Ole Miss Vs. UCA Postgame Quotes



Sept. 1, 2012

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Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

Opening Statement
“We’re thrilled to get a win. Wins are important, no matter who they’re against or when they occur. We’ve been in this long enough to know that, and the joy that’s in that locker room right now is special. The kids are having a blast in there, and it’s been a while since they’ve been able to rejoice, so I’m very excited for them. We have got a long way to go, and we look forward to getting back to work next week for UTEP. I’m very, very happy for our young men and our coaches and the Rebel Nation that we can start the season 1-0.”

On adjustments in the second half
“Dave (Wommack) made a lot of adjustments defensively. We didn’t make a lot offensively. It was just execution. The times we didn’t do well in the first half, we had some blown assignments up front and some gap schemes that allowed some run-throughs.  That gave us some negative plays, and we didn’t protect very well there at the end of the first half. Offensively, we didn’t do a lot. We hit them for two touchdowns. Other than that, that’s the only thing we did offensively. We played a lot of young kids. They were hyped and excited and we were a little undisciplined with our eyes defensively, and that cost us some. We’ll go back to making sure our kids understand that’s not acceptable. We have to play better fundamentally for the entire game. We can’t do that against teams in our conference and have a chance.”

On settling on a starting QB
“Bo started this game, and he’ll start the next one.  But again, I’m not ready to say that Barry is out of it. Barry did some real nice things too, but certainly Bo had a great game, and I’ve always known that he’s a gamer.”

Ole Miss Offensive Players

QB Bo Wallace

On feeling of win
“We came out, and the receivers did a good job.  The offensive line protected me well and it was really fun out there. It feels good to get the win, but we have to get back to work. We’ll celebrate this tonight and get back to the film room tomorrow.”

On the TD run
“That’s how the play was designed, and we ran it well.”

On the TD pass to (Donte) Moncrief
“He just beat his man and I got him the ball. He did a great job.”

QB Barry Brunetti

On his TD run and overall game
“Before I came into the game, our team was doing a great job with the flow of the game.  When I got in, I just tried to do what was asked and get the job done. They were great.”

On the TD pass to Jamal
“It felt great. Being from the same hometown, it felt good. He’s a great receiver and he made a great catch.”

On halftime adjustments
“Coach Freeze was great! He came in, he didn’t panic. He told us that we needed to find something in us to win, and that’s what we did. No one panicked. We got everything going and got the win.”

RB Korvic Neat

On first game
“It felt good. We worked hard all summer for this, and we came out and got the win.”

On preparing for next week
“We just take it one day at a time and prepare like we would for any other game. We have to practice hard and get ready at the end of the week.”

Ole Miss Defensive Players

Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche

On feeling of first win
“It feels amazing, it feels good to win again.”

On preparations for UTEP
“We have to get back in the film room, and pay attention to every word that coach says.  They’re a very smart team, we have to prepare for them.”

Defensive back Dehendret Collins

On feeling of first win
“I came out excited and ready to play.  It feels great to get a win.”

On preparations for UTEP
“We have to practice every day to get better.”

Defensive end CJ Johnson

On getting first win
“It feels good.  It’s always hard to go out and win that first game, but it gives you a lot of confidence.  We fought a lot of adversity in the first half, we had to battle in the second half.  We played a lot better in the second half and showed a lot of character.”

UCA Head Coach Clint Conque

On game
“I thought that we prepared well, we came in with a purpose. Our gameplan was good on both sides of the football, and I thought we executed that plan fairly well. I didn’t think we executed our plan as well in the second half. Ole Miss found a rhythm on offense, and their size wore us down a bit. After they scored on the opening drive, we had an opportunity on third and two, but we didn’t execute that third down. I thought that was a key play in the entire game. We needed to establish some field position and keep our defense on the sidelines. We will learn and grow from it. We came here to win a football game, but we knew this was going to be a tough environment. Ole Miss’s offensive and defensive line, that’s where the game was won, we just couldn’t keep our offensive line on the field.  

QB Wynrick Smothers

On the first series
“It felt pretty good. It was a great experience to come to Oxford and have over a thousand fans but we weren’t worrying about that. We were worrying about executing our plan. It felt really good to have the first drive. It was a great feeling in the beginning, but of course you have to finish it.  We didn’t do that.”

On second half
“I couldn’t pin point one thing that was different in the second half, we felt a good deal of pressure. Their defensive line stepped it up a bit, and their offensive line, they just wore us out.”

LB Justin Heard

On difference between first and second half
“I think we played well the first half, the second half wore us down. We just need to come back and finish it.”

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