Ole Miss Tempo Offense Looks Good In Physical Practice

Ole Miss Tempo Offense Looks Good In Physical Practice

Linebacker D.T. Shackelford continues to make progress after two years away from practices and games.
-University of Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. – As Ole Miss enters the meat of the spring practice schedule, the physicality and speed of the workouts continue to increase, as was on display Wednesday morning.

In a two-hour session at the Indoor Practice Facility, Hugh Freeze’s Rebels went through the most scrimmage situations in full pads yet this spring, and the tempo offense was particularly effective.

“Any time we’re in tempo, our kids feel better,” Freeze said. “When we do a scripted deal, we get a lot more junk from the defense than we do when we’re in tempo. And that’s the whole premise behind it. Red ball today looked really good.”

Practices continue to get more physical, too.

“We’re building up to where that’s going to be a big part of the practice,” Freeze added. “We’re kind of getting into the grind. I really like the way our schedule is falling with the Easter break. We’re able to be pretty physical today. We’re going to get after it in the morning early and then have a three-day break before we come back and have two four-day weeks of practices. Those two four-day weeks can be a grind.”

Freeze talked about some of the team’s defensive leaders, including the top returning tacklers in rising sophomore linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and rising junior safety Cody Prewitt.

“Those are two different leaders and two different types of personalities,” Freeze said. “Denzel brings it every single play, as does Cody. Cody has helped some of the other guys in the back end with maturing in what they’re doing.”

Senior linebacker D.T. Shackelford continues to make progress after two years away from practices and games.

“Real impressed with the way he’s moving around and his energy,” Freeze said. “He doesn’t know what he’s doing right now within the system, but no question you look at him in one-on-ones and how physical he plays, he’s going to be a big asset to us.”

The Rebels' seventh spring practice is scheduled for Thursday at 5:45 a.m. in the Indoor Practice Facility.

All spring practices are open to the public. Use of cell phones and cameras are prohibited for fans at practice, and fans must remain in the designated area. Fans are not allowed between the practice fields.
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