Hugh Freeze has not been one to embrace being known as a “spread coach.” Often times, the spread is thought of as a gimmick offense that relies on trick plays, option quarterbacks and small running backs. The most common perception of the spread is that they can’t hang against top-flight SEC defenses.
Coach Freeze is quick to point out that the emphasis with his offense is playing to the teams strengths and playing at a higher tempo than the defense he faces. Whether Ole Miss runs a true “spread” offense or not, the idea will be to transition the Rebels from a mediocre wildcat, power run team to a dangerous, speed first team, that is capable of breaking the big play on every play.
This requires offensive lineman to ideally run 25-percent more plays per game, but to hopefully release blocks faster due to the quick passing and run attack Freeze is implementing. In the SEC, as the O-line goes, so goes the team. This team can only run as fast as the O-line will carry them.