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Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and defensive end Marquis Haynes weigh in on the Rebels' loss at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. - Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and defensive end Marquis Haynes met the media following the Rebels' 38-21 loss at LSU Saturday night.


On the second half struggles: “Just didn’t execute. That’s what it comes down to.” On the mood of the team: “We’ve just got to change it around, man. We hate to lose. It stinks sitting here and saying this and that most every week. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to get those young guys to pick it up. The older guys set the standard. They’re going to look at us for help. We’ve got to show them we’re here, and we’ve got to keep on working. We’re going to regroup, watch the film and get better for a good Auburn team. On handling adversity: “Keep God first and keep on working second. That’s what it comes down to. You’ve got to work hard every day in practice for it to relate in the game.” On team morale: “We’ve just got to keep the intensity up. We can’t hang our heads on a bad play and next thing you know we’re down by 10. We’ve got to keep our heads up and keep on fighting. Keep on bringing those guys up. We can’t say the game’s over so quick. We’ve got to keep fighting. We’ve got to finish in the second half; that’s the biggest thing, man. It starts in practice. We’ve really got to understand when times get tough, we’ve got to push even harder. That’s the biggest thing right now with this team. We’ve got to fight until the last second, whether we’re down 10 or up by 15. We’ve got to keep on fighting.” On pressure he feels: “I got to hit my check-downs. The first (interception) I threw, the check-down was open. Second one, trying to make a play. First or second down, throw it away. Live to play another down.” On if the LSU showed any different looks: “They played two-high, one-high. Little bit of this, little bit of that.” On frustration from discussing same mistakes over and over: “Definitely. Definitely.”


On struggles stopping the run: “We just had a couple of mistakes. We’re going to get better. Watch film tomorrow, come in with a better attitude and fix the mistakes and get better.” On team morale: “That’s my thing. I try to go out there and be a leader, tell them to pick their heads up and stuff. Even when we’re losing, still gotta stay positive. You never know what can happen in a four-quarter game.” On the success of Leonard Fournette: “Basically, we just had some missed fits. That’s all. We had some busted coverages and missed fits. That’s all.” On why missed fits are still happening this late in the season: “I think we’re just overdoing it. We’re overreacting to it. But we’re going to get better from this. This is a learning experience for all of us. We’ve had some people step up and be a true leader — me, Tony Conner, Tony Bridges. We’re all talking to the team afterwards. We’re going to get better.” On the mood of the team: “It’s positive right now. Even though we lost, we’re still positive. We’re going to have fun the rest of the season. We’re going to see what’s in store for us next. We just need to focus in on our key assignments. Whatever we watch tomorrow, throw it in the trash because we’ve got a big game against Auburn.”

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