SEC Media Days: Ole Miss avoiding expectations game

HOOVER, Alabama — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he always tells his players, “Unrealistic expectations always produce frustration.”

His players representing the Rebels at SEC Media Days on Tuesday seemed to stick resolutely to that message.

“I don’t care in what area of life that you’re in, if you have an unreal expectation and it does not come to pass, you get very frustrated,” Freeze said.

Ole Miss finished the 2012 season 7-6, including a season-ending win against rival Mississippi State and a BBVA Compass Bowl win against Pittsburgh.

“We were very fortunate in Year 1,” Freeze said. “I would not be quite truthful to stand here and tell you we didn’t have some fortune go our way. We started the same five offensive linemen every single game. That doesn’t happen usually in these days and times at any level.”

Freeze made a splash on the recruiting trail, signing a consensus top-five class in February. But he cautioned that those players would take time to contribute.

“We have made strides,” Freeze said. “But, again, those young men we’ve recruited to help us with our depth issues, they’re 18-year-old kids. How quick they’ll adjust to this game and this league, you really don’t know.”

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