Ole Miss Wide Receivers Coach Ron Dickerson knows what it's like to taste victory as the enemy in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Last year, in one of the biggest upsets of the new century, the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where Dickerson was employed as a defensive backs coach, rolled into T-Town as a heavy underdog and left as a 21-14 winner.
Dickerson has good memories of that day, but he's kind of matter-of-fact in describing it.
"We weren't intimidated by the surroundings. We played as a team - we were humble and together in our mission - and we believed we were going to go in there and win," said Dickerson, who is hoping for a repeat by the Rebels Saturday. "We played sound, fundamental football, we stayed away from bad plays and we didn't turn the ball over.
"When you do those things, anyone can win at any time. It's not a secret or some magic formula."
Dickerson's Father, Ron Sr., gave the pregame talk to ULM.
"He told them that only a handful of people anywhere believed they could win, but as long as they believed, they could do it, no matter what anyone else thought," Ron stated. "Our guys practiced hard, they prepared to win, they stayed focused and they believed."
Dikerson firmly believes the Rebels are capable of an "upset" too, even though the number two-ranked Tide is a two TD favorite in the SEC West contest.
"Our guys are scholarship players in the SEC too. They are here for a reason - because they are good enough to compete and win in this conference," Dickerson continued. "A key to winning any game is believing you can. Our kids believe they can win.
"You still have to go out and perform and do the things winning teams do, but I think we showed at Florida we are capable of that kind of game."
Ron will attack the Tide with a veteran wide receiver group - Mike Wallace, Shay Hodge, Dexter McCluster - and some relative newcomers who are starting to hit their stride - Lionel Breaux, Markeith Summers and Andrew Harris.
"They have worked hard and prepared themselves for these kinds of games," he said. "They will be ready."
Dickerson is pleased with the progress his guys have made this year.
"They want to be the best and have worked hard on trying to reach that goal. They have been unselfish and humble," he said. "They have individually and collectively strived to get better. That's what you want from your guys."
Dickerson has several keys to his group having success against a talented Bama defense/secondary.
"We've got to do a good job blocking downfield, we have to run crisp routes and we have to make plays. Basic football," Ron said. "Alabama has a real good secondary and they are well-coached. They are fast and aggressive. They are a challenge. We have to play our best game.
"They have some great athletes in their secondary. All of them can play the game."
Dickerson expects a great chess match.
"They play smart. Who's going to be patient, who's going to take a chance when you need to take a chance, who's going to play sound fundamental football? It's going to be an interesting chess match," he closed.
Dickerson was part of a team that caught lightning in the bottle last year at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
It's been said lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Dickerson believes otherwise.
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