Today I was able to talk with Acey Roberts and Jake Wimberly with MakeItRainSports.com about the upcoming game with Ole Miss. I did an interview with them for their podcast which you can listen to here starting at about the 11:15 mark and in return they gave me some answers to all the questions (all = 5) that we had about Ole Miss:
1. When an Ole Miss fan hears the name Boise State, what do they think of?
When I think of Boise State, I think of the ultimate example of team work. A school that has a very small natural recruiting base but gets more out of their boys than schools that have better talented players. I always have thought a group of guys playing for each other are capable of beating anyone, and that is certainly the case with Boise State football.
2. How good is the Ole Miss coaching staff at in-game adjustments? Being that no one is quite sure what the Boise State offense will look like can they adjust on the fly?
I think the current Ole Miss staff has been good at adjustments but they also have a lot of options on the roster that make adjustments easier. Quite a few kids can play several positions. On defense, they have several hybrid linebacker/safeties (Denzel Nkemdiche, Tony Conner) so it makes it easier to go to a 4-2 base defense or a 3-4. On the dline they have several ends that can play tackle also and vice versa (Robert Nkemdiche, Issac Gross). On offense they can go 5 wide and starting this year we are hoping some extra beef at tight end can help us run the ball in the red zone with a 2 tight end set (Jeremy Liggins).
3. We all know about Laquon Treadwell but what are Bo Wallace’s other options at WR?
Ole Miss lost their best wide receiver last year in junior Donte Moncrief who elected to enter the NFL draft and looks to be making some noise with the Indianapolis Colts. In his absence, Treadwell will move to the flanker and try to garner the same double teams down the field. Senior Vince Sanders returns as the boundary receiver after an injury laden junior year and we expect him to be the second best receiver. Sanders was the second best receiver as a sophomore behind Moncrief. At the slot you have two guys in Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo. Core is your typical sure handed possession receiver and Adeboyejo at is more explosive and at 6′-3″ can be a big mismatch. Ole Miss also rotates in a smaller tight end (Evan Engram) that they like to throw to a lot. He plays more like a slot receiver in this offense. There is also a highly touted freshman that Ole Miss flipped from Florida State, Markell Pack, that could have a big impact. Freeze is not afraid to play freshman as we saw with Treadwell last year.
4. The Ole Miss tailgating scene is legendary. Originally this game was scheduled for 2011 in Oxford. What are we missing out on?
Tailgating at Ole Miss or as we call it “Groving” is more like a picnic than a tailgate. There is a 10 acre grove of native oaks in the center of campus where everyone sets up tents and enjoys the day visiting with old friends and making new ones. Lots of schools have a big tailgating crowd but what makes Ole Miss unique is that everyone is slammed together. The tents literally touch each other spanning the entire 10 acres. It can become rather overwhelming but everyone is very accommodating. People offer food and seats to opposing fans and there are no fights even when hated LSU comes to town. Tent owners try to out do each other on the food and the beverages available. It’s not unusual to see decorative lighting, big screen TVs, floral displays, chandeliers and ice carvings all inside a 10’x10′ red or blue pop-up tent. You may have heard that many Ole Miss fans dress business casual and women will often look like they are ready for the runway.
5. For the past few weeks we ave been hearing a lot of “Hotty Toddy”. Where did this phrase come from and what exactly does it mean?
Thanks again to Acey and Jake for having Blue Turf Nation on their show and for giving us answers to these hard-hitting questions!