Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Memphis
Oct. 1, 2016

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes 

Ole Miss vs. Memphis 

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss. 

Oct. 1, 2016 

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze 

Opening statement… 

“I’m really happy to get this one over with. They are a very dangerous football team, and they are going to win a lot of football games. They are very talented. I couldn’t really tell coming into it a lot about them just because they haven’t been stressed at all. And they have been very vanilla in what they have done. They weren’t vanilla in what they did tonight offensively. I thought their quarterback is a competitive guy that keeps plays alive that hurt us at times. I give credit to our guys. We have had a very emotional September. And for us to come out and take care of business tonight against another undefeated team, I am real pleased. I thought our defense created turnovers, which was great for us. We still have a lot of improving to do on that side of the ball, particularly at linebacker. But offensively, we answered when we needed to. We had two drives that we messed up. Jason (Pellerin) has to learn how to speak up. We made a bad call on another one. Chad (Kelly) made a poor decision down there. Outside of that, I thought we were efficient for most of the night. We were very balanced for most of the night, which makes us very good.” 

On Running Back Eugene Brazely… 

“We worked really hard on a plan to rush the ball against these guys. They do a lot of different stuff. You can always be one play behind these guys because of how multiple they are in what they do. We worked very hard on a check system that would get us hopefully into the soundest play against them. What we ended up getting, Eugene is a little better at, is that he is a little more patient and has a little bit more of a burst once he hits that crease. I’m excited for him. He’s a great guy and he’s waited his turn. D'Vaughn Pennamon got hut in practice this week. It was great to see he and Judd both had good games. Judd needs to learn to finish some of those runs to get into the end zone and not put us in those tight red zone situations. He should have scored twice. He knows that. It’s tough to score when you get down there. I was pleased with our run game.” 

On Evan Engram’s success… 

“I really think, we all know and we have seen him, but I think it is the play of those other guys. Damore'ea Stringfellow, Quincy Adeboyejo, DaMarkus Lodge. What are you going to do? The only way you can bracket him is if you put a linebacker and safety inside out on him, but that means someone is one-on-one. The run game helps too. And give Evan some credit. He is very talented. That is why we are having such success in recruiting. We spread it around. That is one of the things that we show people. If you have better people around you or on the other side of the field or inside, you are going to get a lot more chances to get open. I think it is a combination of him being talented and our other guys playing well.” 

On how the balance of tonight’s game helped the offensive line play… 

“When we stay balanced, I think we are good. Balance and tempo are our linemen’s best friend. I think we were able to do both tonight when we wanted to. When we wanted to go fast, it was going to be hard for them to get to us. So that helps our offensive line. I thought we were physical at the point of attack. We had very few negative runs. That’s what they do. They are a pressure team that tries to create negative plays so that you get behind the chains. We were able to stay out of most of those.” 

 

Ole Miss Student-Athletes 

#23, Eugene Brazley, RB 

On his performance... 

“Yeah, it wasn't just me, it was all the offense—the O-Line, the coaches had a good game plan, we practiced all weekend and through the week. We planned this, so we won the game during the week, not just on Saturday. We win the game through the whole week." 

On his big runs during the game and first touchdown... 

“Sometimes you have to get out of your character and do some new things but I actually was looking at the guy who was chasing me and Coach Nix got on to me this week I had kicked my leg up like Walter Payton and I kind of did that in the game and as soon I turned my head, he was right there so I had no choice but to lay my helmet down, and I got what I had to get.” 

On running backs that he models his game after... 

“I would say I love Walter Payton, right now in this era I would say I love Jamaal Charles, that’s my top running back right now who I watch, I watch all of them though cause you can learn different things from different running backs. All of them are good, so you've just got to watch each one because all of them do different things." 

On what he needs to improve on... 

“I thought I could’ve blocked better and I also think I've got to finish more runs, too. I also just have to be more patient. On some runs I think I got out too quick and Coach Nix got on all the running backs about walking into certain plays. But really my blocking. I let the quarterback get touched too much on certain plays." 

#36, Zedrick Woods, DB 

On how he felt about the game… 

“I feel pretty good knowing the defense went out and executed like we did. We still made a lot of mistakes and we still have to get better, but it was a good win.” 

On how he feels about his game progressing… 

“I feel like I am getting better. I just have to keep working, taking coaching and advice from older players like C.J. Hampton. They give a lot of good advice and we just have to keep getting better.” 

On the young secondary’s development… 

“We have a lot of young guys stepping up, starting with the two young freshmen corners Jalen Julius and Jaylon Jones. We have a freshman safety, Myles Hartsfield. So I feel like it is just a young group and we just continue to progress every week.” 

On his two interceptions… 

“On the first one, Marquis Hayes got pressure on the quarterback and I saw the tight end run an out route. I just sat there and broke on the ball. On the second one, I was breaking, trying to match the route and he tipped it. And when the ball got tipped it floated up and feel right in my lap.”

#93, D.J. Jones, DT 

On flow of the game… 

“They are a great team, first of all. They played a great game. They are a spread team, just like us. They move fast and their tempo is just like ours. We could not have prepared better throughout the week, but Memphis did a great job.”  

On his interception play… 

“I give all the credit to Marquis Haynes and Breeland Speaks. They got great pressure on the quarterback. I saw him scramble and I saw he was going to throw it away, so I went to the running back. He threw it to my feet and I just went down with my hands.”
 

Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell 

Opening statement… 

“I just want to start off with a congratulations to Hugh Freeze and their football team. They came out and played a really good game. They are a good opponent. Our football team knew we had to come out and play a good game and play a clean game. I love the way our guys competed. I loved the way there in the third quarter we were able to rally back after some negative things that happened in the first half. I really like this football team. It came down to a lot of those things that can not happen in big games showed up. We turned the ball over.  We had some communications issues. We committed penalties, missed tackles. Those things will cost you when you're playing a quality opponent. I really liked the way that our guys responded. They are in the locker room and you got guys that are sick and they want to win. We work too hard to just play a game. We come here to win. We have a short week, we have conference season coming in this week. Thursday night we have the defending champions in the East and we know we have a big-time game and opponent that is going to be there in the Liberty Bowl. I think we learned a little bit tonight. Even though we did not come out successful, we saw some characteristics in our football team. We've got to get better, but I really like where this football team can go. It is unfortunate that we did not get it done but I know our guys are going to respond the right way." 

On the intentional grounding and what it sequenced… 

“They did not see the receiver in the area. You have to control what you can control. I did not make a very good call right there. It is unfortunate that we had the penalty that backed us up and put it in a long-yardage situation That was something we knew that we could not be in—a long yardage situation on third down. The next play we had the fumble. That was a big turning point in the game. That is something we have to learn from and just get better." 

On the connection between QB Riley Ferguson and WR Anthony Miller… 

“I thought we just missed a couple throws. Missed a couple opportunities on a couple balls. I know they were able to connect on some. Anthony had 10 catches for 130 yards, but we still had some missed opportunities out there. We battled. There wasn’t anything to do with effort, just some little things we've get cleaned up.”  

 


 

 

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