Georgia Week Presser

Some interesting news on the injury front. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was “optimistic” that he will have cornerback Senquez Golson this week, but Golson was first pass the tests that go along with having a concussion.

Probably, that will happen, but clearance won’t come until later in the week. If Golson can’t go, the Rebels become exceptionally thin at cornerback. Freeze listed former starter Wesley Pendleton, now Golson’s backup, as very doubtful. Pendleton entered the Arkansas game for Golson and was on crutches afterward with a severe ankle sprain.

Defensive end Cameron Whigham may miss some practice time this week with a bone bruise, but he’s expected to be ready to go.

Elsewhere …

The Randall Mackey as slot receiver experiment worked well, and I’d expect to see that from here on out. The Rebels have struggled at the slot position this season since the early-camp injury to Collins Moore. Korvic Neat got off to a nice start at the position but was passed up when he was out injured.

Mackey became the sixth different player to start at slot receiver this season and finished the Arkansas game with seven catches for 99 yards.

Through seven games Mackey has had a nice season and has been a key contributor. He’s made a lot of big plays, but in no single game has he put up monster numbers as a running back. That could change at wide receiver, in my opinion. We’ll see. Mackey has five games left to do something really big.  …

Freeze credited personnel moves on special teams for improvement in kick coverage. The Rebels were last in that category going into the Arkansas game. Now they’re 13th. The new guys on the unit are walk-on freshman running back Carlos Davis and freshman defensive end Channing Ward. …

Jeff Scott had posted consecutive 100-yard games against Texas A&M and Auburn but was held to 50 yards and 2.4 yards per carry by Arkansas. Scott is the fifth-leading rusher in the SEC this week at 87.4 yards a game. The third-leading rusher is Georgia freshman Todd Gurley at 92.5 yards a game. …

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson had 297 passing yards against Ole Miss, dropping his average to 322 which still leads the SEC by a wide margin. Second is Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray at 285.2, and fourth is Georgia’s Aaron Murray at 258.0

Murray is second in pass efficiency with a 160.0 rating. He’s thrown 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

“It’s a very difficult offense to defend because of the balance and talent. They have excellent schemes, an excellent guy at the trigger and have great running backs and receivers,” said Freeze of the Georgia offense.

Here’s Bo Wallace talking about No. 7 Georgia:

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And here’s native Georgian Mike Hilton, talking about his home state school and his increasing role:

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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 Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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