Just Do It

Ole Miss Quarterback Zack Stoudt believes the Rebels are capable of winning football, they just have to step up and do it.

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Ole Miss QB Zack Stoudt was welcomed to the Southeastern Conference with a five interception performance against Vanderbilt in the Rebs' 30-7 loss last Saturday.

"That was not the intro I thought it was going to be," said Stoudt, head down slightly.

Zack did not try to dodge the bullet of responsibility, not at all.

"I put it all on myself. Five interceptions? You never do that. You can't do that. We all made mistakes at every position, but, I mean, I'm the quarterback," he said. "I'm in charge of the offense and I am responsible for how we do. That's on me."

Stoudt boiled it all down to lack of execution.

"We didn't get it done," he continued. "Some of the coaches say we have too much in right now, but I'm not so sure. There's a big difference in not understanding and not executing. We just weren't executing.

"After that first interception, we just kept making little mistake after little mistake and it kept piling up. We just couldn't pull ourselves out of it. We tried, but every time we got something going, we'd shoot ourselves in the foot again. It was just one of those days."

He expects there to be some cutting down of the offense and that move should make things easier to execute.

"We need to get really good at a portion of our offense and work on it hard so we can get something going," noted Zack. "We need to have something to hang our hats on."

Zack Stoudt
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Stoudt remains baffled by the way the game unfolded due to the days leading up to the team going to Nashville.

"Last week was the best week of practice we have ever had. Tuesday and Wednesday were beautiful practices. We were confident," he stated. "That may have been what happened to us Saturday. We had such a good week of practice that once things started going poorly, we were shocked and taken by surprise. That kept leading to another mistake."

He knows the Rebel offense can do much, much better.

"I think we can do a lot of things well. We can run everything in our playbook well. We just have to stop talking about it and go out there and freaking do it," he added. "We have great players, we just have to make up our minds as players to go do it.

"It means a lot that the coaches are still backing me. It means a lot that he is telling me to keep my head up and that we'll get it right. Coach (Houston) Nutt is taking a lot of heat right now that he shouldn't. He's being a head coach and doing what he has to do by putting it on himself, but we are the players. We are the ones who have to go out there and do it.

"People talking about the playcalling being questionable is just not true. We have to do it. Technically, every play you call should work if everyone does their job. We should be able to run up the middle every play if everyone gets their block. To lay this on the coaches is silly. We are not doing what we are supposed to do."

The key for the Rebel offense is to, obviously, get something going.

"We can't worry about the opposing defense right now. We have to execute and get something going for our own peace of mind," Zack noted. "We have to get good at what we are doing and do it, no matter what the defense does."

Stoudt does not like the taste of losing at all.

"It's not OK to lose. I couldn't sleep at all the past two nights. I am not OK with that. We as players need to realize that and start making some plays," Stoudt said. "I think everyone on offense feels that way. If not, we all need to start thinking that way."

Zack is giving his best shot at being a leader.

"I am trying to be more vocal. I haven't asked the guys if they think I am a leader, but I don't think that matters. I have to do it anyway," he said. "I'm doing all I can to get guys motivated and play well. Obviously, I didn't do a good enough job with that Saturday. That's something I work on each week."

Zack is trying to put the Vandy game behind him quickly, and said he will, but this one sticks in his craw.

"I don't think they were better than us. I know they weren't better than us," he closed. "We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot over and over and over.

"We know we have the capabilities to win. We just have to go do it."

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