Engram’s plan for adversity

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.”

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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  • Colonel_Panic

    PA, What’s the likelihood of Matt Luke still being a coach at OM next year? He’s had 3 years to develop a OL and has yet to produce a consistent product. Although I understand that OL depth takes longer to develop than other positions, it seems as though even the players he currently has on the roster are not developing to a point. The OL is still porous and mediocre just like it has been the last few years. Will Freeze pull the trigger on him? Do you think Freeze is willing to let go a part of his staff even if they aren’t performing? Any thoughts, PA?

    • Parrish Alford

      I’ve not seen anything to indicate a lack of support from Hugh Freeze for Matt Luke. That said, all coaches evaluate their staffs each year. Freeze also said from the beginning the OL would be the last position group to “come around” as he builds the offense. They’ve clearly added some intriguing parts that will compete next year. You can’t always be building for the future, however. This can be a special year if they can find some answers and spark a run game.

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