Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Southern
Nov. 5, 2016

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Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes

Ole Miss vs. Georgia Southern

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.

Nov. 5, 2016

 

Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze

Opening Statement…
"We learned to celebrate the wins this season. Everything is a fight and a challenge, and I'm proud of our young men today, shorthanded as we were with the injuries that happened today. It was a good Georgia Southern team. Give credit to them. I’m proud of our kids for fighting. The defense kept them out of the end zone in the second half, which was big for us. It allowed us, with Chad (Kelly) going down, to manage the game with Jason (Pellerin), which I thought he did a nice job. He threw two really nice balls, one to A.J. (Brown) and one to Evan (Engram), both should have been caught, I thought. I thought he managed the game well enough to get us to the end with a victory. We'll take it. Our goal was to be 1-0 this week. We accomplished that. Now we try to be 1-0 next week."

On his confidence in the possibility of starting Jason Pellerin next week...
"We will have to see how the week goes in getting him ready. If that is the case, we will cross that bridge when it comes. You'll have confidence in whatever you do in practice, for sure." 

On John Youngblood's injury...
"I don't know if you could see it, but his ankle was totally dislocated. I heard that they did get it back in place out there on the field, but I don't know the extent of the damage. I haven't head yet. It's been that kind of year for us. Whether it is a dropped interception for a touchdown that D.J. (Metcalf) had or whether it is an injury to key people. (John) Youngblood has been through so much this year with the loss of his father. He's been a captain and a leader, and it stinks to have kids go down with injuries like that that end their season."

On the offensive line play...
"I think we rushed for close to 200 yards or so, and I think we got first downs when we had to in order to finish the game. A lot of people were out of position and we kind of had to juggle things around. Jordan (Sims) and Daronte (Bouldin) are kind of banged up, but they gutted it out. I thought they played solid for the better part of the game."


Ole Miss Student-Athletes

#79, Javon Patterson, OL

On first start at center…
“It is just stepping up; Being able to be versatile on the offensive line is really big in this league. If one guy goes down, you need other guys to step up and make that move, but playing center today was a lot of fun.”

On the difference between playing guard versus center…
“It is all about being a leader. It is about making sure everyone is on the right page.”

On the three remaining games of the season…
“It is about making sure we are on the same page. We have got a great group of guys with great positivity in the locker room. We have to take it one day at a time and feed off each other’s energy. Every week we try to go 1-0, and we did that today. Next week, we will try to go 1-0 against Texas A&M.”

 

#94, Issac Gross, DT

On the seniors’ attitude…
“I had just got done telling the guys, Tony (Conner), JY (John Youngblood), all the guys, Quis (Marquis Haynes), I was telling them, ‘look guys we’ve got to fight. We’ve got to make plays ourselves. We’ve got to keep these guys on the sidelines fired up the whole game.’ Like when Jalen (Julius) had the penalty where we could’ve gotten off the field on 3rd down. See stuff like that we’ve got to learn how to face adversity and face it for what it is like coach preaches.”

On John Youngblood’s injury…
“It hurts. I know what this team means to John and I know what John means to this team. It hurts to see anybody go down whether its on our team or the other team. It was painful, John is one of our leaders, he’s a guy that does everything right, he’s a role model. Seeing that happen to him, I told the guys, ‘look he went down, we’ve got to play, we’ve got to get this W for him.’ It added momentum for us, it hurt but we had to get this W for him.”

On his last three games and his career at Ole Miss…
“Mainly what I think about is 2011 when Alabama beat us bad in the rain with Trent Richardson and them. When I got here I was going to set a standard that I was going to be apart of the new Ole Miss, I’m not worried about these last three games. I’m worried about making sure the standard is always set here with what the land shark D means and what our offense means and how we treat each other. I’m more worried about how my mark is left here and I want to finish with the standard we set the 2012 and 2013 class, I want to see us on the map forever.”

#12, Tony Conner, Husky/Safety

On how he feels at this point…
“Honestly, I feel great, I just got continue to work with Pat (Jernigan) and his training staff and keep working on my knee and keep God first.”

