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Evan Engram, John Youngblood and Marquis Haynes discuss the Rebels' disappointing loss to Alabama

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram and defensive ends John Youngblood and Marquis Haynes met the media to discuss the Rebels' 48-43 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

TE Evan Engram

On blowing another three-touchdown lead: “It hurts. We have the talent. We have the guys to compete with the best teams in the country. For us to get up like that twice and watch it wash away, we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror. Coach said every play has a play of its own, whether we’re up 20 or down 20. We’ve got to take every single play and look at each other and say I’m going to give you my all every single play, whether it’s on the sideline or between the whistles, outside the whistles. It’s tough. But we’re not down. We’re a strong team, we’re a young team. We’re going to keep working, and we’re going to be back.” On why he thinks such a loss has happened twice now: “Great question. Turned the ball over in our red zone, give them a touchdown. Special teams, they had a big return for a touchdown before the half. Both teams got momentum at the end of the first half and it just carries over. We hurt ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot. We hurt ourselves. Things don’t go our way.” On what’s missing: “Energy? No. We’re a really energetic team. We fight for each other. Focus? Yes. Small things? Yes. There’s a lot that goes into this game, and some things we missed today.” On how to keep a young team from getting down: “No concern at all. We’re a young team, but we recruit guys that are going to come in and play with heart. As leaders, that’s what we have to demand and have to keep away from. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a long season ahead of us. This game does not end our season, and this SEC is a grind. Every team goes through. Anything can happen. We’ve got to play for ourselves, win out and take every game like it’s a championship game and see what happens.”

DE John Youngblood

On blowing another three-touchdown lead: “We did play a good football team, both teams. But it really preaches on the aspect that we need to continue to finish games and we just need to stay in it when it gets late.” On why they haven’t been able to hold on: “Not really sure. The No. 1 team and the No. 2 team in the nation showed that they’re the No. 1 team and the No. 2 team in the nation. On if the team has the composure to finish such games: “We are (composed). I really think we’re prepared to win, I just think we’re playing with a lot of young guys. A lot of people don’t know that. I feel like we need to get a little more experience and a little more depth back. We’ve got a lot of guys hurt.” On struggles to stop the run: “We obviously fitted up as well as we could, but they’re really talented. They’re running back doesn’t look like a normal running back. He ran hard.” On his fumble returned for a touchdown: “There’s only one thing on my mind, and that’s my father. Thought of him, and thought of my family being there at the game. So glad they were able to be there to witness it.” On making sure the team doesn’t get down: “Leadership. Me, Breeland (Speaks), Issac Gross, Demarquis Gates, we constantly talk to them, especially the young guys, to let them know it’s going to be a 60-minute battle. Y’all saw how it turned out; it went down to the wire.”

DE Marquis Haynes

On struggling to stop Jalen Hurts: “The difference was they went from throwing the ball to running the ball and hitting us with play-action.” On losing another three-touchdown lead: “It’s all about effort, really. Just effort.” On why that’s happened twice: “It’s unusual, but it’s effort. We’ve got to learn to finish.” On the mood of the locker room: “All heads up, everybody staying positive, everybody keeps your head up. Go see your family; you played well. Nothing to get mad about.” On if the team will respond: “We will respond. We will respond.”


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