Hugh Freeze from today’s SEC teleconference

Highlights from Hugh Freeze’s time on the SEC teleconference. …

Opening comments
We’re excited about the great challenge we have. They are arguably the gold standard of football right now. To take our young football team into that atmosphere is why you come to play in this conference, why you want to coach in this conference.

On Bo Wallace
Should know more today. We held him out yesterday even though he told us he thought he could go. We will see how the ball is coming out of his hand today. We feel optimistic about it. Barry has had some good moments in games, and we feel confident he can move our offense. He’s a little inconsistent in practice, particularly in the passing game, but we’re getting him going.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze (Daily Journal photo)

On play-calling in the SEC
Every week you look at how teams want to play you, whether, they want to be seven-man box, eight-man box, how they fit the run, and you adjust your schemes to that. That’s something that occurs every week. The individual matchups you look at also.

On Alabama OL
They’re pretty special. You can tell those guys have bought into the physical system. They’re on the same page. You don’t see them making many mental mistakes at all. When they make contacts with defensive ends and linebackers, they want to finish. It’s one of the best I’ve seen on tape. It’s why they’re in the national championship hunt every year, they win on both sides.

On Ole Miss true freshmen
I don’t know there’s any way we can prepare them. We’re using crowd noise, and we’ve talked about Texas, but that’s different, because a large portion of people were rooting for them. That is just another step in this journey we’re on, going through this, so that these young kids handle the next one better than they handled this one. You have to go through the trial times with them, and this will be another one of those. I remember playing at Athens, Tuscaloosa, LSU and those great environments. You find yourself even in pregame getting caught up watching how different schools handle pre-game. All of that, again, is why you enjoy playing and coaching in this league so much. A lot of our coaches haven’t coached there before. It will be an exciting atmosphere and one that will be a memory for us.

On I’Tavius Mathers
He’s going to be a big, physical back before it’s all said and done. He’s around 195 and doing a great job in our weight program. He’s playing 8-10 snaps and playing on special teams. The more comfortable he gets with our offense his snaps will increase. I’m very pleased with him and think he has a bright, bright future.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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