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Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

On preparing for Georgia Tech: "Preparing for them is a whole different animal from what we have seen this year. We didn't have anyone on the schedule that was remotely similar to them offensively, so it's a great challenge. Even though we have had extra time, and our kids have done as good a job trying to prepare as we can, there's no way we can simulate the speed at which they do it. Hopefully, we can adjust to the speed of the game before too much damage is done. If you watch them, they're very good at jumping out on top because of how well they do what they do.

"Defensively, they remind me a lot of some of the teams we have played. They are very, very sound and make you earn every point you get. They give up very few big plays, have a tremendous pass rusher who gives you problems and they stop the run, and those are the teams we have struggled with this year when they stop the run."

On the importance of the game: "Particularly at this stage of where we are in our program, I don't want make too much or too little of one game. This is one game, and it's important, and I know both teams are going to want to win. It would certainly be very advantageous for us to win. It will help us in the offseason and help us have a different feeling in the way we ended the season. It helps us in recruiting. But at the same time, it is just one game, and we're playing a quality opponent. You want to play in these games, but you can be beaten by those teams. There's no way we're going to define ourselves by whether this game goes our way or the other way."

On freshman tight end Evan Engram: "He was sore this morning. He's going to give it a go. We'll see how healthy he can be. We have not asked him to block a five technique yet in too extreme conditions. That will happen Monday, and I'm not sure how he will do. It's good to have him back. We changed some when we lost him so it's good to have him back. He's going to push through it. How many snaps he can really go? I don't know. He has not played in eight to nine weeks now. That's a lot of time off."


Ole Miss junior quarterback Bo Wallace

On preparing for Georgia Tech: "We're prepared. We have had a little more time to prepare for them, and we have taken advantage of it. I'm just excited to go play the game."

On playing close to home: "It's fun. I love Nashville. I love Tennessee. I live 40 minutes from here, so I will have a lot of family and friends here. I'm excited about it, and I grew up going and watching the Titans play, so it will be cool to play in their stadium."

On the offensive line injuries: "It hurts to have Laremy (Tunsil) out and have Aaron (Morris) and those guys out. We have had to deal with that all year. We have some new things going into the run game that we're excited about.

On the importance of the game: "It's huge. It gives us momentum into recruiting and gets the bad taste out of our mouths from the Egg Bowl. We really need to win this game."

More from defensive coordinator Dave Wommack

On preparing for the Georgia Tech option attack: "It's still a little disadvantage because they do thousands and thousands of reps and we've had somewhere around 450 reps. Our guys have really taken on the challenge and are looking forward to it. We're going to execute really well."

On how Georgia Tech differs from when he was on staff there: "They've changed a little bit. There are a few more formations, but the basis of it, the true triple option and the trap option and that kind of thing, is the same. They throw it a little bit more than they used to with this quarterback, as far as tendencies are concerned. It's a bowl game. You can expect anything."

On what they have gained preparing for Georgia Tech: "We have gotten a lot out of it from the standpoint of learning to play cut blocks better. We're putting our eyes in the right place. All those things carry over. Tackling, too. It's still football for us. Our guys have really taken a hold of what we're wanting to do and executing."




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