BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Civic Center was the final destination, the 11th and final stop in the Rebel Road Trip. More than 150 alumni and fans turned out to hear Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze discuss the upcoming season and the projects for the Rebels football team.
Freeze signed autographs, took pictures and had a big smile on his face because his 2014 Rebels should be contenders in the highly competitive SEC West Division race. But he knows it won't be easy.
"Just because our people have expectations, so do everybody else in this conference. Their people have expectations. No one is going backwards," Freeze said. "I do know we're a much better football team then we were when I got here and I think we'll be highly competitive. That does mean the record reflects a lot more than that? I don't know because no one is getting worse."
The Rebels begin the season facing Boise State August 28 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome. Freeze said he wouldn't go into what he expects for the season, only that his team will be preparing for the season opener.
He admitted having a seasoned quarterback will have the Rebels cause. Bo Wallace is back for his senior season and having played two years in the Freeze offensive system will only give the Rebels an advantage against opposing defenses.
A number of teams in the SEC West will be starting inexperienced quarterbacks, including Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M.
However, Freeze cautioned that young quarterbacks coming in for the first time in the SEC have played well in the past and pointed out the exploits of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is projected to become a number one NFL Draft selection.
Ole Miss posted 8 wins and 5 losses last season and beat Georgia Tech in a bowl game.