For Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels, spring football practice has been interesting.
At Saturday's Grove Bowl (April 13), Rebel fans will get one last chance to see their club before ESPN's No. 5 recruiting class arrives in Oxford this summer. During the spring, Freeze and company have been able to evaluate a number of positions and players to better gauge team needs ahead of summer.
When 5-star signees like DE Robert Nkemdiche, OT Laremy Tunsil, WR Laquon Treadwell and S Tony Conner officially join the Rebels this summer, competition will reach a fever pitch in Oxford.
Without the services of starting QB Bo Wallace this spring (recovering from shoulder surgery), the Ole Miss offense has struggled at times to find an efficient flow. However, several players like linebacker D.T. Shackelford and CB Nick Brassell have provided bright spots for the team.
On Saturday, be sure to pay close attention to the following areas: quarterback, tight end, linebacker, cornerback and defensive line. While the Rebels will be analyzing potential starters at positions like reserve quarterback, tight end and cornerback, depth is a bigger concern at linebacker and on the defensive line.
Here's a preview of five areas to watch at Ole Miss' spring game on Saturday.