Highlights from Media Monday with videos below.
– Senior tight end Ferbia Allen is out with a torn MCL. That brings the number of available scholarship players down to 59, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. The Rebels’ top two pass-receiving tight ends have combined for 20 catches, seven from Allen, 13 from Jamal Mosley. H.R. Greer could figure more into the mix at the position now. Mosley and Greer are also seniors.
– Freeze says better decisions in the run game could lead to better production. Running back Jeff Scott has caught heat from fans for taking the play wide on most carries against Vanderbilt. Ole Miss rushed for just 55 yards on 40 carries. Most of it was from Scott, who had 47 yards on 24 attempts.
Freeze: “There were a lot of times that we wish he would have maybe made a different decision on where he put his foot in the ground and ended the run. The whole premise of our offense is staying on schedule. A 2-yard gain or a minus-1 is big for us in the scope of things. That’s another kid, we’re probably playing him too many snaps. He’s probably not as fresh as he once was. I know at his frame, he’s score. We’ve got to evaluate helping him understand, ‘This would be a better decision on this run at this time’ and giving him some rest.”
Ole Miss is averaging 1.68 yards per rush over the last three games.
– Quarterback Bo Wallace was 31-for-49 for 403 yards, a TD and no picks against Vanderbilt. Both he and Freeze said his decision-making could have been better in the red zone, possibly leading to more touchdowns. The Rebels kicked three field goals of fewer than 30 yards.
– Freeze said he talked with defensive coordinator Dave Wommack about the play call just prior to Vanderbilt’s winning touchdown, a 26-yard pass from Jordan Rodgers to Chris Boyd. Freeze signed off on the play and said the score was the result of a blown coverage.
“Instead of playing cover 2, we should have been in man,” cornerback Charles Sawyer said. Sawyer said it was a “communication” issue and that the players should have called an audible but didn’t.
Sawyer was beaten on the play.
In its two previous games against top 10 SEC foes on the road, the games got away from Ole Miss in the second half. Bo Wallace and Denzel Nkemdiche don’t predict an Ole Miss victory at LSU, but they believe the Rebels are equipped to compete.
More later today.