"We are on a simple mission, and that is to beat Alabama," stated the always quotable Quinn Sanford. "We want to show everybody we can take the best players in Mississippi and beat the best players in Alabama. In the year's past, you were not always playing our best against their best because so many players did not play in it for this or that. But now, we are all here, and we are ready to show everyone that you can't beat Mississippi."
Sanford also wants to prove a couple more
"We want to show everyone how disciplined we are and how good
of friends we have become in only a week or so. We have really bonded down here."
bonding includes a large contingent of players who will stay together well after
the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game is over.
"It seems like everyone
is going to Ole Miss down here. Everybody is ready to shock the country next year.
We have all been talking about sticking together and winning a national championship
for Ole Miss. We have just clicked down here."
Sanford has won four
state championships at South Panola but this could be the biggest event he has
played in yet.
"It has been nothing like I have ever experienced before.
I am getting a good take on how it is going to be on the next level. During two
a days, I had never worked like that before. The speed is so different here. They
are all super fast like I have never seen before. This is how it is going to be
like on the next level so it lets you know where you stand and where you need
What has Sanford learned about his own game?
have learned that anything I set my mind to, I can do it. I did not think I would
be in shape to make it through two a days, but I made it just fine. I also have
learned that athletically, I belong on this level."
Who is the best
player the "Big Q" has gone up against?
"Wille Packer because
he is real fast and quick. He gets me, and then I get him. We just love to compete
against each other. He is real quick, like cat quick. I have to somehow stay in
front of him to pass block. I have never faced anybody like Willie. I am glad
he is headed up to Ole Miss with me."
There are also a few more players
on Mississippi's squad that have stood out, outside the South Panola players.
Tobias Smith from Columbus. He is real good. Both our QB's (#18
Bret Jefcoat and #16 Charles Rancifer) can
throw the ball and are real athletic. I did not know they were anything like that.
And RB Meco Brow, he might be little, but that
boy can cut and go. DeAndre Brown, all I can say is that cat is for real.
He can run like a little guy, jump like Carl Lewis and body you up like a big
tight end. I have never seen anything like him before. Bo Tillman and Josh Tillman are for real too. Bo told me he had never been hit like I did him.
We have become real close down here. Me and DeAndre have too. Really, all of us
have become close. We are like a big family already. This is the best experience
of my lifetime. I can't wait to tell my people back home about it."
"Big Q" ready to bring the title back home
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