SEC Media Days Blog: Ole Miss makes a visit
HOOVER, Ala. — Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze and three players — CJ Johnson, Bo Wallace and Cody Prewitt — took their time at SEC Media Days Thursday.
All four took the media tour around the Hyatt Regency Hotel, talking about the expectations for the Rebels, the progress of the program and other topics. Wallace, who was selected as the third team quarterback on the All-SEC team, said his trip to California to see throwing specialist Tom House was very beneficial for him.
Here is a brief segment of one of his interviews during his time at media days.
Prewitt, a senior who was named to the All-SEC first team, gave insight on his journey, from being a member of a team that won just two games in 2011 to a team that some feel could win 10 games this season. Prewitt also talked about the Egg Bowl and what it would mean to have Ole Miss and Mississippi State play for the SEC West title.
Defensive end C.J. Johnson is back and healthy. He’s also ready to tackle a few quarterbacks. Johnson talks about the expectations for the Rebels heading into the season. The trio that came to media days are all bullish about what the team can accomplish.
Wallace wasn’t very pleased with not being named to at least the second team All-SEC squad. Wallace has the most experience in the SEC from a quarterback standpoint entering the 2014 season. He said he felt he wasn’t picked as high by the media because of the Rebels not beating Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.
“If we win that game at Mississippi State, the vote is going to be a lot different. The hype is going to be a lot different,” said Wallace, who added he didn’t think he should have been first team. “It puts a chip on my shoulder. I learned about it on the way over here and I wasn’t happy about it. It just adds another chip that I already play with every year.”
Wallace was asked about the lack of overall experience at QB in the SEC and how he wanted to be the face of the conference in that regard.
“I think every quarterback is going to take that as a challenge. The quarterbacks now aren’t any less talented than the ones that just left, there is always going to be a turnover when you have had so many guys play so many games,” Wallace said. “I think every quarterback this year should take it as a challenge and go out and put a lot of numbers up and win games for their team.”
Johnson felt like this year’s defensive unit, thanks to a lot of returning players, can be pretty good, nationally ranked even.
“I think that’s where we are as a defense. I think we realize that we have the people in place to be very good,” Johnson said. “I think we’ve got the right guys to where we can go out and get that done, be a team ranked in the top 10, 15 defense in the nation.”