Ole Miss hit the practice field in pads for the first time on Monday

Ole Miss hit the practice field in pads for the first time on Monday

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze tried to beat the heat by getting his Rebels out on the practice field at 10 a.m. Monday.  It was still hot.

Ole Miss practiced in pads for almost three hours on the practice fields adjacent to the Manning Center.

Freeze said, "I think there's a lot of carryover from spring with the older guys that I'm very happy with.  I see a tremendous amount of effort.  Their attitude has been great.  I really believe our team can take a stand if they understand that what comes out of these 23 days of camp before we get into game week will have a direct impact when the time comes."

So how is the quarterback race developing?

According to Freeze, all three competitors...sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade and junior college transfer Chad Kelly are getting snaps and showing off their abilities.

"I've seen some really good things and some inconsistent things, "stated Freeze.  "It's kind of the same as springs.  On a certain day or certain drill, you feel better about one more than the others.  One of the big things is when we do put the ball down, no scrip, 1st-and-10, let's move the football team...We'll do that several times this fall.  Those will be the good indicators."

Coach directed his players not to tackle anyone to the ground because Freeze doesn't want to risk injuries.

Sophomore defensive tackle Herbert Moore tore his ACL over the weekend when a teammate fell on his leg.

Despite a hamstring issue, junior tight end Jeremy Liggins received praise from Freeze saying he's been catching the ball well.

Lamar transfer Dillon Barrett is also making an impression at tight end.

Sophomore Rod Taylor practiced with the first string at right guard on Monday and has had a good share of time with the first unit over the first five days of camp.

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