BLOG — The season opener is less than a week away for Ole Miss, and the Rebels continued to prepare for Boise State with a practice outdoors Friday morning.
Temperatures have reached the mid-90s this week after an unusually mild June and July, and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said his team has handled the heat “fairly well.” Heat won’t be a factor against the Broncos in the air-conditioned confines of the Georgia Dome on Thursday (7 p.m., ESPN), but with back-to-back afternoon games to follow, the Rebels have to get used to it.
“It was good for us to get out and get some work done today,” Freeze said.
Laremy Tunsil was held out of practice as a precaution, though Freeze said the offensive tackle is dealing with some tendonitis. Defensive tackle Issac Gross (neck strain) was back at practice but only went through the non-contact periods. He’s expected to participate fully starting Monday.
Wide receiver Collins Moore, who’s missed all of camp with a knee injury, has a chance to suit up against Boise, Freeze said. Moore is “way ahead of schedule” and will be evaluated further Monday.
Jaylen Walton, Trae Elston and Kailo Moore will return kickoffs, Freeze said, while Markell Pack or Anthony Alford will handle punt return duties.
Ole Miss preceded Friday’s practice with its final mock game of camp Thursday, going through game-like situations. The first-teamers, Freeze said, had a better showing than the second-teamers, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
“Offensively it was as good a mock game as we’ve had as far as the execution,” Freeze said.
Watch Freeze hit on Friday’s practice as well as Pack and Trey Bledsoe stepping up at wide receiver, tight end Jeremy Liggins being confined to a singular role and the kicking game among other topics in the following video.
Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is back for his sophomore season, moving from the slot to the outside to replace Donte Moncrief. The 6-foot-2 Treadwell has packed on some more weight — he says he’s anywhere from 220 to 223 pounds, depending on when he weighs in — to help him with the transition.
In the video below, Treadwell talks about his new position, the new and improved arm strength from quarterback Bo Wallace and what he’s seen from the rest of the receiving corps among other topics.
Ole Miss will take Saturday off before returning to practice Sunday.
See Monday’s edition of the EAGLE for more Ole Miss fall camp coverage. (August 22, 2014)