BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Steamy hot conditions gave way to a cool day on Wednesday and the Ole Miss football team welcomed the change in the weather as they hit the practice field.
With a solid defensive unit returning, the competition between the offense and defense has been tough.
Offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, "Each day is a battle and every competition we have has been close. We feel like if we can compete and play well against our defense we should be able to compete with anybody."
There's no question Evan Engram is the Rebels top tight end and one of the premier tight ends in the country, but Oxford native and former high school quarterback Jeremy Liggins is ready to serve as a solid backup.
"Jeremy is big and physical and picked right up from where he left off last year. "said Werner. "There is a lot of carry over and we're pleased with that from him, but we're really pleased with the entire group."
Ole Miss football fans are following the progress of the quarterback competition closely. Werner said the competition remains close and so far no one has separated himself from the pack.
Co-defensive coordinator Jason Jones has been impressed with the play of Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard.
"Both are still learning the defense but out there competition, "stated Jones. "They are making plays and we're continuing to bring them along by getting them in the film room. We're looking to get them to the point where they aren't thinking. Both are what we need size-wise and speed-wise and they will help our football team."
According to Jones junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is back to his old self, making outstanding catches and plays all throughout camp and he's taking hits.
Former Gulfport High standout, Matt Luke, the Rebels offensive line coach says Justin Bell is vying for the backup role at center and Javon Patterson is pushing for a starting spot.
"I'm pleased with the competition and with Javon getting reps, "said Luke. "It just creates a lot of competition and increases accountability in guys trying to do things the right way."
Luke says Laremy Tunsil is about 90 percent and has been looking good in practice.
Mike Hilton, the Chucky Mullins award winner, has been displaying leadership helping the cornerbacks acclimate to the system and helping them get adjusted for the upcoming season.