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)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss received plenty of good news when it returned to the practice field today. (more…) (August 21, 2012)
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)
One of the misconceptions about Ole Miss’ new-look offense installed by coach Hugh Freeze is that the quarterback passes every down and the running game, well, is soft and unable to get the tough yard on a consistent basis. Freeze has tried to erase that misnomer about his offense since he was hired and most recently during summer camp.
He pointed out after Thursday’s practice session — one that included some tough runs made by former South Panola standout Nick Parker — that the offense is balanced, if not leaning towards more run plays. (August 17, 2012, Page 6A)
Johnny Hill writes to thank UM football coach Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Athletic Department for allowing OHS to host its annual football jamboree at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, noting it’s a highlight for the players, families and schools involved. (August 17, 2012, Page 4A)
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has repeatedly told his current roster of players that if they didn’t buy into what the new staff was trying to instill, they could be replaced. (more…) (August 16, 2012, Page 4B)
When Vince Sanders was recruited out of Noxubee County as a member of the 2010 signing class, the former Rebel coaching staff had plenty of expectations for the lanky receiver with the laundry list of big-time offers. (more…) (August 15, 2012, Page 6)