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VIDEO BLOG: Battered Rebels talk No. 6 LSU

BLOG — Ole Miss had a bye three weeks ago, but it hasn’t helped much in keeping the Rebels healthy. Ole Miss is dealing with a plethora of injuries following its latest loss to No. 7 Texas A&M, particularly on the defensive side, and head coach Hugh Freeze said the Rebels will be without “most all” of those injured against another top-10 team this week in sixth-ranked LSU.

Freeze ran through the laundry list of ailments at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon at the Manning Center, mentioning DE Robert Nkemdiche (hamstring), LB Temario Strong (unspecified), RB Jeff Scott (thigh bruise), CB Mike Hilton (hamstring), DT Isaac Gross (unspecified), backup QB Barry Brunetti (throwing shoulder), DB Chief Brown (unspecified) and LB Serderius Bryant (head) as players who left the game with an injury. DEs Carlos Thompson (unspecified) and C.J. Johnson (ankle) didn’t dress out as they continue to try to heal up.

Brunetti, Freeze said, is questionable for Saturday while Gross “will try to go.” Nkemdiche and Thompson won’t play. Johnson, Hilton and Strong are doubtful.

The scariest of those was Bryant, who lied on the field motionless for an extended period of time after making a fourth-quarter hit on Johnny Manziel before being carted off the field on a stretcher and sent to a local hospital for tests. Freeze, who noted that A&M as well as other teams around the league reached out to offer encouragement for Bryant, said the junior suffered a “good concussion” and rejoined the team on Sunday.

“When a kid is knocked out, you’re not certain exactly what the extent of injuries could be,” said Freeze, who didn’t rule out Bryant returning against the Tigers. “But he was back in meetings yesterday, and he started our protocol this week of how you come back from (a concussion). We’ll see how he progresses.”

Freeze also reflected on the loss to the Aggies, including the Rebels’ final possession which resulted in a three-and-out with the game tied at the time, and looked ahead to this week’s matchup against LSU.

A sampling of Freeze’s meeting with the media is below.

Though the defense took its lumps trying to corral Manziel and company, the offense got back on track after scoring 22 combined points in back-to-back weeks against Alabama and Auburn. The Rebels had their third-highest scoring output with 38 points against the Aggies and finished with 462 total yards.

Quarterback Bo Wallace said the offense will need to repeat that performance against the Tigers to help what will be a shorthanded defense. Below is a short clip of Wallace.

For complete coverage of Freeze’s press conference, check out Tuesday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (October 14, 2013)

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