Thursday, September 21, 2023

VIDEO >> Shepard Update, Progress Toward Season Opener

The Ole Miss Rebel Football team participated in a light workout Wednesday morning inside the Manning Center.
During practice, the Rebel offense, defense and special teams dressed out in red T-shirts and shorts.
Coach Hugh Freeze stated that the coaching staff is getting different opinions on Tee Shepard’s condition, but it doesn’t look good.
The location of the tear that happened in the tendon on his big toe is a rare injury, but the good news is that the defensive back’s tendon is not completely severed. Coaches say he could possibly push through and play with plans to repair the toe after the end of the season.
Problem with that strategy — Shepard might be able to endure the pain but the scar tissue that would likely form around the injury could hurt his future ability to play. That’s why Coach Freeze says the coaching staff will wait for a final recommendation from physicians.
Before practice began, Coach Freeze met with the media and answered questions about the Rebels defensive secondary, the progress of the rest of the team,  and ideas about how Ole Miss needs to improve execution moving toward the season opener in Atlanta with Boise State.
Freeze stressed efficiency on both sides of the ball, avoiding negative plays and ball security on offense. He emphasized playing with great passion on defense and creating turnovers. Here is the video of hiss press conference:

Junior tailback Jaylen Walton discussed what he learned from being around former Rebels Jeff Scott and Randal McKay.

On Saturday, fans are encouraged to come out and meet the Rebels
—Adam Brown, sports editor