Football scrimmage notes, observations

The Rebels went through 100 plays this morning. Rarely do you leave a football scrimmage where both sides of the ball are happy, but that seemed to be the case listening to coordinators Dave Wommack and Dan Werener.

There was plenty to be happy about on both sides, enough plays to win the day if you could keep your busts to a minimum.

Bo Wallace threw and interception, but not a bad one, a sideline route that was batted and picked off. He threw three touchdown passes and looked pretty sharp I thought.

Here’s Wallace:

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The numbers you see from here on out are extremely unofficial.

Wallace finished 15-for-27, 240 yards and threw the ball downfield well.

Laquon Treadwell really seems to have adjusted to lining up on the outside and becoming the next “go-to” receiver.

“When you play those corners and try to play him one on one, you can barely do it,” Wallace said.

Treadwell really looked physical with five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Quincy Adeboyejo was really targeted downfield too and came away with two catches for 45 yards, one a long touchdown on a pass from Wallace.

Here’s Freeze:

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Dave Wommack was pleased with the pressure from his defensive line, something missing last year after C.J. Johnson went down, and Ole Miss finished 96th in America with 1.54 sacks per game.

There are more weapons this year, true, but it all starts with Johnson staying healthy, and the healthy return of Carlos Thompson should not be overlooked.

Thompson had a nice tackle for loss late in the workout during the 2-minute drill.

Most of the work at running back when to Jordan Wilkins and Eugene Brazley. Wilkins had seven carries for 22 yards, Brazley 11 for 41.

Brazley has good vision and ran with decent power for a guy who’s trademark is his shiftiness.

Hugh Freeze says he doesn’t expect to have a clear No. 2 at quarterback when spring is done.

DeVante Kincade was 6-for-9 for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushed nine times for 18 yards, a credit to the guys chasing him.

Ryan Buchanan was 6-for-8 for 40 yards. Remember the numbers are very unofficial.

My guess is Kincade is the No. 2 in the sense that he’ll be the change of pace guy and will play the role that Barry Brunetti did last season, though he’ll add more passing to it.

If Wallace gets hurt I wouldn’t be surprised to see Buchanan take over if they think he can make the reads and the decisions.

Kincade is listed at 6-foot. Maybe that’s true, but the guys I see him standing next to most of the time make him appear to be shorter than that. He has to have a clear passing lane to throw, and Freeze will do a good job of helping him find that. I don’t know how many clear lanes he’ll get from the pocket, and that’s the strength of Buchanan, who is 6-3.

I had Jeremy Liggins today at 1-for-8 passing, numbers that don’t reflect a nice completion over the middle that was negated by penalty. He really didn’t look as bad as 1-for-8.

Really, it’s not about the passing right now with Liggins. That would be, as we say at the newspaper, “bonus coverage.”

What Freeze wants to see is the footwork, which I thought looked good, and how Liggins can keep his mass moving forward.

Intriguing possibilities there that right now include short-yardage and situational play, not every-down play.

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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