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July 16, 2013

Freeze talks progress of Ole Miss

HOOVER | Hugh Freeze delivered a jolt of excitement into a downtrodden Ole Miss program last year in his first season as head coach of the Rebels.

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Ole Miss went 7-6, 3-5 in SEC play, defeating rival Mississippi State and beating Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham.

"We have made strides," Freeze said. "We're excited about year two of our journey."

After starting the same five offensive linemen and the same receivers in every game last season and having no major injuries along the defensive front, Freeze admits Ole Miss was fortunate to have a healthy season. Injuries in spring practice showed the coach that there is still work to do on the recruiting trail coming off one signing one of the nation's top classes.

"It reminded me we're not quite where we need to be depth chart-wise for this league," Freeze said. "I still look and we're not as deep as we need to be in some positions."

The coach was asked how he felt about questions raised over Ole Miss' overnight success in the recruiting arena.

"You get tired of hearing the same things over and over," Freeze said.

Freeze's high-tempo offense woke up the fan base and made the Rebels more competitive on the field. Quarterback Bo Wallace is back and should be healthier after undergoing offseason surgery for a collarbone injury.

"In this league to have an experienced quarterback is invaluable," Freeze said.

Freeze said Ole Miss has made progress in academics and with off-the-field discipline.

"We're not all the way there yet, but we're certainly a lot further along in the area of personal accountability than we were a year ago," he said.

The Rebels are undergoing a $12 million upgrade that will improve the indoor practice facility, weight room and athletic dining hall.

"It's a mess right now around the place but it's certainly something we're going to be extremely proud of," Freeze said.


Deal ends 08.31.13


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