On dealing with his injury…
“I mean, when I first had the injury I had never had a surgery before. Coming off the surgery, I’d just be at my house all by myself thinking about it. Sometimes God puts you in a situation and just wants to see how you answer back. I had my family and my friends to keep motivating me and keep pushing me. I had Coach Freeze and his staff keep pushing me and Coach (Paul) Jackson and his staff keep pushing me. I really got stronger in the weight room since the injury so sometimes I think about it as the best thing that’s happened to me.”

On the mental aspect of recovery…
“When I started camp I had the brace on. First day or two I wasn’t doing too good cause I was just thinking about my knee. Sometimes you have to go out there and just not think about it. After that passed I wasn’t even thinking about my knee, I was just flying around, trying to be a leader for my guys out there." 


Georgia Southern Head Coach Tyson Summers

Opening Statement…
“There are no moral victories by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think what you saw today was vast improvement over the last time we went and played out, particularly offensively. I think that our offensive line and running backs had their best game. I certainly think that our offensive staff did a great job coming together outing the game plan to put us in a position to win a game and give us a chance to be successful. We were certainly did what we wanted to do, slow the clock down and get ourselves to get some of the freeze plays to be in the right call, verses the right look a little more, that was able to help us. I thought Kevin (Ellison) did a nice job managing the game through all of it. What we have to be able to do again is very similar to the Western Michigan game in the second quarter really hurt us. We took a lead early again, really firing on all cylinders, better on defense.”

On Kevin Ellison playing the whole game…
“It was certainly something when we came out of last weekend in trying to look and reflect on what we needed to do to be successful. I felt like going with Kevin was going to give us the best opportunity. I did feel like Seth (Shuman) was going to be to play series or two but that didn’t work out like that. Kevin did a good job throughout the week of being a good leader and being able to manage a game to day the way that we needed to. I thought that the offensive staff in the face of adversity really did a good job of putting a plan to gather and being able to come up with something to move the chains and keep the defense off the field and opportunity to win the game.”

On Kevin Ellison’s leadership role…
“It would be hard for me to answer that because I haven’t been here for the past couple years. It has been two and a half years that there have been two guys that play a significant amount of snaps. We wanted to be able to cut down on some of the things that we were doing specifically from a running back standpoint. And the two quarterback system was too broad of a package. With one quarterback, he gave us a chance to center in on what we thought we could do.”


Georgia Southern Student-Athletes

#27, Ironhead Gallon, LB

On his overall thoughts on the game…
“Our team overall, we came out ready to play. We were very excited about this game and I'm very proud of my team and the progress we made.”

On the difference between this week and last week…
“I think the game just intentionally picked up. We knew what we had to do coming into the game and a lot of the guys just went out and tried to execute the game plan.”

On the environment at Ole Miss…
“Oh yeah, the bigger the competition the bigger your level has to rise up and be able to compete with those guys. You know, Ole Miss is a great team and we had to step it up a little bit to compete against them.”

#22, Joshua Moon, S 

On playing better than the previous week…
“Yes sir, we knew that we had to bring it to them. They have a lot of good athletes on offense, they are big, so we just wanted to bring it to them early.”

On how the team played this week compared to last week…
“We did better on offense and definitely played better on defense. Practice was real hard and we knew we had to adjust to the tempo, but in my opinion, practice was harder than the game so when we got here, it was just a breeze.”

On the environment at Ole Miss…
“Most definitely, we know we have a lot of people watching, on TV, big team, SEC, so we knew that at the end of the day it's still another game.”

 
#36, Matt Breida, RB 

On the offense improvement over the weeks…
“Offensive accepted the challenge this week. We told them this was going to be a big game and Ole Miss has a great defensive line and a great defense in general, so our offensive had to step it up.”

On starting strong, but not finishing…
“We just had to finish in all quarters. I feel like in the second quarter, we didn't finish as strong as we did the other three quarters and you have to play a complete game when you play a great team like that.”

On the feeling after this game…
“It's definitely frustrating, especially with a big game like this, where we felt we could have won if we would have done certain things different. We have to put it behind us and look forward to the rest of the games for the season.”


 

 

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