Bowl Week Report 12.29
Beloved senior DB Mike Hilton speaks to reporters for one of the last times in his Rebel career. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Dec. 29, 2015

Ole Miss Press Conference Quotes

NEW ORLEANS – With the 82nd annual Allstate Sugar Bowl only three days away, the Ole Miss Rebels spent Tuesday continuing their preparations to oppose the Oklahoma State Cowboys on New Year’s Day.

The day began with an FCA breakfast at the Hilton Riverside, emceed by Ole Miss legend Archie Manning and featuring keynote speaker Dan Reeves. A former NFL player, assistant coach and head coach, Reeves boasts the distinction of being tied for the most Super Bowl appearances in history with nine. As a head coach, he led the Denver Broncos to three Super Bowls and the Atlanta Falcons to another.

Reeves spoke about the importance of never giving up, despite whatever circumstances one is given in life. He touched on many of the hard lessons he learned throughout his playing and coaching career and the importance of commitment to a higher calling.

Ole Miss junior tight end Evan Engram shared a testimony of his faith and how it brought him through some tough times in childhood, high school and college to get to the point he is today.

Some of the Rebels’ top defensive players and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack took a turn with the media during a morning press conference. Members of the Landshark defense included senior safety Chief Brown, senior safety Trae Elston, senior defensive back Mike Hilton, senior linebacker C.J. Johnson and junior defensive end John Youngblood.

Hugh Freeze’s Rebels returned to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for another afternoon practice session. The Superdome will be the site of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN. It will be the fourth time in three years that Ole Miss will play a game in an NFL stadium.

The evening was capped by a team dinner at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter.

Wednesday’s activities include a visit to the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and the team’s final full practice of the 2015 season at the Superdome.

Pop superstar Usher will host a free concert at 6:15 p.m. at the Jackson Square in downtown New Orleans as part of the Allstate Fan Fest.

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