Vanderbilt Week Presser

Some highlights from the Hugh Freeze presser …

There are a number of banged up players, so it won’t be a surprised tomorrow and Wednesday to see players missing practice time. Generally speaking, Freeze was optimistic that most players will be ready for this weekend’s game against Vanderbilt.

He was not optimistic about Aaron Garbutt, who remains hospitalized but is expected to get out soon. Wesley Pendleton (ankle) could have a hard time being ready to go, but it looks good for Senquez Golson. That’s big news for a secondary that was depleted — and it showed — against Georgia. …

A couple of personnel notes. Freeze is pleased with the play of Jeff Scott and believes the lag in the run game the last two weeks has come from teams scheming the read option better. That being said, Freeze says he’ll give closer looks to freshman running backs I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton.

Those two were very productive early. Their playing time, not surprisingly, dropped off when SEC play began.

Also in the quest to spark the run game expect to see a little more of Randall Mackey as the Wildcat option.

Freeze said that Georgia “manhandled us and beat us up front.” He was critical of Bo Wallace’s decisions more from the standpoint that he thought Wallace should have pulled down the ball and run more when green space was available. He also didn’t like Wallace’s decision to throw deep to Jamal Mosley, tempting as it no doubt was considering how wide open Mosley was.

Wallace contended after the game that he believed he would have made the throw had he been able to set his feet.

Here’s some video from Wallace and offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray. Funny stuff from McCray here when he talks about why he had to leave the game late.

Bo Wallace

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Emmanuel McCray

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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 John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Archaeo

    Offensive play calling seemed horrid in the second half, but that had a lot to do with playing from behind and how well the Georgia Defense was playing. Georgia’s first TD hit the team in the gut, but our D still played hard. That TD before the half absolutely killed team morale from the looks of it. By the time the D started to play better again the offense was non-existent and it was too late to salvage anything. Vandy and Ole Miss both have a lot at stake in this game and I just hope the guys completely forget about the Georgia game because Vandy is too dangerous to be taken to lightly.

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