Wrapping up Media Monday at Ole Miss. ...
Talked to DB Charles Sawyer a bit. He says coaches Burns and Nix have told him he'll probably be moving back to corner. He seems OK with it, even though he has four interceptions at safety. He really took to the new position when he was moved over there in August. He's the team's third-leading tackler with 38, and he has the four picks.
Sawyer says MLB Mike Marry will be the favorite to try and fill the leadership void left by Wayne Dorsey and Marcus Temple.
Matt Hall, the Arkansas transfer, says he knew from rooming with Tyler Wilson what kind of work ethic Wilson had and that he would become a great quarterback. “I'm really not surprised. Tyler Wilson, when I was rooming with him he was still young, and I could see that, but I had no doubt about the type of person he is, and the quarterback, he's great. He's put a lot of time and effort into it, and he's worked really hard for that.”
Though it didn't show up in any offensive stats Saturday night, Hall said he saw improvement in the Ole Miss offensive line when watching the Alabama film. “I really did, just watching myself yesterday. We were looking at pass sets, I think we've all gotten a lot better. Every game it seems like me and Bob (Massie, RT), we could just sit there and help each other out on twists and stuff. It's definitely improving. It improves every game and every week, and we need to keep getting better with it.”
Senquez Golson wasn't happy with his individual performance against Alabama. The freshman from Pascagoula, who turned down more than a million dollars from the Red Sox in August to pursue college football, said he needs to be more aggressive. Asked why he thought he was tight against the Tide, Golson said, “Don't know. It was the first game I really played a lot, the No. 2 team in the country, maybe No. 1. I guess just an inexperienced player, but that shouldn't have anything to do with it, I should have gone out and played like I know how to play.”
Among the story lines was the mounting number of SEC losses. The streak is at nine now. Only twice since the SEC began has Ole Miss had a conference losing streak of nine games. Houston Nutt has had a hand in both of them. The other one largely belonged to Ed Orgeron. Ed won the last game of 2006, against MSU, then went 0-8 in SEC play in 2007. Nutt lost the SEC opener, and the streak reached nine. After losing that Vanderbilt game 23-17 – with Dexter McCluster fumbling the potential winning touchdown going into the end zone – the Rebels defeated No. 4 Florida the next week.
Center Evan Swindall had a good answer on the focus question.
“I don't think you lose focus, no. If you like playing football, you hate to lose. You can't just give up, because you don't want to lose, nobody wants to lose. It's one of those things, why give up? You're playing this game for a couple of reasons, but the main reason is you want to win. You want to represent Ole Miss. I'm not losing focus. I'm going to keep playing and give it my best effort.”