Ole Miss preparing for loud FSU football crowd, Dalvin Cook
HOOVER, Ala. - Ole Miss is expecting a hostile crowd when it opens the season in a "neutral-site" game against Florida State at Orlando's Camping World Stadium.
"I did get a kick out of our AD telling me it's a neutral-site game - and I'd use that in quotes, ‘neutral site,'" Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said at Thursday's SEC media days. "I explain to him, anytime you go on a road to a neutral-site game and you have to use silent cadence, it shouldn't be considered a neutral site."
Freeze said Ole Miss will treat the game as if it were an SEC road game. One advantage of playing such a marquee game to begin the season? It's easy to keep players motivated.
"You'll have the eyes of the nation on you," Freeze said. "The kids know that. They get that."
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly said he welcomes the challenge of playing FSU.
"If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best," Kelly said. "It's going to be a great game. They have some great players. They are good on defense, and their offense is pretty good, too."
Rebels defensive lineman D.J. Jones said he expects the game's atmosphere to be pretty neutral because the SEC travels well. Jones and his teammates have already been studying FSU star running back Dalvin Cook to see his jump cuts and how he makes plays.
"He's a different back (than what you see in the SEC)," Jones said. "If he gets into space, he's trouble. But if you can box him up early, control the line of scrimmage, he'll have a long night."