Coach O Postgame

First-year Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron, his team now 3-7 overall and 1-6 in SEC play, spoke briefly to media members after the Rebels lost a lopsided game to LSU.

The following are Coach Ed Orgeron's comments after the Ole Miss Rebels lost to the LSU Tigers 40-7.

Orgeron: Give LSU credit. That is an excellent football team, a well-coached football team. Very talented. They were physical and fast and knew what they were doing. They were excellent on defense. Obviously we couldn't get much done. Their kickoff team hurt us on field position. They made the big plays on offense when they had to. We got beat deep again. Give LSU credit. That was a very talented football team that we played today and a good football team.

Q: Were you disappointed your team wasn't more competitive?

Orgeron: We'd love to have been more competitive. Our guys before the game were fired up. We just could not get anything going on offense. Defenslvey we struggled a little bit with the passing game. We basically got nothing done.

Q: What happened to Ethan Flatt?

Orgeron: Just a hard hit. I don't know exactly what happened. Couple hard knocks there.

Q: How tough was this game?

Orgeron: It's tough. Really tough. I didn't think it would be that bad. We've got to get bigger, stronger, and faster. This is a team (LSU) that we'll play every year. They're a lot further along than we are right now. We have a ways to go to catch up with LSU.

Q: How does LSU compare to Southern Cal?

Orgeron: I don't know that. I really don't know. They are one of the top teams we've played, them and Auburn. LSU was very physical on both sides of the ball. They have speed and are well-coached.

Q: Would having a healthy Mico McSwain made a difference?

Orgeron: Having Mico always gives us the big play ability. Mico has made a lot out of nothing this year. He might have been able to pop a couple of runs. But we will not be better on offense until we get better on the line of scrimmage.

Q: Are you considering any coaching staff changes?

Orgeron: There will be no discussion of my staff. Obviously after the season I will look at my staff and look at what we're doing, yes.

Q: How hard is it going to be to get your team ready for the arch-rival game?

Orgeron: Every time the team has come in on Monday, they've had an excellent attitude. Their practice has been good and everybody has been upbeat. I set the tone tonight (to the team) that when you're at Ole Miss, you have to undcerstand that you have to beat Mississippi State. And we understand that.

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