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October 28, 2013

MMQB: Good time for a bye week

We've made it to the second bye week. It's a been a couple nice weeks getting to this one.

After the big win over LSU which people are still talking about and the win over Idaho the Rebels get the breather, and it's big and comes at the right time for us.

You're winding down the season when you get to late October and November and guys are bang dup. This is a great thing to give them a couple days where Hugh Freeze can monitor them and give them breaks without a game imminent. Most can see their families over the weekend potentially. This means a lot.

I can remember from when I played how it's not easy to always get on the practice field with intensity when you get to November. It takes a little something mentally. You hope guys keep pushing on, and I know the fans are behind them. There are good things in Oxford right now.

We're at 5-3 at the two-thirds point, and that's a good place to be. Looking at this schedule I didn't think this at the beginning, but I'm glad the harder teams were earlier. You play those guys a little more fresh and now on the back end when you're beat up a little and dealing with bumps and bruises there are a few weeks to heal. The stretch run is all about getting as healthy as possible.

It's funny I think the football gods giveth and taketh away. The first bye week was a week or two too early, but this one is perfect. Fans Need a break, too. After three straight in Oxford and three more coming up, everybody needs a break to get energized. I'm going to enjoy the bye week and get ready to cheer on the Rebels against Arkansas.

As for the game, one thing stuck out on each side of the ball.

Offensively, the one thing about it is the running backs want playing time. Jaylen Walton and I'Tavius Mathers have really stepped up in Jeff Scott's absence, and there's great depth there. The guys have to prove they want to play and practice hard because there's competition. We have depth if guys go down. They are pushing each other and making plays.

Defensively, the most important thing against Idaho was being fundamentally sound. We didn't bust a ton of coverages or miss a lot of assignments. With all the injuries and guys sitting out that's big. When the games get back going, the same routes will be run, and there's a confidence we're going to finish this thing the right way.

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