It’s about technique and wanting to be able to tackle.”

To help hem up Cook, Ole Miss is placing an emphasis on swarming as a unit to have multiple players available to bring him to the ground.

“Teams have a lot of missed tackles and not 11 heads to the ball,” Webster said. “That’s something we’re planning to do, have 11 heads to the ball and having everybody there if one of misses a tackle.”

-Jeremy Liggins has returned to practice. He will not play against Florida State
-Deontay Anderson was in a no-contact jersey at practice after fracturing hand.
-Fadol Brown underwent treatment today in an attempt to alleviate pain in his foot.

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