Ole Miss defensive tackle Breeland Speaks might miss the season opener against Florida State in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 5, coach Hugh Freeze told the media on Monday. Speaks was arrested on March 4 on DWI charges.
“Breeland’s practicing. He’s ready to go, as normal,” Freeze told reporters Monday. “There are consequences, and I have them laid out. I’ve told him what they are, but when I discipline my three girls, I don’t tell everybody what that is. I try to keep it that way because they’re like my kids. You don’t stop loving your kids when they make a poor choice or a bad decision, but there are consequences. He’ll handle them. He knows it was a mistake, and he’s well aware of it.”
Speaks’ punishment has already been handed down, and his status for the season opener hinges on how the rising sophomore responds to the guidelines placed before him.
“It’s outlined clearly,” Freeze said. “There’s a way that it may not, but there’s a way that it could also.”
Speaks had limited snaps last season, but the Jackson, Miss., native is expected to replace Robert Nkemdiche, who left Ole Miss after declaring for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Speaks totaled 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups in 2015.
You can watch Freeze’s full gathering with the media below, courtesy of Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: