When the news broke Monday night that Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil would return to action against Texas A&M, the entire Rebel football program got a much-needed boost.
“Anytime you have things that are going on in your program that you really have zero control over, it’s not the most comfortable feeling,” coach Hugh Freeze said to reporters on Tuesday. “That one seemed to go on for a long time, and you weren’t exactly sure why it was going on that length of time. So, we’re very relieved to get the answer, it be over, move on and get him ready to play.”
Tunsil got practice reps with the second string Tuesday for part of the practice, but the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder spent the majority of practice doing conditioning work.
Freeze is still uncertain of Tunsil’s physical shape with next week’s home game against Texas A&M looming, but he knows he’ll be in there on the first snap.
“It’s hard to tell. He looks great,” Freeze said. “He’s got fresh legs, so as soon as he gets in there, he looks really good. Can he sustain that for 40, 50, 60 plays a game? I don’t know yet. That’ll be something we really dig into next week.”
Freeze noted that Tunsil is also very relieved that the process is over, and the Ole Miss coach even admitted that while he doesn’t think the longevity of the process impacted the team it might have had a bit of an influence on him.
“It probably bothered me more than when I was in front of the team or the staff,” Freeze said. “It didn’t seem to be a huge distraction, but it was something that was just kind of hovering over whether you’re talking to media or going uptown to get something to eat. You’re going to get asked that question. It was just kind of hovering.”
Now that the process is over, Freeze is focused on moving forward. Luckily for Ole Miss, they’ll have Tunsil on the left side of its offensive line to battle Texas A&M’s star defensive end Myles Garrett.
Below is video of Freeze’s availability with the media Tuesday thanks to Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: