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Time to Take a Stand

It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in school history and earned a bid to a New Year's Six bowl, Coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebs got back to work in the spring and have continued to work hard throughout fall training camp. The 2015 Rebels are anxious to run out on Hollingsworth Field inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this Saturday, the beginning of chapter four in the Freeze era.

"We are really, really excited to get it going, as I'm sure every team is," noted Coach Freeze. "We feel as though we have had a successful camp and now it is time to play."

The Rebels' fourth-year head coach fielded questions from the media on Monday, the first weekly press conference of the year
. The team's theme this year is "Take a Stand," and Freeze is optimistic that accountability from everyone will lead to a successful season.

"I like what I have seen in our attitude. I like the way we have taken care of business in fall camp - I just think when you talk about accountability, great teams understand that," said Freeze.

A veteran cast returns to help uphold that accountability. Three-year starting quarterback Bo Wallace is gone, but 18 starters are back, including seven from the nation's top scoring defense that limited opponents to 16.0 ppg last season. Five Rebels were named preseason first team All-Americans, while several others collected preseason All-SEC accolades. All five preseason All-Americans hail from the highly touted 2013 recruiting class and are now upperclassmen as juniors. One of those juniors Rebel Nation is excited to see return is wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. After suffering a gruesome leg injury against Auburn last season, Treadwell is healthy and ready to get back to action.

"I look forward to us throwing it to him for the first time, taking a hit, going to the ground and then bouncing back up and lining up for the next play," said Freeze. "I think that will bring a weird kind of smile to my face. I'll know that he's back."

The amount of talent returning is impressive, but there are also newcomers looking to make an instant impact. On offense, look for freshman Javon Patterson to start at left guard. On the other side of the ball, Tony Bridges has led the secondary in interceptions during fall camp. The JUCO transfer plans to fill the void left by All-American Senquez Golson, who is now a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Of course, the biggest question throughout the offseason has been who will replace Wallace at quarterback. The Ole Miss record holder in career total offense left some big shoes to fill, and three quarterbacks have been in competition for the job. Freeze announced today that JUCO transfer Chad Kelly will take the first snaps with the starters in practice and most likely lead the Rebel offense in its first series on Saturday. However, Kelly has not been named the official starter. Freeze expects both Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade to play Saturday, and he is confident with whoever is out there leading the way.

"It is a very close competition. I like all three. All three of them have different qualities that they bring," explained Freeze.

No matter who is at quarterback, the Rebels will be playing in front of a packed crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. Season tickets were sold out for the third straight season with a record 52,375 tickets purchased, the most season tickets sold in school history. Increasing attendance at football games has become the new normal at Ole Miss.

It all begins on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. From the players on the field to the fans in the stands, the Ole Miss family will come together as the 2015 football season kicks off against UT Martin.

Time to Take a Stand!

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    Tiffany J. Moore said:

    This is amazing with what he have done so far! Hope that he'll achieve more in the future!

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    Fiftyyears fan said:

    How can you have five straight top 25 recruiting classes and look as bad as Ole Miss has this year. Easy lack of coaching fundamentals. Look at Mason at Vandy, nothing but 2 and 3 star recruits out of high school and he developers players that want to win. Hugh freeze has 3, 4 & 5 recruits and he expects them to win because of what they were in High School. Mr. Freeze you have not been teaching the fundamentals of football or winning in life. Mr. Freeze you have quit on your players because you have some false expectations of what they are instead of what you can develop in them. Either do your job or quit. Oh yea, please quit running your smoke and mirrors offense, everyone has figured it out. Run a physical offense that can open up holes for your running backs and then your pass attack want require 12 are 14 four and five star receivers. Mr. Freeze you have problems and you need to know that you are not smarter than the rest of the coaches in the SEC.

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    Karen Holden said:

    Not every pass can be caught. Too low, too short whatever. Not every Kelly pass is perfect. Records were broken by receivers also. But they sre not going to catch every ball thrown. The loss to Auburn was not one players fault. You win or lose as a team.

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    Hey I was just wandering if these are the only 2 olemiss players signing. If there are more signing please respond to me ASAP. Also wondering if neil everett will sign any autographs. Thank you very much

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