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Rebels heal up, Arkansas game time announced

With the bye week, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the media via a teleconference on Monday afternoon to discuss the team’s plans for the week
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Saturday’s 41-20 win over Auburn came at a good time for the Ole Miss football team. They get to enjoy their first conference win of the season, which broke a 16-game SEC losing skid, for another week with the bye week.
 
“We’re obviously thrilled to get that first SEC win, to go into an open week and build upon it,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “Recruiting on the road seems to be a little better when you’re coming off of a conference one, particularly when it is our first in a while at Ole Miss. 
 
“Obviously, we’re not there yet, but we were good enough Saturday to win and hopefully, we can build on it.” 
 
Freeze said they will take a lot of time this week to meet with the academic staff to make sure the team stays out of the trouble they were in when Freeze took over the program.
 
“I want to remind everyone that we inherited a bad situation academically with about 25 kids,” he said. “Just because we were able to get them eligible doesn’t mean we’re out of the danger zone with them. We’re spending an hour on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the academic staff and our kids.”
 
The first-year head coach also said they would allow some players to rest. On Thursday, Freeze noted the guys who receive a lot of playing time will have a short workout, while the scout team and redshirted guys will have a scrimmage.
 
Freshman defensive back Mike Hilton, sophomore offensive guard Aaron Morris and senior tight end Jamal Mosley were all banged up in the game this past Saturday against Auburn, but Freeze said all should be OK.
 
Hilton has a concussion and is in the process of going through his second stage of tests before being released for practice. Morris suffered an arm injury, and X-rays came back negative, according to Freeze. Mosley has a tender knee, and it was drained.
 
“He’s going to be OK and will finish the year,” Freeze said of Mosley. “He might have a slight tear or something, but he’s not going to miss anything. He just may be tender from time to time.” 
 
Aside from injuries, Freeze said the focus is on getting better. The Rebels travel to Little Rock, Ark., to face Arkansas on Oct. 27, and Ole Miss has a lot of work to do between then and now.
 
“There have been areas from week to week that we’ve struggled at in the previous game,” Freeze said. “In most instances we’ve been able to correct those. That’s a sign of a team that is continuing to improve. There’s always room for improvement. We’ve got to improve on some special teams stuff, first down production on both sides and third downs. 
 
“I know that the kids are continuing to give us great attitude and great effort. That’s what we’ve got to continue to build upon and us putting together a game plan that can be effective against other teams.”
 
Rose honored
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For his performance in the Rebels’ 41-20 win over Auburn, Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose was named Southeastern Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
 
Rose scored 11 points against the Tigers, going a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs and 2-for-2 on field goals, connecting from 39 and 28 yards. He also averaged 56.7 yards on seven kickoffs, recording three touchbacks.
 
Ole Miss-Arkansas game time announced
 
Kickoff for the Ole Miss Rebels’ Oct. 27 game at Arkansas has been set for 11:21 a.m. CT, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. 
 
The game will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It will be televised by the SEC Network. 
 
Ole Miss Sports Information contributed to this report
 
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