Cleaning out the notebook

Cleaning out the notebook from a week of interviews leading up to Ole Miss and Troy. Kickoff is Saturday morning at 11 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium:

(Bo Wallace on the dropped passes from his receivers earlier this season)

“It was really uncharacteristic of them to be that way. I think it was a lull they went through but they definitely have it figured out now.”

(Wallace on wide receiver Vince Sanders)

“I was thinking the other day how everybody wants to say, ‘Oh, the big 3,’ and I’m like, ‘What about Vince? Vince is just as good as those guys physically.’ He’ll start to get his. The collarbone early in the year slowed him down. I think you saw that A&M game he had a couple of big catches. He’ll be back.”

(Wallace on the importance of the receivers making a defender miss after a short swing pass)

“We’re a quick-hitting offense. We have to have playmakers outside that can make people miss and get the extra yards. As soon as I threw that ball to Donte and saw him one-on-one … when I couldn’t see Donte after he caught it, I knew he was going to make the corner miss, and once the crowd erupted I knew he had done that.”

(Wallace on moving up Ole Miss career statistical charts)

“It was a goal of mine to do that. I think it’s surprised some people that it’s happened so early, but I’m a confident kid. I think I’m the best when I walk out there whether I am or not. I have to keep improving. There are so many things I can still get better at. Last year, last offseason. I didn’t really get to get better physically. This off-season I’m really excited to do that.”

(Offensive lineman Justin Bell, a third-year sophomore, told us what he thought about Laremy Tunsil upon Tunsil’s arrival and what he’s seen in Tunsil’s development)

“My impression … nothing negative. You see his footwork. You see that he’s a baller and a natural-born athlete. I was amazed, especially coming in and comparing myself my freshman year to how he is now. It’s great, and it only gets better from there.

“He does everything pretty well. He hits his landmarks, shoots his hands and most important thing, he keeps his feet moving.”

(Tunsil’s not a big talker, Bell says)
“He’s quiet. I’m like that as well, most times. We get along very well.”

Biggest talker among the linemen is Emmanuel McCray, Bell says.

(D.T. Shackelford says he hasn’t given up on his NFL dream)

“Yes sir, yes sir. I’ve been dreaming about that ever since I was playing flag football, but you also have to be realistic with situations that you can’t necessarily control which was two ACLs that I thought I would never have, and they happened. That was a situation I never thought would happen. Fortunately for me I took my grades the right way, and now I’m able to do both. That’s still a goal for me, still something I want to pursue.”

(Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack on his initial judgment last Saturday that tackling was poor against Arkansas)
“I was right. I thought it was sloppy at times. We were there bending at the waist too much instead of putting our chests on them.”

(With reserve DE John Youngblood out)

“We’ll use DT and Temario in that position.”

(Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy on power forward Aaron Jones)

“He had 13 rebounds, and he kept another four balls alive. He could have had 17 rebounds, and he’s our best post defender, because his feet are so fast. He can guard the four or the five because of that. Offensively he’s going very very fast, being anxious and trying too hard at times.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Good stuff PA. Thanks for all the “inside skinny”. I thought D.T. was seeking another year of eligibility. Is that still possible?

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