Physical spring

There was no holding back for Hugh Freeze this spring.

That’s a risk and reward thing, but fast and physical springtime was something he felt he needed to help his team take the next step.

Physical Spring

Nothing paints the mental picture of “physical” more than a 300-pounder running right at you.

Meet Jeremy Liggins.

The fact that Liggins spent his whole spring at quarterback underscores Freeze’s commitment to using Liggins at the position.

Not as the every-down guy. Not right now and probably not ever at 300 pounds. Weight loss is one of Freeze’s goals for Liggins this off-season.

But it’s clear that Freeze, seeking a cure for two seasons’s worth of short-yardage ailments, is intrigued by the possibilities of Liggins taking a shotgun snap and running at the line.

I think you’ll see that in the fall.

Liggins in the “Barry Package.”

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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  • rcpylon

    “But it’s clear that Freeze, seeking a cure for two seasons’s worth of short-yardage ailments, is intrigued by the possibilities of Liggins taking a shotgun snap and running at the line.”

    Can you explain the thinking behind going for a ‘quarterback sneak’ in a short yardage situation and adding 4-6 yards to the equation, ie from a shotgun position?

  • Parrish Alford

    The only explanation is that it is Freeze’s preference. The shotgun snap might not seem the best approach to short yardage, but it’s what he prefers most of the time.

    • Mantachie

      this Is one of the few things I scratch my head on about Freeze, yet a national title winning team used this approach also. they came up short against Ole Miss in the swamp but went on to win it all. So it may not work always taking that shot gun snap but coach Freeze isn’t the only one who does it

      • Seth Mohundro

        Well the thing about Liggins is that he isn’t going to be like a Robert Nkemdiche where you can cut his legs out from under him. You can’t just hit this guy in the lower body. He is so strong and big. I watched him all season this past football season at Northeast and he would just drag guys. He also has a pretty strong arm. He hit a guy in stride down the right sideline right at the goal line for a TD. He threw the ball from the opposite 35 yard line. He won’t be in there to just run I don’t believe. Even if he does take a shotgun snap, he will not go down before he gets a few yards past the line of scrimmage.

        • Mantachie

          sounds good Seth

          • Seth Mohundro

            He just has to keep his grades up.

  • karl Hungus

    Y’all need to go tighten the lugnuts on the wheels of your home. Auburn is only a washer thin place above Mizzu. Talk when you’re done playing Bama, Florida, LSU and Mississippi State, Vandy and then see where you’re at.
    #ligginsforheisman…

    • Seth Mohundro

      I watched Liggins all year and 3 MSU guys couldn’t take him down. It takes 5 or 6 guys for him to even struggle. You don’t have room to talk when MSU lost to Western Carolina, 2 of 3 to Holy Cross, 2 of 3 to UC-Santa Barbara, and all 3 to LSU, 2 of which State wasn’t even a threat in. Especially today’s game. You need to GET some lug nuts in for your head because your brain has been missing for a long time now.

  • Karl Hungus

    I hear ya Seth! I saw Luggins really struggling to down his 5th big mac, 7 order of fries and 4 th milkshake at one sitting, but he did it!!! Now that’s championship spirit!!

    • Seth Mohundro

      Trust me, I literally watched this guy play all this year and hardly anyone can get this guy down.

  • karl Hungus

    It’s another gimmick from gimmick master, Bucky Freeze. Like his use of double numbers. Why not line up and play football, instead of all this trickery. It wreaks of desperation. It may work in high school, but this isn’t high school.

  • karl Hungus

    Anyone who has played football knows that even if a dude weighs 400 lbs, which Luggins may by September, will go down if you wrap his ankles together. Big difference between a lard butt and a strong athlete.
    #luggins4heisman

  • karl Hungus

    The fact that no Sharkfin defender could bring him down, speaks volumes about how weak the defense will be. Ole Miss has never had a good strength and conditioning program and this is further evidence.
    #luggins4heisman

  • karl Hungus

    Grades???? Uh oh! It’s always the grades up in Oxford….why not recruit smart guys with great character?
    #luggins4heisman

    • Seth Mohundro

      Grades is a problem in EVERY college sports program in the country. State has those problems, too. You just seem more interested when it’s an Ole Miss player. Like I said earlier, I watched this guy ALL year at Northeast and we played the # 2 team in the country who had just as high ranked of a defense and had a LOT of trouble bringing him down, even by the ankles. He was at 315-320 at Northeast this year. Since January, when he got on campus, he has gotten down to 300. Your comment, my boy, is just disrespectful and spiteful. Not to mention irrelevant.

      • karl Hungus

        Junior college??? Really?

        • Seth Mohundro

          Some of the best players in the NFL went JC. Stop hatin’

  • karl Hungus

    On short yardage situations, you can have Bo fumble or Lardbutt Luggins run a yard, then stop to catch his breath.

    • Seth Mohundro

      So you can only run a yard, huh? I was right, you never were an athlete.

  • karl Hungus

    Junior college football is for players that can’t make grades or aren’t good enough to make d1 programs. East miss beat northeast 59 0 last season…good grief, what a skull dragging.

    • Seth Mohundro

      You know nothing about JC. For your information, Alabama has a cornerback that played at Northeast a couple of years ago and was as good at the JC level than any D1 corner. And yes, they didn’t have a great season but at least our QB didn’t fake injury.

  • karl Hungus

    You’re right about the Bama DB…and like I said…jc is for players who don’t have the grades OR aren’t good enough to play D1…Comprehension problems? Lardggins is out of shape and poses no threat to any team, other than Presbyterian.

    • Seth Mohundro

      I know I am right. We will see about that come next season. JC isn’t necessarily for ones with grade issues. For some it is but there have been really good players come out of JC and start and make a big impact on college teams and eventually go to the NFL. You don’t need to hate so much on JC.

  • karl Hungus

    On second thought, Lardggins could pose a health risk for opposing players by falling on them…ouch! That’d do some damage…TIMBER!!!

  • karl Hungus

    Lardggins needs a manzeer, for those man boobs….hehe

  • karl Hungus

    You’re right Seth! JC is a good learning step between high school and major college. Just havin fun. You seem like an ok dude, for a Sharkfin. We have some great debates.

  • Seth Mohundro

    Likewise, Karl.

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