The win over the nationally-ranked Florida Gators was a big step in the 2002 season but the win could also benefit future seasons with its impact on the prep prospects in attendance. Getting the win in front of some of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi is exactly what the Rebels coaching staff was hoping for. The atmosphere in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was electric and it did not go unnoticed. So, who were those prospects in attendance and what do they have to say about the win?
A "who's who " list of the top prospects in Mississippi
showed up for the game this past Saturday in Oxford. Athlete Quinton Culberson
, linebacker Marquis McBeath
, cornerback Trumaine McBride
, Sean Merrill
, and quarterback Jeremy Young
were among those on hand for the exciting win over the Gators. The Ole Miss Insider
caught up with Culberson and McBeath for their thoughts about the game:
"I liked it and I like Eli Manning," said Culberson. "Ole Miss did a good job of defending (Rex) Grossman. Actually, they did a great job on offense and defense."
"I was a good game," said McBeath. "I felt it was a defensive struggle and the Ole Miss defense has come a long way since the beginning of the season."
Two top out of state prospects were also in attendance. Linebacker Daniel Brooks and athlete Chris Russell are two highly recruited prospects from the state of Tennessee. The Ole Miss Insider spoke to Russell for his thoughts.
"It was awesome," said Russell. "The defense played real well. The secondary had an outstanding game. I just liked the way the whole team played."
Other prospects believed to have been in attendance were quarterback Cliff Davis, athlete Durrell Fuqua, defensive back Javar Pollard, and athlete Ricky Wright.