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'It's time'

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze held his first press conference of the 2012 season on Monday afternoon. Freeze has yet to name a starting quarterback and said both will play the first two weeks of the season.

 
With the kickoff of his first season as the head coach at Ole Miss just a few days away, it’s clear that Hugh Freeze is just ready to play a game. 
 
His players are ready as well, as Freeze said “you see a little bounce in their step and a little change in attitude” when game week comes around. 
 
“I’m so sick of practice," he said. "I’m so sick of the interviews that you have that people want to know the same thing. You really want to get to the game and talk about how this person did instead of what we expect.
 
“I think it’s time for everyone to get on the field and see who is going to perform well.”
 
Looking ahead to Central Arkansas
 
Ole Miss began installing the game plan for Central Arkansas last week, a team that Freeze knows very well from his one year at the helm at Arkansas State.
 
The Red Wolves beat Central Arkansas 53-24, racking up 646 total yards, including 375 yards on the ground. Even with the large margin of victory, Freeze realized quickly that they were “very well coached.”
 
“I played them last year, so I’m very familiar with [Central Arkansas head] coach [Clint] Conque and the job he’s done there," he said. "I was real impressed with the scheme he had, particularly offensively, for us. He moved the ball on us doing some things that we had not seen him do that he schemed up for our guys.”
 
While Freeze has the benefit of having played the Bears a year ago, an influx of talent for Central Arkansas makes them “a little unknown.”
 
“They’ve got quite a few Division I transfers as always, and they’re going to get those from year to year,” Freeze said. “Those are quality players that for whatever reason didn’t work out at their schools that we’ll have to contend with.”
 
Schematically, he sees a team that isn’t too different on the field from Ole Miss. 
 
“They’re very similar to us,” Freeze said. “One-back, zone runs, some quarterback runs, and [Conque's] got some really nice pass concepts. Defensively, they play a 4-2-5 also.”
 
Rebels release depth chart
 
After declining to do so during camp, Ole Miss released the first depth chart of the season Monday afternoon. However, it may have created more questions than answers. 
 
The Rebels refused to name starters at quarterback, first-team running back, third-team running back, the outside wide receiver spot opposite sophomore Donte Moncrief, both safety spots, stinger, kick returner and punt returner. 
 
Instead, the Rebels used “OR” 10 times. Freeze said he just doesn’t put much stock into depth charts at this point of the season. 
 
“I don’t really get caught up in depth charts; I really don’t,” Freeze said. “I want to know who can play; how many guys you’ve got that can play at your position.”
 
As far as the quarterbacks, Freeze said a decision on who will receive the first snaps in Saturday's game will come “somewhere around Wednesday.” 
 
At running back, Freeze expects “four of them to get action and to get carries.”
 
“Kind of depends on how much tempo we’re in," Freeze said. "(We) probably can’t go more than five or six plays consecutively if we’re in (that) mode. I expect for (Randall Mackey), I’Tavius (Mathers), and Jaylen (Walton) to all get carries, and if Jeff (Scott) is healthy, he’ll be in that mix.”
 
Notes:
 
* Freeze hasn’t made a final decision on senior tight end Jamal Mosley, who has been indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules. He practiced all during fall camp, and “he’s done everything we’ve asked of him to this point,” according to Freeze. 
 
* Ole Miss’ secondary will get a big boost this week as junior safety Charles Sawyer and senior cornerback Wesley Pendleton are set to return to practice action today after suffering injuries during camp. Sophomore cornerback Cliff Coleman is a possibility to return as well, but the timetable on when that will happen isn't certain. 
 
* Junior running back Jeff Scott, who was hurt multiple times during camp, could see his playing time Saturday become “very limited” if he isn’t taking repetitions during practice by Wednesday, according to Freeze. 
 
* Seven true freshmen are listed on the depth chart with Issac Gross listed as the first-team nose tackle ahead of seniors Gilbert Pena and Uriah Grant. Wide receiver Cody Core (third team), Ben Still (third team), Maikhail Miller (third team), Mathers (third team), Walton (third team) and safety Trae Elston (third team) are also listed.
 
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