Q&A with Ole Miss beat writer Alford 

June, 19, 2012
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Each week at TideNation we will speak with a writer who covers one of Alabama's 2012 opponents. Today we spoke with Parrish Alford, who covers all things Ole Miss for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Question: What has been your impression of Hugh Freeze in his first year at Ole Miss? How are players reacting to him personally, as well as his change in coaching philosophy?

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AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisRandall Mackey is expected to play a number of different positions in 2012.
Alford: My impression of Hugh has been one of a tireless worker with an incredibly difficult task. He's a high-energy guy who relates well with players. There seems to be more accountability for the players and therefore more effort from the players. He seems to have gotten off to a good start in recruiting. If he can keep it up, that will serve the Rebels well in the long term.
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Kaylee Hartung reports from Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Crimson Tide are preparing for an SEC showdown with Florida.
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