This post is courtesy of Zach Krantz from WQAM in Houston. Houston Nutt did something with his team last season that no other team did, they beat the national champion Florida Gators. Ole Miss went into the Swamp last season and beat the Gators 31-30 on a blocked extra point. Houston Nutt got his first signature win with the Rebels in his 5th game coaching there. Expectations are high in Mississippi this season with Jevan Snead returning to lead the Rebels. They are currently ranked 4th in the nation with a big game on the docket against South Carolina tonight. Last season after the big win in Gainesville, they came home on Homecoming and lost to South Carolina. Tonight can be considered a revenge game.
Nutt coached at Arkansas for nearly a decade before resigning amid several controversies and controversial allegations which had come prior to and throughout the 2007 season. He left Arkansas with a 75-48 record and then got the job at Ole Miss to make the Arkansas-Ole Miss rivalry even spicier. Boasting the program’s highest ranking in nearly 40 years, Nutt and Ole Miss look to continue their strong start and open conference play with a victory for the first time in six years.
Houston Nutt joined WFNZ in Charlotte to talk about starting the SEC schedule on the road this year, being the fourth ranked team in the nation, his QB Jevan Snead and the game against South Carolina.
Asked about starting the SEC schedule this week versus South Carolina on a short week:
“Your still beat up from the previous game a little bit; it’s such a quick turnaround. It’s really hard because it’s the first time for a lot of our staff members to play on a Thursday night. In the summer we take the first four conference games and do summer study on them and do the best you can and get the most work you can done.”
Asked about the target on their chest for being ranked 4th in the nation:
“I told our guys that a lot of these things, the play that your getting, you can’t control it. Last year you weren’t getting any before the season, so remember the same guys that picked you towards the bottom last year are picking you towards the top. So what does that mean? It doesn’t mean anything. What you have to do is play, play the most unbelievable game in the work with incredible passion, execution. You got to block, you got to tackle and you’re going into one of the greatest atmospheres in college football and everybody’s got to handle their business. Only thing that matters is the end of year, bottom line.”
Asked about Junior Quarterback Jevan Snead:
“That’s what I think every coach would love to have, a quarterback that has experience, that has a year under his belt. That has improved, that’s gotten better, and we have that in Jevan. And I am glad we have him. He has only gotten better. He is a really good teammate, studies the game, he is unselfish and as long as he keeps taking care of that ball for us we have a chance in every game.”
Talking about last year’s game when South Carolina beat Ole Miss last season after beating UF:
“I think our players understand that was a game that we just got back from Florida and that was the first SEC win these guys have had in 700 and twenty something days. We didn’t know how to handle it. I am hoping we are much much different. South Carolina always has good athletes every time you go against the ‘Ole ball coach. It’s always so competitive. The best thing we can do is have great preparation. It’s just about taking it one play at a time and it starts today.”