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RECAP: Rebels start preparation

As the Ole Miss Rebels are less than two weeks away from their home opener against Central Arkansas, Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze said they decide to go ahead and start game planning.

Bo Wallace rated out the highest in Saturday's scrimmage.

“We decided to get a jump start on the game plan and see how they adjust to it,” Freeze said, talking about the quarterbacks. “I thought they made some good reads today.”

Freeze said it’s important to see how the quarterbacks would react to a scout team defense.

“You start trying to see how our quarterbacks adjust to a game plan,” Freeze said. “We’re going to put you against the scout team and give you a look… We’re preparing to make sure you’re making the correct reads.”

Freeze said sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace graded out higher than junior Barry Brunetti in Saturday’s scrimmage. However, Freeze said he wants to wait until next week before he names the starting quarterback
come September 1.

Another player Freeze was impressed with was junior college transfer Louis Covington. According to Freeze, Covington graded out the highest of the defense backs.

“It’s good have him back there and we really need him to play well,” Freeze said.

As far as injuries, the Rebels seemed to look a lot better today. Both senior defensive tackle Uriah Grant and sophomore wide receiver Collins Moore were dressed out Tuesday.

“He’s in good shape. Paul (Jackson) and his staff have been working him out every day,” Freeze said about Grant. “He seemed to be pain free; it’s great to have him back. He’s quick twitch and we’re going need a lot of bodies in there.”

As for Collins, Freeze said the jury is still out on when he might return.

“We weren’t going put him into in contact today. He said he wasn’t having any pain,” Freeze said. “It’s still a little early…We’ll turn him loose and see how he does next week.”

According to Freeze, the flu kept senior Wesley Pendleton out of practice today.

“He came in this morning throwing up, so we sent him home,” Freeze said. “We actually think he’s farther ahead with the knee than Cliff (Coleman). Not only did Cliff strain that MCL, but he has a little bone bruise. It’s just real tender.”

Fortunately for the Rebels, Freeze said “I think you’ll see (Charles) Sawyer, Cliff and Wesley trying to go next week. We just don’t want to rush it.”

After watching freshman Channing Ward put on the pads, Freeze said he has some catching up to do, but he can tell the skill set is there.

“He’s swimming right now…He looks the part,” Freeze said. “He’s in decent shape, he just doesn’t know what he’s doing yet…I know (Chris) Kiffin and the defensive staff is working hard to see how much he can retain in a short amount of time.”

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