BLOG — Ole Miss moved on from the grind of fall camp and into preparations for Boise State with portions of Monday’s practice focused on the Broncos.
Head coach Hugh Freeze said the energy lacked at times during the two-hour practice inside the Manning Center, though there were some bright spots. Freeze singled out the defense, which won the team’s third-down competition 11-9, and the play of linebacker Christian Russell and defensive end Fadol Brown, who’s back to full speed after spraining an ankle early in camp.
Getting ready for the Broncos is proving to be tricky. Boise State has a first-year coach in former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who left Arkansas State after one season to replace Chris Petersen. Harsin brought with him a new staff, including offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, who’s calling plays for the first time after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Stanford.
Harsin’s background as a playcaller gives the Rebels an inkling of what to expect, but Freeze said the team will look back at all of Sanford’s previous stops to get a better idea of what it could see from the Broncos next Thursday night.
“I’m sure he’ll take something from everywhere he’s been just like all of us did, you’re just not quite sure what his flavor is,” Freeze said. “That’s a bit difficult.”
Watch Freeze talk about Friday’s practice and jumping into preparations for the season opener among other things in the following video.
The offense is also getting ready for a new-look Boise defense, which is under the direction of first-year coordinator Marcel Yates. The Rebels may have gotten a sneak peek at what they’ll see from Boise on that side of the ball the last two years against Texas A&M, where Yates served as co-defensive coordinator the past two seasons.
Quarterback Bo Wallace said the offense will brush up on film of the Aggies from the last couple of seasons as part of its preparation.
“What we don’t know, hopefully our tempo will be able to help us in that area,” Wallace said.
In the following video, Wallace talksabout beginning game preparations, his health and the offensive line — where Fahn Cooper has been named the starting right tackle — among other topics.
Ole Miss will continue preparations for Boise State during a walk-through Monday night.
See Tuesday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Monday’s practice. (August 18, 2014)