Hugh Freeze’s plan of keeping Saturday’s epic game with No. 14 Texas close and allowing the near record crowd of 61,797 at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to help his Rebels late never materialized.
Instead of heading into the fourth quarter down just a field goal or a touchdown, the Rebels trailed the Longhorns by 28 (52-24) with no hope of ever catching them thanks to his defense’s inability to slow quarterback David Ash or a running game that totaled 350 yards overall. (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
After starting the year 2-0, Ole Miss will finally get to play arguably its biggest home non-conference game in years tonight.
Kickoff for the ESPN-broadcast game is set for 8:15 p.m. (more…) (September 15, 2012)
Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss’ junior rover and leader in the secondary, knew Saturday was a big day for first-year head coach Hugh Freeze before the team got off the bus and started filing through the Walk of Champions in the Grove. Sawyer, who just returned to the practice field last week in an attempt to play against Central Arkansas in the opener, said Freeze really wanted to win because of his affection for Ole Miss. (September 3, 2012, Page 1B)
When Hugh Freeze walked into the IPF’s team meeting room Monday something seemed different.
For months, a lot has been said, both within those walls and on the practice field, regarding the state of the Ole Miss football team. But, more often than not, the question-and-answer sessions have only involved Ole Miss: How was practice? Or the latest scrimmage?
Wearing a button-down shirt and a sports coat, accented by an “Ole Miss” script lapel pin, Freeze was introduced — not that it was really needed — to the media in attendance as “the head football coach of the Ole Miss Rebels” for the first time with an actual game on the horizon. (August 28, 2012, Page 6)
If there was a unit on the Ole Miss football team that needed a few days off from the rigors of camp recently it was the secondary. Injuries have hampered things since the start of summer drills and nobody knows that better than defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, who talked about his safeties and the overall depth of the back five after Saturday’s latest scrimmage. (August 22, 2012, Page 6)
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)
Ole Miss’ first day in full pads proved to be another strong day for the defense as the Rebels continued to struggled with turnovers. Whether it was interceptions or miscues on snaps out of the shotgun, first-year coach Hugh Freeze wasn’t too pleased with how his offense performed in team situations following Tuesday’s morning practice. (August 8, 2012, Page 6)
His words resonated Monday with the confirmation that sophomore receiver Collins Moore would be out with what could be a season-ending torn labrum, while junior defensive back Charles Sawyer will be out 4-6 weeks with a torn quad. (August 7, 2012, Page 6)
HOOVER, Ala. — Hugh Freeze made an impression in his first trip to the Southeastern Conference’s Media Day on Thursday. Joined by players Donte’ Moncrief, Mike Marry and Charles Sawyer, Freeze fielded questions about his program while outlining details for the future all at the same time. (more…) (July 20, 2012, Page 6A)