Ole Miss wide receivers coach Grant Heard, like offensive line coach Matt Luke, also participated in this series as a player.
Q: On the WRs going against their secondary
“I think it’s going to be a good matchup just like every week in the SEC. Every week in the SEC you’re going to go against great DBs, but we look forward to the challenge and we just have to make more plays than they do.”
Q: On what Donte has to do vs Banks.
“Just be his self. Be physical just like Vince and then when there is a chance to make a play we’ve got to make it. I don’t think there is a ball out there that we can’t catch. Main thing is just go make plays like we’ve been doing all year.”
Q: On this group’s development
“Yeah they’ve all been playing well. The truth is when you have one star wideout you better have somebody on the other side of the ball that can go make some plays because these defensive coordinators are too good and they know how to take a guy out of the game. I knew what we had and we had some guys that made the most out of their opportunities and have been making plays. Defenses have to respect those guys as well. That’s what helps Donte more than anything, he makes the explosive plays, but Vince, James, and Korvic have been making big time plays themselves.”
Q: On recollections of playing in this game
“My first year in ’96 we lost it, and then of course the big fight and winning that thing with the 2-point conversion and breaking the all-time receiving record in my last game. This game means so much to me, to this team and state, but more importantly to our fans. We’ve just got to go out just like we have every week and play hard and for each other.”
Q: How much have you paid attention to the winning streak State has put together?
“I know they have won it a couple of years. It lights a fire in me now, because the Egg Bowl (trophy) in my mind belongs here, but they aren’t going to give it to us. We’re going to have to go out there Saturday and take it and it’s going to be a good game.”
Q: Have you noticed since James and Vince have come on less attention being paid to Donte?
“Yeah because you almost have because of the games they’ve had. Both of them have had big games recently. You can’t just say you are a one receiver core because you have to pay attention to those guys. They like the fact that, especially in this offense, that ball can go to any of them at any time and they know it. When it’s your time to make the play you have to go make it.”