By Hayden Sowers
Ole Miss’s preparation for No. 1 Alabama continued Wednesday and the Rebels received some good news as starting QB Bo Wallace appears to be ready to go as he had battled an injured shoulder.
“He did everything today and it didn’t appear that his arm strength was full, but he said he was pain free and did fine. After watching today he’ll go Saturday.” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said after practice today.
Preparation for Alabama’s physical offensive attack looked to shift the base defense from a 4-2-5 look to a 4-3 look today.
DC Dave Wommack echoed that after practice saying, “We’ll be in a lot more 3 linebacker sets this week than we have been in the past.” Look for LB Joel Kight to move into the first team role at that third linebacker position.
The Rebel staff said Wallace will be ready to go Saturday, but expect Barry Brunetti’s role to continue to grow. He looks to have a knack for the QB run and has handled it well in his opportunities this season.
WR Donte Moncrief said Alabama’s secondary likes to play more of an “over the top” approach so look for more short, speed routes. More from Moncrief: “We are going to have to run a lot of short stuff to get our routes in then run some double moves to get them deep.”
Injury wise Freeze said WR Korvic Neat won’t make the trip and they are hopeful DT Uriah Grant and DT Woodrow Hamilton will be able to play Saturday. Look for Philander Moore and Collins Moore to step into Neat’s role in the slot.