Sitting at 3-4 and coming off back-to-back losses, the Ole Miss Rebels are pulling out all the stops to turn around a disappointing 2016 season.
On Tuesday, the team held a players-only meeting, tight end Evan Engram told the Oxford Eagle’s Davis Potter.
Evan Engram says #OleMiss had an "open room" players-only meeting today.
"We were able to be transparent with each other."
— Davis Potter (@DPotterOE) October 26, 2016
“Before today, it was just a kind of down. Not out, but just a little down,” Engram said after practice, via Scout’s Sudu Upadhyay on Twitter. “Today we had a great team meeting and we were able to be transparent with each other. It was just us guys in here talking it out, and I think it helped us a lot.
“We’re not out. We’re not down. No sense of giving up. Just a little crushed. I mean, we didn’t expect this, so as competitors, it’s a little upsetting. But I couldn’t be more pleased with how the team was today. Just attacking the day from workouts, to meetings and to practice today. Little bit before today we were a little down, but today we’re way up and a lot better.”
After starting the season 1-2, the Rebels looked to have gotten back on track with consecutive, convincing wins against Georgia and Memphis. But things have begun to spiral again, with losses two weeks ago at Arkansas, which just lost by 53 to Auburn, and last week to a rejuvenated LSU squad.
Ole Miss returns home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday, when it hosts No. 15 Auburn at 7:15 ET on SEC Network. Luckily for Ole Miss, its slate to end the season isn’t exactly daunting. After a tough game against the Tigers on Saturday, the Rebels’ schedule includes games against Georgia Southern and Vanderbilt, with their biggest test coming on the road against No. 9 Texas A&M on Nov. 12.