Camp 2012 … Freshman backs shine, QBs compete

By request, this flashback from 2012. It was a very different picture a year ago when Bo Wallace and Barry Brunetti were competitors in an unsettled quarterback picture.

This was a good day for freshmen running backs too. A year later a lot more responsibility falls to I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton.

From Aug. 18, 2012 …

OXFORD – I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton increased their stock just prior to meeting Ole Miss fans for the first time.

The freshmen running backs provided most of the highlights in an hour-and-a-half scrimmage at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before moving to the indoor practice facility for Meet The Rebels activities.

It was the second major scrimmage of August camp and in some unfortunate ways a repeat of the first one for Bo Wallace, vying with Barry Brunetti to become the starting quarterback.

Wallace almost escaped the workout without throwing an interception, but in the red zone work he stayed in the pocket under pressure and threw a ball into the end zone that was picked and returned for a touchdown by safety Cody Prewitt.

It was also Prewitt who spoiled Wallace’s day last Saturday with an interception at the goalline.

Barry Brunetti, likewise, had not committed a turnover until he was picked off in the end zone by Denzel Nkemdiche on the last play of the scrimmage.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze liked what he saw in the big picture.

“I thought the quarterbacks played OK. There were a couple of things obviously I’m not happy with, but they were a little more consistent today,” Freeze said.

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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