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Practice moves inside, starting QB to be announced today

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Three days away from the season opener against Central Arkansas, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze decided to move practice indoors Wednesday afternoon to get his players out of the heat and give them a little treat.
 
“Just wanted to get them out of the heat a little bit,” Freeze said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s cooler inside, and I felt like throwing them a little bone like that would bring a little more energy to practice. It’s been a long four weeks just like everybody. They’re ready to play, and anything we can do to motivate them to get a little more out of them I think is good.”
 
Freeze said the team is starting to steadily regain their legs and should be fully recovered by kickoff Saturday.
 
“Things are coming back,” he said. “Things are getting where they need to be. I trust (strength and conditioning coach) Paul (Jackson) a lot with that. We shortened practices this week, and tomorrow will be even shorter. I think they will be fresh and ready to go.”
 
Freeze to name starting quarterback Thursday, Scott ‘doubtful’ for Saturday
 
During Monday’s press conference, Freeze said he anticipated naming a starting quarterback by Wednesday. However, the decision is expected to be announced Thursday after the staff gets together Wednesday night to make their final decision.
 
“We will get together tonight and make a decision,” Freeze said in Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “It’ll be announced tomorrow.”
 
Junior running back Jeff Scott, who is day-to-day with a lower back injury is “doubtful in my opinion,” according to Freeze. Scott has been battling the injury for three weeks and has been limited in practices.
 
“I’m not real confident Jeff will play this Saturday as of right now,” Freeze said in Wednesday’s teleconference. “We had some more tests run this morning on his lower back and just don’t know exactly what is going on there. He still could play, but I’m not real confident as of today.”
 
Freeze and his staff have also yet to make a decision on the pending suspension of senior tight end Jamal Mosley. Mosley was arrested earlier this summer, and Freeze said his staff won’t make a decision until Saturday.
 
“He’s still got some time between now and then to prove he is going to be accountable,” Freeze said.
 
Wommack seeks improvement on defense
 
Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was pleased with the progress of the Ole Miss defense after Thursday’s practice but said that they don’t know everything just yet.
 
“I think we’ve narrowed down some of the things we are doing on defense,” Wommack said. “They’re getting closer and closer. We still have some mental work to do, but they’re practicing hard, and I think we are going to play extremely hard. So, we’re getting there.”
 
One player on the defensive side for the Rebels who has shined this camp is redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche, who is currently in a battle with senior Aaron Garbutt at the stinger linebacker position. Nkemdiche said he came into camp trying to make an impact.
 
“I came into camp real focused and ready to get after it,” he said. “With a new coaching staff and new scheme, anybody is going to be able to play right now, and we have a lot of great linebackers in the room.”
 
Nkemdiche was redshirted last season but said he is excited about making his debut for Ole Miss on Saturday. 
 
“I’m just trying to take it in,” Nkemdiche said. “Try to play for my teammates and stay focused. I’m trying to do it for them, step up and become a leader at a young age.”
 
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