Ole Miss vs. South Alabama Post Game Quotes
Sept. 2, 2017

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes 

Ole Miss vs. South Alabama 

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss. 

Sept. 2, 2017 

  

Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke 

Opening statement… 

“It was a good win. Very emotional at first, but once you kickoff, football is football. Just really happy for these kids. Everyone was saying hey congratulations coach, but it is not about me, it is about those kids in there. They have been through a lot and I am really proud of the effort they showed.” 

On keeping his emotions in check… 

“It was good, when I first walked out of the tunnel they were playing 'I’m coming home' or something, it was really emotional. But once the game got going, you kind of get settled in. I felt like I was able to make good in-game decisions and I am really pleased with the way we performed.” 

On getting a game ball… 

“No this is the game ball, Javon (Patterson) gave this to me after the game, so I am probably going to hang on to this one.” 

On A.J. Brown's performance… 

“I tell you what, he sparked us early in the second half. He made two big-time plays, and that is what good players do, and he sparked us. There have been a lot of good receivers around here, but to have the single-game record, that is pretty special.” 

On A.J. Brown breaking Eddie Small's receiving yards record… 

“Eddie Small, ok, I think I might have had an Eddie Small jersey back in the day.” 

On holding South Alabama to field goals... 

"They got down there three times and we stopped them. I was really pleased to see that because that's not what we saw last year. I thought that was different. Them bowing their neck and holding them to a field goal. That's huge. I am very pleased with them bowing their neck and keeping them out of there."  

On Josiah Coatney... 

"I thought he made some big plays down there on the goal line. I think he had a couple tackles for loss, but I was very pleased with him." 

On the receiver's position... 

"That's the beauty of the offense. I think we need to get our run game going a little bit more. We need to go watch the tape and figure out how to be more efficient in the run game, but Shea (Patterson) was throwing a lot of the balls off the run game where he was throwing the pass, but we will look at the tape and clean it up." 

On Shea Patterson's play tonight... 

"I thought it was solid. I think we had the one turnover, but it was very solid. I am very impressed with him, anytime you throw for 400 yards. He scrambled around and made some plays, but the thing you have to remember is that he is a sophomore and is only going to get better and better. We will look at the tape and get all of the little mistakes cleaned up and get the next one." 

On the joy that comes with his first game... 

"Yeah just special to have my family here for this moment. It was special for my family and good to walk through The Grove with my two boys and have them in the locker room after the game."  

  

Ole Miss Student-Athletes 

#1, A.J. Brown, WR 
 On the new season... 

"We are just ready to play football. With all the talk around us and everybody talking about us we didn’t want to worry about what people say, we just wanted to play." 

On how he would describe his play... 

"Strong, physical, hard to tackle and strong hands, just trying to get open." 

On his ability to go across the middle and not be afraid of contact... 

"I wouldn’t say afraid, nobody wants to get hit in the face, but I am not afraid to go across the middle because I am a bigger guy." 

On if tonight's game was a relief... 

"It was. It took a little while for the game to come along when we were just sitting in the hotel room chilling. It was a relief just to play this game." 

On Coach Matt Luke's first game... 

"Me, personally, I really knew that the players were going to come out and play for him, 110-percent effort every play, I just knew it. You can tell it is a different vibe." 

#20, Shea Patterson, QB 
 On overall thoughts of the game… 

“It was just fun getting out there with my teammates. Obviously A.J. (Brown) had a huge night. I had the offensive line up there protecting me so that made my job a lot easier." 

On the receivers... 

"Someone is going to be open and it's all about finding the right one. There's always going to be something there, just have to take what they give you." 

On what this first game meant to him... 

"It really just felt great to go out there and control what we can control and that is to play. With all this stuff going on in the offseason and this summer, it was out of our hands, but once we put that ball down it was in our hands and in our control. I think that's what we focused on the most, was playing our game and doing what we love. I came out for my brothers that I love, my coaches that I love and a university that I love. We had fun."  

On how he has improved since last season... 

"Just experience. I am going to go to the film room and watch the tape and the biggest transition for me will be from week one to week two, that's when you really get better." 

 

South Alabama Head Coach Joey Jones 

Opening Statement... 

“First of all, I thought our guys fought their tails off tonight—throughout the whole ball game that’s the first thing I asked them to do. The goal on defense was not to give them big plays, obviously we achieved that the first half, we did not achieve it the second half. We had a kickoff return for a touchdown; that was not good. But you know, the positive side, I think we held them at a 100 yards. rushing. I thought that offensively we rushed for 170-something against an SEC team; I thought that was really good. We had no turnovers and we had 22 yards in penalties, so a lot of positives from tonight. Obviously, we didn’t want to give them big plays, some of that was them. They have some great athletes, they have some future NFL players on that team I promise you. They kind big-played us and that was the difference in the ball game." 

On improvements in the rushing game... 

