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VIDEO BLOG: Freeze talks bye week, upcoming stretch

BLOG — With its 44-23 victory at Texas over the weekend, No. 21 Ole Miss reeled off its fifth straight win under second-year coach Hugh Freeze dating back to last season. But with a brutal stretch of SEC games coming up, the Rebels don’t have a whole lot of time to spend patting themselves on the back.

Ole Miss (3-0 overall) does get a week off, though, before jumping into that stretch, which includes back-to-back road games against No. 1 Alabama and Auburn followed by home dates with No. 6 LSU and No. 10 Texas A&M.

Freeze addressed the midseason gauntlet at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon at the Manning Center, calling it “probably the toughest stretch of games that anyone will have to play this year.”

Freeze also looked back at his team’s performance against the Longhorns and talked about the self scouting that went on among the coaching staff Monday morning as the Rebels began preparations for next Saturday’s game against the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. The game is set for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN.

On the injury front, Freeze said LT Emmanuel McCray and RT Pierce Burton will sit out of practice all week as they continue to nurse leg injuries. CB Charles Sawyer, who didn’t travel to Texas after getting arrested and charged with a DUI last week, is also back in good standing with the team, Freeze said, as long as he meets certain obligations the coaching staff has set aside for him, although Freeze said Sawyer will split reps with Mike Hilton, who has come on strong since moving over from the Husky position.

Part of Freeze’s meeting with the media is below.

Looking ahead to next week’s game, quarterback Bo Wallace said he recalled the offense giving the ‘Bama defense some headaches with its up-tempo attack a year ago.

In the video below, Wallace talks about pushing the pace and how he expects the Alabama defense to adjust after seeing a number of up-tempo spread offenses in the past year, including Texas A&M and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel a week ago.

Check Tuesday’s print edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage of Freeze’s press conference. (September 16, 2013)

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