Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Wofford
Sept. 10, 2016

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes

Ole Miss vs. Wofford

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.

Sept. 10, 2016

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze 

On the game…

“Glad to get a win in the home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field. I can tell that it is going to be a nice play to play on a Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening for one of these SEC teams we will be playing in the near future. It was good to get a win on a short week where preparation was difficult, especially against this offense. We couldn’t practice cut blocking and lost a night of sleep with the plane ride back on Tuesday. It was a difficult week, and I thought our kids came out with an edge. We did a good job of taking over the game, especially on offense. Defensively, I thought we held our own. They did a few things that we haven’t seen this year on film that we had to make some adjustments to. All in all, I thought it was a solid effort.

On D.K. Metcalf…

“He broke his foot. We will be without him. He is absolutely a redzone target. We felt good about him in the redzone. I haven’t talked to the doctors about how long that is, but with the way the rules are and for him to be able to get a redshirt, I would doubt, and I would never say never, but I doubt that we would do that so we can save that year for him.”

On getting more players playing time in the second half…

“It is hard to tell out there, especially against that offense. We threw a lot of kids out there. The fact that you get to play kids out there that pay the price and sacrifice to practice out there and not get a lot of playing time, I love that. I love seeing kids out there that don’t get an opportunity out there. There were some things said on the headset that were good about G-Mac (Garrald McDowell) and John Curtis and Ray Ray (Smith). Defensively (Jarrion) Street looked pretty good out there too. It was good to play a lot of kids.”


 

 

On Jason Pellerin…

“It was pretty solid. He finished runs forward, which is very important for us in short yardage. I thought the touchdown he threw to A.J. (Brown) was good on the corner-fire. With run plays or pass plays, he didn't hesitate and saw what was going on. He did exactly what he should do. I thought on the fade ball he held it just a second too long, but we can speed that up a little bit.”

On Derek Jones…

“He has been held out for violation of team standards. I love that kid and we are working on it. I hope he will be back soon.”

On Chad Kelly protecting the ball…

“I thought that he was good. He threw it well. He was 20-of-27. That is a pretty solid day for him. I thought that was important. He needs to get back to the way he played the last seven games and I thought he did that today.”

On his first impressions on Alabama…

“I watched their first game. One of the announcers of the game, (Kirk) Herbstreit texted me. I said, ‘Ouch’. Again, you don’t know a lot about other teams this early in the season. They look fast. They look faster on defense. Their quarterback looked good, he can move around well. Those guys at Western Kentucky do a good job of scheming, so we will see how they do. We have our hands full. It is a good opportunity. It isn't one that we have not been afraid to take on. We have relished in that opportunity. I have no idea how it will go, but we have them at home. I have a great respect for their program and what they’ve done, and we look forward to preparing for them.”

Ole Miss Student-Athletes

#10, Chad Kelly, QB

On his performance …

“I thought I did alright. There were some things I wish I could’ve done better. Offensively, we did a good job at moving the ball. We just have to finish drives on those third down and shorts. We have to make sure we pound the ball and get those yards that we need.”

On getting ready with a short week of preparation…

“It was definitely a short week, but those guys had a great mentality in practice. They wanted to get better every day. We stuck to having great execution in practice so it would relate to Saturday, and it showed.”

On next week’s matchup with Alabama …

“They’re going to be a great team. They’re No. 1 for a reason. We have to make sure we go in there with a lot of intensity. We’re going to need the fans in it the whole game. We’re going to have to bring it. It comes down to execution, so we’re just going to have to keep playing hard.”

#94, Issac Gross, DT

On being able to bounce back from Monday night’s game...

“This win brought back the confidence in our younger players, older guys, coaches, everybody. It was just a good win for the state, the school, the whole Rebel Nation.”

On how they handled the triple option...

“Well, the reason is because we’re faster. We’re faster upfront; the big guys are faster to penetrate. The way they block we learned a lot from Georgia Tech. We learned a lot from them (Georgia Tech) a few years ago when we played them in a bowl game. In order for them to get that run going they have to cut the defensive line so they can get up on that second level to those LB’s, so that’s why they cut.”

On what the difference is from a blocking standpoint when playing Wofford versus SEC schools…

“From a blocking standpoint, they’re bigger and stronger guys. They’re more athletic guys and they will come in with a chip on their shoulder because it’s the SEC and they’re already SEC guys. They will come in much stronger, more technique sound, and will be real tough upfront.

Wofford Head Coach Mike Ayers

On performance of the game …

“Average, I felt like we could have done a lot of better. We did not get our guys ready, and that is my fault. I thought we created an opportunity for ourselves, but we were our own worst enemy. You have situations where you are expected to play at a certain level and expected to do a certain thing, and we were just not where we needed to be.”

On being able to move the ball against Ole Miss…

“We just took those drives and scored. I do not think they gave us their best. I do not think that they had a great day. We should have been able to do better. It comes down to coaching and that is on me. We are going to work really hard to get over the hump. We are really close.” 

On third downs on defense…

“The big thing that you are always stressing from a defensive perspective are the takeaways and third-down stops. It was very difficult to get off the field. It was a situation where your expectations were higher than what you showed.”

 

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