Freeze: No decision yet on starting QB for Reb’s opener

Published 11:00 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hugh Freeze still hasn’t made up his mind.

Ole Miss’ coach began the week with Chad Kelly leading his three-man quarterback competition. Freeze said Kelly would take the first snap with the first-team offense during practice Monday and anticipated the junior college transfer taking the first snap in Saturday’s season opener against UT-Martin (11 a.m., SECN) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium unless something changed.

Following Wednesday’s practice, it had.

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“Today would be a different starter than what I thought yesterday,” Freeze said.

Kelly has been locked in a heated competition with third-year sophomores DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan since the spring with every rep each candidate takes being charted by the coaching staff. Freeze said Monday that Kelly had been more consistent in several categories in fall camp, but Buchanan and Kincade have kept the heat on during practice this week.

“It wasn’t that the other played quite as bad,” Freeze said. “Just had a few inaccurate throws, and then the other guy throws it really well.”

Freeze reiterated that all three will play Saturday regardless of who takes the field for the offense’s first series. That decision, Freeze said, will come today.

“Was enough done by tomorrow to change that? I don’t know,” Freeze said. “We’ll collectively make a decision. Ultimately it’s me, but we’ll decide that tomorrow for sure.”

Davis good to go

Coaches have used this week to determine if junior cornerback Carlos Davis’ broken finger will hinder his ability to return punts Saturday, but Freeze said he’s seen nothing to indicate Davis can’t handle it.

“He looked good in practice, so we’ll give him a shot to do it,” Freeze said.

‘Good week’ for WRs

Ole Miss’ wide receivers have drawn a constant ire from Freeze since the spring for their lack of consistency. Freeze said through the first couple of weeks of fall camp that the group was doing “OK,” but the wideouts may be getting closer to what Freeze wants as the first game looms.

“They’ve had a good week the last week,” Freeze said. “Camp was still some inconsistency. We’ve just continued to preach to them the expectations of that room, and I think they’ve had a better last week.”