Ole Miss quarterback says the Rebels are all business with the Sugar Bowl drawing near

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly said the Rebels are all business as the Sugar Bowl draws near. Ole Miss is set to face Oklahoma State Jan. 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

On the Sugar Bowl:

“I think it’s great for this conference, for both conferences really. It’ll be a good test for both of us. I know both of us are excited to get out there and play against one another. We’re not really familiar with each other’s playing styles and this and that, but I think it would be good to get out there and try something different.”

On what a win would mean for Ole Miss:

“It’s huge. Those games are always big, but this one being the Sugar Bowl, we haven’t been there in 40-something years or whatever it is, but I know talking to a lot of people that formerly went here and that have been here for a long time, this is the real deal when it's the Sugar Bowl. I know we’re going to be put in all the hard work that we can. We’re going to go out and execute.”

On Ole Miss’ momentum heading into the game:

“Keep on playing. Keep up with the momentum. All the guys are playing great from top to bottom. We’re excited to have that opportunity to go play in the Sugar Bowl because that’s the next game. We’re just honored to be in this position.”

On the first week of bowl practices:

“Definitely intense. I think everybody was glad to be out there. Everybody brought it. I know all the guys are glad to get back out there with each other and start working hard again.”

Can Ole Miss keep up in shootout?

“Our defense is going to be ready to play. We can understand we have to capitalize on every opportunity we get when we get the ball. That goes back to the Arkansas game because you can’t take one possession lightly. You've got to score on all your possessions because you never know. One possession could be the deciding factor in the game. I know both teams are great teams, and we’re going to have to play our ‘A’ game.”

On if he expects a shootout:

“It can be, but I have confidence in our defense they can make stops. We play against a great defense every single day. That’s what gets us prepared, too. I know both teams are going to come out firing.”

On making up for the TCU loss in the Peach Bowl last season:

“You can kind of say that, but it’s a whole new team, new DNA, it’s a new bowl game. We want to go out with a bang and start the offseason out right. We’re going to keep putting in the work that we have to do to win the game. We have to keep focused, understand why we’re there. We’re going (to New Orleans) to win the Sugar Bowl, not to go play around.”

On balancing work and fun:

“You have to. This isn’t a vacation. This is to go down there and win this game. This is a football game and this means everything to this university and our players and our coaches. We have to make sure we go out and execute every single day in practice so it relates to the game field.”

On his relationship with the Mannings:

“Just kind of listen to how they prepared for games, how they study film, how they carried themselves on and off the field. Everybody is looking at you to be the leader on and off the field. You have to conduct yourself with you being the head honcho and the leader of the team.”

Eli or Peyton?

“Eli’s more of a laid-back guy, kind of wants to have fun and be about his business on the field. He just said go out and have fun. That’s what he did. That’s what he’s always known to do. That’s why he likes the game so much. He’s having fun when he’s doing it.”

On the impact of wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow: 

“I think he’s played really well this whole year. We’ve just got to find ways to get him the ball more. He’s a great receiver, which all those guys are. String’s big and physical. He loves hitting, he loves blocking. He likes doing it all. We’ve got to find different ways to get guys the ball and put them in the best position to succeed.”

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