Reserve defensive lineman John Youngblood had a good answer to the hangover question last night.
Tuesday was the first day of work for Ole Miss since the Alabama game. Sunday is about the truth, Hugh Freeze says, but it’s not about hitting. It’s about reviewing the video, talking about mistakes and correcting them.
Monday is an off day, and Tuesday is the first real day of focus on the next week’s opponent. That focus isn’t very good if you’re “hungover” from a big win or a big loss.
Youngblood, a third-year sophomore, has developed into a nice role player, a hustler who is typically assignment-sound and is one reason DL coach Chris Kiffin is able to trust so many players in his rotation.
“I think guys were locked in. I think they only hangover was just the guys being hurt and kind of banged up after the nice physical game we had against Alabama. I do think we didn’t look very lackadaisical. We were all business really. We knew we had that win but were kind of just feeling the game in the physical sense. Not really a hangover of emotion.”
The challenge for the Alabama win now is to build on against a difficult SEC schedule.
“We know we have to go out, and if we don’t do it this week it’s almost irrelevant,” Youngblood said.
Still, moving on from the Alabama game is easier said than done Youngblood admits.
“Me being from the state of Alabama I don’t think I’ll ever trash it to be honest. It will be in the back of my head forever. I feel like that’s for everybody. It is hard knowing that you’ve just got to look ahead for this game. In a sense, that win doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t give us more points on the scoreboard. It’s all 0-0 when we start the game. It comes down to how good of a defense we are and how mature we are going into an environment like A&M and being able to lock in against a good football team.”