OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - When a team beats another team by 73 points there's not too much a head coach can say negative about his players. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze says the Rebels have put that game behind them and will move on to Fresno State. Freeze says the Fresno players love playing for coach DeRuyter and they love challenges.
He also said Fresno State loves playing in environments against schools people would consider the bigger schools. Freeze said Fresno State will use a spread offense and he's glad the game will be played in Oxford.
So how did the quarterback competition turn out after game one?
"I know this isn't probably the answer that everyone wants to hear, but I like all three right now. "stated Freeze. "Chad Kelly certainly played well. He did seem comfortable, probably much more comfortable than I anticipated him being. Love the way that he engaged with the defense and special teams. He's really into the game and a competitor, as are the other too. I thought Ryan Buchanana played well, I thought DeVante Kincade did some really nice things too.
Chad will start next game provided everything goes well this week. I like all three. I thought they played well as a unit."
Laquon Treadwell returned to the playing field and took his first licks after breaking his leg last season against Auburn. He played well, but displayed some rust, dropping a couple of balls thrown his way.
Freeze said, "I think he would be the first to tell you that he was a little rusty. He had a couple of balls that he typically would catch and he didn't. I was just like the crowd, excited to see his first catch, tackle, and bounce back up and play the next play."
Freeze played freshmen receivers DaMarkus Lodge and Van Jefferson. Freeze said, "Van has done well in the weight room. Just to be clear about redshirts, there isn't a date where you say that is done. You can decide any time over the course of a year if you are going to play a kid. So, you want them to keep working hard and stay motivated."
Offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil has been suspended until the NCAA makes a ruling on his eligibility.
"It's difficult, "stated Freeze. 'He's one of my favorite kids. I think he's a great kid. I love him dearly. It's difficult. We don't talk about it a whole lot. I communicated to him that we were going to be very cautious and sit him out. It hurts a guy like him. so we are just anxious for the end of that to come."
Would Freeze consider playing Tunsil before a ruling comes from the NCAA?
"I don't know, "said Freeze. 'I would have to feel very comfortable with that and know that our program wasn't at risk. That would have to come from our administration above me."