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Published on September 29th, 2014 | by Carver Rayburn


Freeze: “I am going to enjoy this week… and maybe run the wishbone”

freeze tunnel1 WEBThe No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels are starting preparations for arguably the biggest game in it’s program’s history. The stage is set: ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from The Grove, CBS will air the game at 2:30 p.m. and Alabama moved up to No.1 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll this week.

It’s unfamiliar territory. Most head coaches would be intimidated or reserved.

Hugh Freeze is neither.

“I’m going to enjoy this,” Freeze told the media at his weekly press conference. “What a great opportunity. I am going to have fun and get our kids ready. We have come a long way in a short amount of time and it is happening fast.”

Freeze talked about the Ole Miss running game and how difficult it would be for the Rebels to be successful there.

“It’s going to be difficult, but the opportunity is there for us,” he said. “They are so well coached and two and three deep with some great players. We have to be balanced. It’s going to be a challenge.”

Last week, Ole Miss ran a fumblerooksi play against Memphis. When asked about his offensive scheme for Alabama, Freeze threw a wrench in the motor. No stealing signs this year Alabama.

“We are working on the wishbone,” Freeze said. “We want to bring that back….I’m kidding. I really don’t want to talk about our offensive plan…We expect to win and we expect to go compete and have a shot.”

At this point, it’s hard to tell if Freeze is kidding about the wishbone offense or not.


All Photos by Shelby Rayburn/The Local Voice.



Ole Miss vs. Memphis Photographs by Shelby Hooker Rayburn
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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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