HOOVER, Ala. -- In the last rendition of shoe wars between coaches in the Southeastern Conference, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze brought exactly what you'd expect Freeze to bring: "Johnston Murphy's.
"I'm a pretty simple guy," began Freeze on the shoes. "I'm going to wear my Johnston Murphy's from Williams Brothers store, the general store down in Philadelphia, Mississippi. You should try the baloney and bacon there for sure too. It's quite fine."
Fine is how Laquon Treadwell's ankle is doing, too, if you were wondering. In one of the biggest games in the Southeastern Conference last year against Auburn, the Ole Miss Rebels' star wide receiver broke his leg.
According to Freeze, the recovery has gone extremely well -- as has Denzel Nkemdiche's ankle -- and he's even lost some weight to become more explosive.
Losing Bo Wallace will assumedly be some sort of blow, but having a target like Treadwell will remain a huge bonus.
"I'm anxious to get pads on him and see how he responds when the ball's a little high and in traffic," said Freeze of Treadwell. "That kid is extremely determined to make a full recover, and I think he has. So we're excited."
. @CoachHughFreeze on media voting: "I don't know that that's even possible. ... Y'all have had a long week."— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 16, 2015
Chad Kelly, the transfer from Clemson, has jumped onto the scene as a possible signal-caller. According to Evan Engram, he's making smart decisions and is doing really well.
"Last year, we really didn't have a consistent deep threat ball, and he has a really strong arm," Engram said of Kelly. "I think he can bring that aspect to the game this year."
Picked to finish 5th in the East by the media here in Hoover, Freeze's knows it'll be hard to duplicate last year's success.
Laremy Tunsil -- an offensive lineman for the Rebels that was awarded SEC All-Freshman honors last year -- was involved in an altercation and domestic-type incident last week along with accusations of agent involvement. As domestic violence issues became a talking point throughout media days, Freeze addressed this.
"There's very little to report," he said of the ongoing investigation. "We obviously will cooperate fully with, whether it's the NCAA process or the law enforcement process, we will cooperate full with that."
He also added, "I'm very confident in the person that Laremy Tunsil is too, and we look forward to that coming to a conclusion at whatever time is appropriate."
Like his selection of Johnston and Murphy's Freeze won't wow you with anything ultra spectacular. He sticks to the script, stays the course and like all, is ready for the football season to begin.