Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram doesn’t exactly celebrate defeat, but he sees some positives in the Rebels’ first loss of the year.
Ole Miss is in bounce back mode after a 10-7 defeat at LSU.
That casts a different feel on practice this week.
“Oh we’re fine. We came in, got in the weight room, attacked the weights. We went back over the film. We still have a lot of positives. Our season isn’t over. Everything we worked for, put into our off-season, it’s still there for us to take,” Engram said.
You can find adversity when you’re winning. The Rebels faced some of that within games such as against Boise State and Memphis when it took them a while to pull away.
It’s a different type of adversity that comes after a loss. Ole Miss won seven straight to start the season and had won eight in a row going back to a 25-17 win over Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl last December.
Pushing through in difficult times is a topic that’s near to the heart of most coaches. Hugh Freeze is no exception. However you want to spin it the message is always the same. You can’t tuck and run when things don’t go your way, particularly as a one-loss team that is in complete control of its destiny.
Engram says the loss is a positive because it forces the Rebels to confront adversity.
“I think this loss is a good thing for us because it teaches us adversity. That’s what we want. We want adversity. We’re going to attack it. We’re going to embrace it. We’re going to turn things around.”