Football 11/15/2021 Jared Redding, OleMissSports.com
Oxford, miss. -Last weekend in front of a national audience, it was a nearly perfect storm for the Ole Miss football show. The rebels showed that not only can its defense be against elite competition, but its offense can provide many opportunities for victory.
Although it is not always perfect, it played a role in Saturday's SEC's 29-19 defeat of Texas A&M. Now, the challenge is for Ole Miss to maintain his "next game" mentality in this week's game against Vanderbilt, instead of looking forward to the egg bowl game on Thanksgiving Day. Sam Williams, Snoopy Connor and head coach Ryan Kiffin met with the media on Monday to assess previous victories and resolve other issues that led to Saturday's SEC showdown.
"A great weekend, a great victory," Kiffin said. "I'm very excited for our players and fans. This is a very defensive lead and the defensive performance dominates. The offense has moved the ball well many times, but many mistakes and small mistakes in the red zone are big Mistake... Our defense survived and scored twice on defense. As usual, we exaggerated our players a bit. Many defenses outside of our D-Line played well. Night games The temperature and the rhythm of the offense allow us to do this. You have to praise those players who have performed well on the defensive end like us."
Vanderbilt entered this week with a score of 2-8, lost in the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and lost five consecutive games. Kiffin emphasized not to reduce preparations because of this. The Rebels recently re-entered the top 10 in the Associated Press and coaching polls and are still fighting for the New Year’s Six Bowl Championship. They are also expected to win more than 10 games for the first time in the history of the show. Saturday's game will also be the last time many veteran players will compete at the Walt Hemingway Stadium. Therefore, Kiffin challenged the players and fans to leave unforgettable memories.
"This is the SEC game," Kiffin said. "At some point during the year, we ran into problems in all three stages. We did not look to the future. We are very happy to be playing at home. For me, this should be a challenge for our fans. Texas A&M did not use a silent count. Using verbal counts in this meeting is unheard of on the road. It should be a challenge for our fans to cheer louder. Today is the day of the senior, it may be the quarterback. The last day. Hope we can show up."
Williams is one of the players who hopes to leave a lasting impression at Oxford on the upcoming Saturday. Since entering campus, his maturity and growth have made him one of the most feared and respected players in the SEC. His change of heart, selfless attitude and determination also affected his teammates, and he hopes to show it again on Saturday.
"I stopped playing because of hatred of another team, but started to play for my brothers. The teammates opposite me, the teammates behind me. When I look at these guys, I Think'they are worthy of everything about me,' even in training...I love those boys. They are my brothers. Saturday will become emotional because this is my last game with them The home game. Hope I can play with them on Sunday. We have come a long way for my first year," Williams said.
Williams is part of Rebel's defense and appeared in their previous victory over Texas A&M. The unit controlled the Aggies' total offensive range to less than 100 yards in the first half. Even if things end late, Rebels will make mistakes and stop when they need it most.
"We read the article. We saw everything and people said we couldn't stop running. We personally think...everyone made up their minds to do this at the team meeting. As you can see, we did it, "Williams said.
One of the errors allowed Connor to score a touchdown, ending Ole Miss's frequent red zone dilemma. Despite some problems near the end zone, Connor, Jerion Ely, Henry Parish Jr. and others ended the night with a total of 257 yards. This total was the fastest yard Aggies gave up throughout the season. number. When healthy and balanced, running back rotation once again shows its potential.
"It's getting more and more comfortable for us and it makes us fresher. We also use it to stay healthy, so this is a good thing," Conner said.
The kick-off time for the game against Vanderbilt on Saturday night is set at 6:30 pm Central Time, which can be seen on the SEC network or listened to on the Ole Miss Radio Network.
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