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Kiffin meets with media as Rebels prepare for week 2 test against Central Arkansas
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss football team is 1-0 after securing a 28-10 victory over Troy to open the season. Now, the Rebels look to double their win total when they host Central Arkansas at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday at 6 pm Central on SEC Network+ and ESPN+.
Coach kiffin lanedefensive lineman KD Hillreceiver wade dayton and offensive lineman eli acker he met with the media on Monday and Tuesday to discuss his efforts in victory and to preview the rebels’ next text.
UNPACKING THE PROFIT
It was a tale of two halves to open the season as the Rebels built a 21-3 halftime lead over Troy and quickly extended that lead to 28-3 early in the third quarter. However, three turnovers at halftime slowed his offensive progress.
After reviewing the tape, Kiffin lamented the second-half turnovers but saw it as a lesson for his young team and an opportunity for growth.
“The way you look at it, it’s 28-3, you have two different opportunities to go up 35-3 and open up the game and blow the fumble on a missed shot that could have been a touchdown and sadly didn’t save them,” Kiffin said. “It’s a good lesson to learn. As we play against better teams, we couldn’t get away with some of the things that happened in the game, especially the three turnovers in one half of the football.”
With one game to go, Kiffin and his staff are still working to designate a starting quarterback for the season. jaxson dart I got the nod in Week 1, and now lucas altmyer will have his initial opportunity in Week 2.
“We would always like to have it figured out. This is not ideal,” Kiffin said. “lucas altmyer will go first in this game. That gives both of them a chance to go first. We’ll see how he plays.”
Dart had an up-and-down debut, leading four scoring drives and going 18-of-27 for 194 total yards, but his interception in the third quarter left the second-year quarterback wanting more from his outing. In limited relief action, Altmyer went 1-for-2 with 13 receiving yards.
Kiffin, as well as Dart and Altmyer’s teammates, believe both quarterbacks are more than capable of leading a lethal offense. However, the Rebel coaching staff will leave no stone unturned in identifying the right man for the job.
“You want to make sure you find the best guys,” Kiffin said. “We think this is what gives us the best long-term chance to win, assess the situation to get the best player. And we can still be wrong after that. It happens all the time.”
WEAR IT WITH PRIDE
Ahead of the opening week of the season, the Rebel football team had one final award to present to its players: the coveted Chucky Mullins Courage Award, presented annually to the senior defensive player who embodies the Mullins spirit: courage, leadership, perseverance and determination. . This year’s winner: KD Hill.
“It’s truly a blessing to be able to wear that number,” Hill said. “It’s an honor and a privilege. It’s something I’ve been working on since I was a freshman. When I first visited here, I heard about this number and always told myself I’d get it. It’s just determination.” and perseverance because my path to this point has not been easy. I thank God for everything he has given me because he has only made me stronger.”
Hill went viral on social media after winning the award when she called her mother to tell her the news. The heartwarming conversation garnered hundreds of thousands of views. For Hill, the call was a sign of a job well done, but not a job done, telling her mother that she still has more to do.
“I know the work I did when no one was looking. I know everything I’ve been through, it was for a reason,” Hill said. “It was very emotional because my mother was also a part of that process. She trusted me when no one else did.”