Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze knows he has to keep his players motivated after the Rebels third loss of the season

Coming into the 2016 season, Ole Miss had SEC title and College Football playoff aspirations. After suffering its third loss of the season last Saturday against Arkansas, those goals are out of the Rebels' hands.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze expects his team to respond but knows this will be one of his harder jobs in motivating his team.

"It feels like that standing here today for sure," Freeze said on Monday at his weekly press conference. "It’s one though that I think that this is when you find out a lot about yourself, a lot about your team and a lot about your kids. 

It won’t be done just because I come to work and say 'we’re fixing to bow up and get it done.' It’s going to take a collaborative effort of a lot of people, a lot of kids and a lot of young kids that we’re playing that this is a bit foreign to."

Freeze is a big picture coach. He often speaks about his journey and the journey his football team takes. His message to the Rebels has been the same.

"I again preached to them that this life and this football team isn’t about an individual event," Freeze said. "It's about a journey and that journey to some is this is their last year, for some it’s a four year journey, for some it’s a three year journey.

I hope for me it’s a long long journey. You have to approach it like that and you have to answer the bell."

The bell will need to be answered this weekend in Death Valley as Ole Miss faces LSU. The Tigers have won two straight games after the firing of head coach Les Miles in a week four loss to Auburn, which resulted in the promotion of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach. Freeze understands the responsibility he has to get his team ready for another tough road matchup and to keep them motivated for the rest of the season.

"We’re a team that can win every week," Freeze said. We’ve proven that. We’re also a team that can lose because everybody’s got good talent.

Finding the way to continue to motivate when those difficult losses come is certainly a great challenge. It’s what we have to do. It’s what you’re called to do. It’s what our university expects, what our people deserve and we’ve gotta rally and respond"

Ole Miss faces LSU at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.


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