Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes
Sept. 24, 2016

Ole Miss Football Postgame Quotes
Ole Miss vs. Georgia
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Miss.


Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze
Opening Statement…
“I was really pleased with our guys this week playing another one of the top teams in the country. We have had our fair share of that in the month of September. We certainly had experiences that we should learn from. I really thought we took control. This is the first time we were able to win the toss to get the ball at halftime and put it away early in the third quarter. I have tremendous respect for the Georgia Bulldogs and their program. Kirby (Smart) is going to do a great job. I can't think of times in my life where a team has done that to Georgia. Credit to our players and our coaches. We got to play a lot of kids in an SEC game, which is not the norm. I'm really proud and I hope we can build upon it and get some guys healthy so we can finish strong next week.”

On Defensive Back Derrick Jones' first game back...
“If you have some good character traits about yourself, I think all of us enjoy a redemption story. All of us have made mistakes. He has certainly been in his payment plan to get reinstated into the team for a long time. I love him, and am really proud to see him get back with us. To see him make a play was really nice.”

On what he noticed after making changes in the second half...
“We were in motion all week. My gut is usually right. Usually. My gut was that we had really good work in practices, but we were not emotional and there was no passion. My gut told me all week that it is a great sign, they are disappointed and ticked, and they will be ready to go. Traditionally, since we have been here, we have bounced back from disappointing losses pretty well. We talked about the story, I have talked to them all week from the Bible from second Samuel when a guy chased a lion into the pit and he didn't come out until the job was done. That was my message to the team at halftime. I know everyone wants to make it out to be great strategy by the opposing coaches, or by us, or not by us, the reality is if we don't turn the ball over, we don't talk about all those strategy things. That's what happened to us. We turned it over in both of those games. No just turned it over, but turned it over for two-straight touchdowns. It's hard to overcome that against good teams. And those teams seized the momentum after those plays. We really didn't do anything different, really.”

On bouncing back after last week's loss…
“It's hard for me to remember all of them, but this one will stand out because of the type of loses that we had to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country when we played them. I believe that is what they were ranked at that time. When you lose games like that and felt like you could have won, and when you have to hear about it in this world with all of the social media world, it hurts. It stings. This one is pretty special.”

Ole Miss Student-Athletes

#3, DeMarquis Gates, LB
On being a Georgia native…
“I watched them growing up, UGA was my favorite team. I wanted to get a scholarship to play in college there, but stuff happened and I ended up here and it feels very great to get a win here.”

On this past week of practice…
“It was very workman like, I think everybody was just focused, I think everybody was kind of mad after the two losses that we had. Everybody just came together and we just started focusing on what we had to do to be prepared. We just bought in together so we could get a win.”

On the linebacker positon group…
“I think everybody is getting better each week. That’s how we’re molded, to get better each week on both sides of the ball. Most definitely the linebackers are getting better, it feels good to get some help out there too.”

# 17 Evan Engram, TE
On the win...
“This is a huge win for us. We played well. We've played well all season, but today we took care of the ball in special moments and we played our football. And the defense showed up. They gave us energy, had big turnovers a couple of sacks, it was an all-around great game.”

On the strong start getting the offense into a rhythm...
“That first drive kind of got us into a rhythm. We really don't like taking three points, we want to get it into the end zone, but the defense came out and D.J. (Jones) had a huge pick-six. That just got us going. The defense got out there and got another stop and then we started clicking. The O-Line played great, picked up all type of stunts and kept pressure off the quarterback. We had receivers and running backs making plays. The main thing was getting in a rhythm, and once we get into a rhythm, no one can stop us.”

On his touchdown catch...
“My route is just a corner route, and if they're in man, they're coming to me. if they're in zone, it's probably going to the underneath routes. But as soon as I came out of the break, I knew it was man and I knew Chad (Kelly) was going to throw it up, so I just had to go make a play for my team.”

On what this win means going forward...
“It's just a step in the right direction. Georgia's a great team, and we came out here and played a great game, but we still have a whole season ahead of us. This SEC play is crazy, so a lot can happen. We just have to take care of ourselves and just keep taking steps game-by-game, one at a time and see where we end up.”

#10 Chad Kelly, QB
On the win...
“I knew it was going to be a four-quarter battle. The offense did what they had to do and took care of the ball. The defense turned up and made some plays too. D.J. coming back his first game and he got a touchdown on defense, that's huge for him. It gave us a lot of momentum throughout the game and we just kept on playing.”

On his mindset during the game...
“I was just a lot more calm. I knew I had to go out there and execute the game plan and just take care of the football, and that's what I was able to do. My offensive line did a great job today, they protected me. Those guys did a great job, the receivers got open and the running backs ran hard and coaches made great calls. My job was just to get the guys in the end zone and we did that...I wanted this one bad and it showed.”

