Do the Rebels respect the Gators?

Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell says he sees a lot about the Ole Miss defense on film.

Hears a lot too.

“They like to talk a lot. I see it on film. But every team we play they like to talk trash to us so we don’t pay it no mind. We just got to come in and do our jobs, and anything’s possible when everybody’s in the same corner.”

Powell made the comments at Florida’s regularly scheduled media day on Monday.

He was also asked about the 4-0 start that has allowed the Gators to break into the national polls.

“We’re the Florida Gators. That’s what we’re supposed to be. We’re just taking it one day at a time, every week come in with a new opponent and do our job.”

Ole Miss is No. 3 in the AP Top 25, Florida No. 25.

The “no respect” theme is something the Gators seem to be using for motivation this week.

Florida coach Jim McElwain had good things to say about his team’s win over Tennessee then followed up those comments with this: “It’s over, and now we’ve got to move forward. That’s what this is alla bout, learn from it, and let’s go to work today to get a little bit better and go play a team that I’m sure is going to come in here and figure that they should beat the heck out of us.”

Perhaps McElwain thought focus was an issue for the Rebels against Vanderbilt after their 43-37 win over Alabama. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze certainly did.

Powell is the Gators’ second-leading receiver with 12 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He threw the key block that sprung teammate Antonio Callway, a freshman, for 63-yard touchdown late against Tennessee. It held up as the game winner when the Vols’ long field goal attempt was wide right.

“I came to the sideline, and everybody was saying, ‘Your block helped us score a touchdown.’ Then I saw it on TV right after the game, and I was like, ‘Oh yeah. That block was big.’ It looked better on TV.”

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

    Lots of hype coming from the Swamp. I’ve not heard any ‘trash talk’ coming from the Rebels. I think the Gators know they will have a much tougher time with the #3 Rebels than with the unranked Vols.
    Let’s just settle it on the field and may the best team win.

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