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Sometimes warnings are not heeded. Sometimes it just takes them time to sink in. The Rebels got an early turnover for a quick score and then played pitty-pat with Northern Arizona until they realized they better turn it up a notch. Read what the players said about the 38-14 win inside.

The following are player quotes after the 38-14 win over Northern Arizona. The Rebels were into the game early on about like the fans who bothered to attend were - hardly at all.

WR Shay Hodge: (On his 7-catch, 169-yard, 2-TD game) I want the ball. They gave it to me and I was fortunate enough to make something happen when my number was dialed up. I'm going to do my best to make plays when Jevan throws it my way. I think our timing and chemistry is getting better each game, but we need to keep working because it's not down pay all the way yet. I think he's comfortable with me. I played QB in high school and I know I always looked to the guy I knew was going to catch the ball. (On the offense) I think we did OK considering only two starters played on the offensive line at their normal positions. We did the best we could under the circumstances. We weren't very consistent, but with that makeshift OL, we put enough together to win the game. (On the upcoming SEC stretch, starting with Tennessee) We are going to have to bring our A game for all three of our final games. They are all good. The first one, against UT, is kind of personal. Coach O (Ed Orgeron) never did anything to me, but the way I saw him treat some people, I know some guys are going to come out with a real fire in their belly and get after them pretty bad.

QB Jevan Snead: (On Shay Hodge) I feel real fortunate to have him on our team. Every time I throw it up there to him, he's likely to come down with it. I trust him 100% when I throw the ball to him. (On the offense) We had basically a new OL and those guys, under the circumstances, did a tremendous job. They stepped up and did the best they could. I think we learned some things tonight and got some things corrected. We weren't very consistent, but we did enough good things to win and put up some points. (On Northern Arizona) We try to prepare for everyone the same, but we watch the film. I wish them the best of luck in their conference, but it's just not the same as playing an SEC team. I'm looking forward to getting back into conference play next week. (On Michael Herrick) I think he did a great job of getting rid of the ball and moving the ball against our defense in spots. I'm happy for him and that things are going well for him. (On getting Dexter McCluster, John Jerry, Bradley Sowell and some others back in the fold) I'm glad the injured ones got a week to heal up and glad the others got a rest. I think that will be big for us down the stretch. We need them healthy and it was a good game to get the younger guys some reps. Even though some of our main guys didn't play, the guys who replaced them did really good. I was proud of them. Bobby Massie was solid. Tank Washington stepped up and did what he had to do. (On the final three games) We know we are going to have to step up our focus. We know each of our next opponents have good defenses and we know we are going to have to play at the top of our game.

RT Bobby Massie: (On his first extensive duty) The speed of the game is a lot different, but I think I did pretty good for my first start. It's all about playing faster - physically and mentally. I was glad to get this shot. My run blocking was pretty good, but I still need to work on my pass protection. I'm just like any freshman - I just need to get reps and keep building. Tonight helped my confidence though. John (Jerry) has been like a second coach for me. He stays on me every day. I have a felt a jump in my game the last two weeks or so. I come to meetings early every day to have some one-on-one time with Coach (Mike) Markuson and he gets me mentally prepared for the day. He tests me every day and that's what I need. The more I learn about defenses, the easier it will be for me to get in there and get the job done. I'm very happy with my progress, but I know I still have a lot of work to do. What I have going for me though is that I know I can do it physically and I love the game.

DE Kentrell Lockett: (On his field goal block) I just got my hand up and the ball hit me on the inside of my arm. It hurts now, but it was worth it. (On the defense) We played down to our opponent for a while, even though our coaches preached to us all week not to. We did it anyway. Then Coach (Tyrone) Nix jumped us pretty good and got our attention. We played decent ball after that. We're human. We thought we could just go out there and stroll around and get the win. All of a sudden it's 14-14 and we decided we better wake up and play ball. Michael (Herrick) did a nice job spreading the ball around against us. He's bigger and smarter and he's letting the ball go.

LG Alex Washington: (On his first start) I was so excited, I had to settle down and concentrate. I did OK once I settled in. We protected the quarterback pretty good and at times we ran the ball OK. For a line that hasn't played together but a couple of day, I was proud of what we did. We are used to going against our defense every day in practice, so the speed of the game was not something I had to adjust to, but our assignments were kind of difficult at times even though we went into the game with a limited gameplan.

FS Kendrick Lewis: (On the defense) This game was good for us. We did some good things defensively, even after having a bad week last week. We came out and knew we had to step up to the plate. (On the secondary allowing big plays) Anytime someone catches a deep ball, there's a sense of disappointment. You want to know where the breakdown is or who slipped up. But we went back to the sidelines and gathered ourselves. (On if the defense is where it needs to be with three-straight conference games on deck) I believe so. If everybody focuses, does their job and we execute in all three phases as a team, we can pull off these three games. (On the challenge of the upcoming games) It's a sense of you know this is a big challenge. Week in and week out, every team in the SEC is going to be good. It's good we have three back to back and two at home. It's going to be a great challenge, but if we focus, we can pull these wins out. (On the significance of playing his former coach next week) When it comes down to it, it's just another game. But it's our old coach over there. That plays a part in it. Guys go a little bit harder. But it's just another team and win we need to get.

RB Brandon Bolden: (On his bruising 45-yard touchdown run) Once I got the ball, I didn't want to go down. We wanted to get points right then and it was my turn to do something. I just tried my hardest and eventually got in the end zone. Every time I saw somebody, I just tried to bounce off of them and tried to keep going. (On the difficulty of playing a lesser opponent) You can never take any team too lightly. Anything can happen in football. If you take a team lightly, any team can beat you. We took them as if we were playing Tennessee and attacked them like that, but deep down we knew they weren't Tennessee or an SEC opponent. (On finally getting back into the end zone) It was a long time coming. Every time I touched the ball, I tried to hit the hole as hard and fast as I could. I did that tonight. I feel good about it.


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