“Well I think we've got two really good running backs—Tra Minter and Xavier Johnson—and our offensive line is better. I knew we were going to find out tonight, one way or another about that. I thought we did a very good job in the first two series. The speed of the game kind of got to us. Those big, fast guys on defense got kind of shocked, but then we got settled in after that and started playing much better. I was real proud of the way we played offensively. To be able to score 27, possibly a chance to score 35 if we punched it in a couple times." 

On Cole Garvin... 

“I thought Cole played well, I didn’t really look at his stats but I know he played with guts, he made some really good throws, he ran the ball well. He didn’t have a deer-in-headlights look at all." 

On what he sees defensively and what he can use from tonight for Friday against Oklahoma State... 

“When you stop the run, you have the chance to beat a lot of people. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight. We gave up too many big plays, but within that we stopped the run like we did tonight you have the chance to win a lot of ball games. So, I feel good about that part of it. Again, on the flipside, I don’t feel good about the way we tackled, but if we can correct that we can be a pretty darn good football team."  

On how using the passing game attack can help for next weekend's play... 

“We saw some really good receivers tonight and I know that they got some really good ones as well. They have the No. 1 quarterback in the country, I believe. He’s a good one. They’re going to throw it they’re going to be hurrying up offense at every snap but I’m going to be looking at them in the morning. I know they’re very good." 

On Neiko Robinson... 

“No, not yet. I know it was an ankle injury. The X-rays were negative so I know we’ll just have to see where it goes from there.”  


South Alabama Student-Athletes 

#13, Cole Garvin, QB 
On his thoughts on the game... 

“We executed pretty well. Our only problem was we left stuff on the field. We left a bunch of third downs, we got inside the 3 twice and didn’t score. We just left a bunch of stuff down, but for the most part we executed pretty well.” 

On what was happening during the sequence where they scored two really quick and you guys got the field goal in between that on three and out, and then they scored again... 

“On the sideline we are just telling them we have to answer. So, like I said we tried, we executed, we just left stuff on the field in big time situations.”  

On if he felt comfortable playing... 

“Yeah it was fine, we just adjusted the first couple of drives and once you adjust you’re fine.”  

  

#1, Jeremy Reaves, S 
On his overall thoughts of the game... 

“I think defensively; I mean I take the blame for our defensive performance. That’s not what we expect out of ourselves from the back end. It’s kind of a letdown. Losing deep is hard, and I take that personally, I take that on my shoulders as far as what we did in the back end because they gassed us back there. They had a lot of big plays that hurt us in the long run.” 

On the positive moments of the game... 

“We had great energy, once we settled in we understood that we could play at a higher level. We started executing the game plan the way we wanted to and we were getting three-and-outs. We were just playing football. That was good to see, especially from the young guys. We’ve got a young secondary. Once they started to get adjusted and comfortable, it was good to see them start making plays too.” 

On how A.J. Brown compared to other players he has seen... 

“That dude is a freak of nature. I was telling coach on the sideline before the game was over ‘That’s the best we’ve ever played’. He is a freak of nature man. He’s a guy that’s hard to bring down by yourself. I’ve got to give that guy a lot of credit. He is going to go far in his career, in the NFL, and this year. I have the utmost respect for him and all of those receivers. All of those guys are big-time play makers and they deserve all the praise they get. Those guys are ballers.”  

On how to rebound from this first game... 

“We get in the film room. Get in the film room, and start back on the fundamentals starting tomorrow. Just worrying about ourselves and worrying about our jobs. We have to work on our technique and we have to take away the big plays. That’s what killed us this game, I think A.J. (Brown) had 233 receiving and those are some crazy numbers. That’s on us older guys back there, me and (Malcolm) Buggs we have got to start leading. I don’t know Neiko (Robinson)’s situation, but we have to step up now. We have to make some plays because that’s unacceptable for our secondary." 

  

#5, Malcolm Buggs, S 
On his reaction to the game... 

“I felt like we hung in there. We had it tied, or maybe down by three at halftime. We came out in the second half and gave up a couple of big plays due to tackling issues and not capitalizing on plays that we should have made. I give them credit, you know, they have some good receivers and a talented quarterback. But I feel like this loss is more on us than a credit to them.” 

On correcting the tackling issue... 

“It’s a fundamental thing. We are going to get back at it in practice. We have tackle circus, tackle drills where we do live tackling in our receivers. It’s something we all have to take personal, from the corners to the safeties to the line backers and D-line. We all just want to get better and we know that we can get better.” 

On rebounding from the first game... 

“We get in the film room. We get in the film room first and foremost. Elaborate on the things we did well, and correct the things that we didn’t do so well, which is tackling, not capitalizing on big plays that we should’ve made. We just take it personally and relay the message to our guys that we’re never defeated. We have a long season and we feel like we can be a great team.” 

 


 

 

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