Ole Miss’ final scrimmage before the season opener Sept. 1 featured an improved offensive attack led by the running of freshmen backs I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. First-year coach Hugh Freeze said following the annual Meet the Rebels scrimmage that Mathers, who finished with 100 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and Walton, who had 42 yards on eight carries, had been steady, if not spectacular, during summer camp. (August 20, 2012, Page 1B)
Saturday was not the best day to get an evaluation of where the Ole Miss defense is heading into the final two weeks of preparation before the season opener Sept. 1. First-year defensive coordinator Dave Wommack wasn’t pleased with his unit following the annual Meet the Rebels scrimmage, calling the effort “flat” when describing the feel he got from the start of the scrimmage. (August 20, 2012, Page 2B)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze addressed the media following his team’s second scrimmage of the preseason. (more…) (August 18, 2012)
BLOG: It’s not officially football season until Media Day has come and gone.
Well, as far as Ole Miss is concerned, today marked the start of the fall season when first-year head coach Hugh Freeze addressed the local media at the Indoor Practice Facility. (more…) (August 3, 2012)
HOOVER, Ala. — First-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze won’t have to worry about answering the question of where standout defensive end Channing Ward is academically when he makes his first appearance at the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday. (more…) (July 18, 2012, Page 6)
BLOG — First-year Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze can breathe a little easier today after learning former Aberdeen standout defensive end Channing Ward was cleared academically to play for the Rebels in 2012. (more…) (July 17, 2012)
“Positive” was one of the words Ole Miss defensive end signee Channing Ward used to describe his chances of obtaining entrance to school before players officially report Aug. 2 and the start of summer drills.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound standout from Aberdeen is still trying to meet freshman eligibility qualifications. He is one of only two high school signees from the 2012 signing class that has not attended at least one semester of summer school. (The second summer term started Thursday and will continue through July 27). (July 10, 2012, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ final verbal commitment, and subsequent letter of intent, of the 2012 football signing class made the biggest impact Wednesday for first-year coach Hugh Freeze and his staff.
As highly rated and needed as Aberdeen defensive end Channing Ward is to the signing class, Oxford, Ala., Trae Elston (6-foot, 183 pounds) coming on board Wednesday and picking the Rebels over LSU and Oklahoma State live on ESPNU from his high school helped finish out Freeze’s first class in style. (February 2, 2012, Page 6)
Hugh Freeze’s first football signing class wasn’t big on numbers, but it did include some important players for the future of the program. By the Oxford EAGLE’s press time at 10:15 a.m., Ole Miss received a total of 11 National Letters of Intent from players across the state and region. Four players — quarterback Bo Wallace, defensive back Dehendret Collins, offensive lineman Darone Bailey and offensive lineman Pierce Burton — already signed scholarship papers and are enrolled in the spring semester. (more…) (February 1, 2012, Page 6)
COLUMN: Oxford was a busy town over the weekend for more reasons than just the return of the Ole Miss student body. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze, his staff and some of his players hosted a number of recruits for official visits.
Some players, such as Aberdeen defensive end Channing Ward and South Panola defensive tackle Isaac Gross, were already committed to the Rebels, while others such as Oxford, Ala., cornerback Trae Elston or Ruston, La., cornerback Kentrell Brice were not. (more…) (January 23, 2012, Page 2B)