Senior tight end working for more touches in final season

Ole Miss senior tight end Evan Engram is thinking championship in his final season as a Rebel.

On life without Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil, etc.

“It’s real different on the field. You definitely can notice that they’re not there. I was thinking about it last night. It’s just their presence, their playmaking and how much they’ve meant to this team the past three years.”

 

On his role within the Ole Miss offense: 

“I’ll do what I have to do to help this team win. I want the ball every chance I get. I know my skill set. I’m real confident in my game and what I can bring to the table. I feel very confident with the ball in my hands and I think good things happen when I have the ball in my hands for our offense. I just can’t say I want the ball. I have to put the work in, and I’m definitely doing that right now and for the rest of the year, I will be.”

 

On working with quarterback Chad Kelly: 

“Chad and I have been working this whole break that we’ve had and we’ve had great chemistry the past two days. We’ve been talking about it. It’s on both of us. It’s on play-calling and I have to do my part as well. Look at teams that have won championships, they’ve had superstar quarterbacks. We’re definitely on the way, and we’re definitely working for a championship and nothing less than that.”

 

On the team’s approach: 

“It’s different in the fact that we need to attack the little things. We need to do every single little thing right to be a champion. You can’t cut any corners to get there. That’s our mindset right now. We have to hold ourselves to a standard that we’re not going to settle for just getting by. We’re not going to settle for 10-2 or 9-3 or whatever. We had a great year. The Sugar Bowl was nice, but I’d give up all those trophies for that one playoff championship trophy in a heartbeat. It’s very pleasing to look around and see the 3s out there and those guys could very easily be with the 1s. That competing is going to make our guys better. We’ve got four- and five-star guys coming in and they might be redshirting and on the scout team but that’s getting the defense ready to go against Texas A&M and ‘Bama and the grit and grind of the SEC.”

 

On recent success against Alabama: 

“I think it’s a mental thing. Some times you have to get knocked down to really wake up. Adversity happens to everybody and it’s how you respond. Us beating them on their field early in the season definitely was a wake up call to them. As you can tell, they definitely woke up and didn’t blink from then on. It’s definitely a mindset. It’s how you wake up and attack every single day.

 

“They won the championship. I guarantee they woke up every single day from that loss and attacked it. It’s definitely a situation to take notes from. We’re looking forward to beating them again but we have to take the mindset that even when we do beat them, we can’t get complacent. That’s the biggest thing for a team to do that wants to win a championship – (not) get complacent. Definitely in this league and with all the talent across the country, there’s no room for being complacent.”


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