On his touchdown throw to DaMarkus Lodge...
“It was a deep post. I told (DaMarkus) Lodge, 'Don't stop running, because I'm going to throw it no matter what.' But I knew he could outrun the coverage, so I just had to make a play, juke the one guy. I just had to get it out.”  

Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart
Opening Statement…
“Well obviously I am very disappointed in our performance. I am in charge of the organization, the entire team and the coaching staff. We did not do very good job today. You’ve got to give Ole Miss credit first. They came out ready to play. I thought their quarterback did really well. He had some big plays, hit some big throws and we didn’t make some plays early and it snowballed from there after the pick six. It was tough sledding. I thought the kids competed. Once we got behind we didn’t do a good job of trying to get back in it. That is the most disappointed thing. What a tremendous atmosphere to play in and we did not respond the right way, but we will move forward. This team will come back and fight. I can promise you they will show up and give an ‘A’ effort next week. It is frustrating because this is the opportunity we had been looking for. This is obviously the best team we have played and we didn’t perform well.”

On being encouraging after tough loses to the players…
“I believe in consistency and I believe in a 24-hour rule. Whether you win or lose. Good or bad. 24-hours. I want the kids to see the same me. 24-hours from now we have to move on. Unfortunately, in the SEC you get no breaks. You get no weeks off. You’ve got to come back and fight another day. That is the demeanor I have with the kids. There’s a lot of mistakes being made out there. Lot of young guys making bad mistakes. They will have to grow up. That’s the difference in the game, you go out there and make blunders, jump off sides and you are playing 2nd-and-15 instead of 3rd-and-7. That’s a big difference on the signal caller. It makes it tough. I will be honest with you, that has been some of the fear from the first games. There were some big plays from the North Carolina game they didn’t hit. They hit those today.”

On Nick Chubb and the run game…
“Nick has an ankle sprain, don’t know the severity yet. Could not come back in the game. If he could have come back, I know he wanted to, but he could not come back. We will see how that goes the next couple of days. As far as the run game, you know, I felt like the fist half we had 93 yards rushing, but like I said there were 2 or 3 drives that even when you have 4 or 5 yard rushing then you have 3rd-and- 7 or 3rd-and-8 because you are 1st-and-15 or 2nd –and-15. The penalties really put us behind the sticks. We really never got a rhythm in the first half. And we had some jump balls. At the end of the day they did a really good job defensively. Ole Miss really affected Jacob (Eason). They pressured him, they covered him and they did some good things defensively. We dropped some balls. Maybe some balls that give us momentum. Even after the fake punt, that is the toughest thing. We have got to take advantage of our opportunities when we get them. We had a couple opportunities to get back in it in a two score game and did not make the plays. We’ve got to make those.”

On if he believed they could beat Ole Miss…
“I expected our team to come out and fight and play well. You never believe you are going to play like that. I think that we did not respond well when they had success. Yet every other game so far we have responded. We did not get away with somethings defensively that we had in the past. They made the plays down the field when they had to. Let’s give their quarterback credit. We got two sacks. He breaks off of them. One for a touchdown, the other I think he threw for a first down or ran the ball for a first down. They made plays when we did not. As far as the culture of the team or expecting it be like that, I don’t even think about that because I don’t think about the past . I am thinking about the future and how we can get this team now ready for the next game. It is disappointing to be in a big game like this and have a let down. We’ve got to put our lids in a better situation to be successful. That is offensive coaches, defensive coaches and me, the head coach. How can our team be successful? We got to figure that out.”

Georgia Student-Athletes
#46, Glenn Welch, FB
On Kirby Smart’s attitude…
“He’s always positive, he’s doing his job the best way he can, we just have to do our job the best way we can.”

On the play after the fake punt…
“It was a focus deal, there were passes that I should have caught.”

On Ole Miss scoring 45 points…
“When it was heading that way, I thought this is going to be a long game, we just have to do our job the best we can.”

#54, Brandon Kublanow, C
On the Ole Miss football team…
“Ole Miss played a great game and hats off to them. We have to look at ourselves, we shot ourselves in the foot early and often, and it didn’t help us.”

On playing Tennessee next weekend…
“We need to prepare better during the week. We need to look at different things and see what’s going to happen.”

#1, Sony Michel, TB
On Kirby Smart’s attitude…
“He’s positive, you just have to keep moving forward. You lose some, you win some. You have to move on to the next week, we have Tennessee. We have to get in and watch film.”

On playing Tennessee next weekend…
“You need to learn how to let things go. You have a 24-hour rule, whether you win or lose. You have to move on like that game never happened.”

On not scoring in the first half…
“That’s playing the game. Things don’t always go your way when you play in the SEC.”


 

 

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