Hevesy and Players Press Conference 9-15

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Offensive line coach John Hevesy and two offensive players will meet with us around noon. Follow along for updates.
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Dameon Pierce says the O-line collectively has been busting their tails to get ready for the season.
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He says Dak Prescott told them to keep their heart where their feet are. When they're at the facility, they need to focus on football. When they're on their own, they can focus on other things, such as social justice issues. Having Prescott talk to them let them know that everybody is going through this together.
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He says Kyle Trask has taken great strides in becoming a better leader, and he also appears more confident to him. He's seen him put in the work over the years, so he's not surprised at the success he's having.

He says having a good running game can help any offense, and they've been working on that with the O-line to take the load off of Trask.
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Pierce says all of the backs have been pushing each other to get better in pass protection. The addition of Lorenzo Lingard "adds more firepower" to the room, and Malik Davis is hungry this fall.
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He says he was there as a brother and supported Davis through his rehab, but Davis is self-motivated and has a chip on his shoulder, so he didn't need much encouragement.

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He says the young guys are working hard and all have had their days. They've handled the adversity of this offseason well.
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He says he spent quarantine with his mother and took advantage of the family time by seeing people he doesn't get to see often.

He says Dan Mullen puts his athletes first and tries to understand things from their perspective, which you saw by him marching with the athletes.
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Pierce says he worked out in his backyard in Bainbridge, Ga., and his high school field. He tried to maintain his weight so "Coach Savage wouldn't yell at me too much." He focused on running routes and catching the ball.
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That's it for Pierce.
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Hevesy says finding more balance has been a big focus for his team. That would allow them to stay ahead of schedule and be more effective in play-action. They're looking for four yards on every run play. "Without the run game, the play-action doesn't really help us." He adds that they were just off a little bit on a lot of things last season, and they've done a great job of correcting them this fall.
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He says Malik Davis is the biggest running back to watch. They watched his film from 2017 when he first got here, and he's starting to look like that guy.
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He says Stewart Reese is playing guard and tackle for them. It's a good problem for them to have. There's no ego involved with him, and having a guy like that is big for the other guys. He does his work and has earned the respect of his teammates. He thinks having three years of experience in this league will allow him to share tips with other guys.
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He says Stone Forsythe is a very intelligent guy who needs to play with quicker and harder hands and feet. He's done a great job of that so far this fall. He's also become a great leader among the group. He shows the younger guys how to conduct themselves.
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Hevesy says their lack of experience hurt them at times last year, such as when they got unexpected looks or pressures from the defense. They weren't able to process those things as fast as they needed to. They've done a good job of learning in the film room and not repeating mistakes. "You see the mental part of the game has really acceled for them." He says that they actually watched more film via Zoom this offseason than they normally would.
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He says the only thing that changed this offseason was not being able to work on fundamentals with them for five months. He gave them instructions a little bit at a time so that they wouldn't develop a bunch of bad habits that he'd have to change when they got back and not overwhelm them.
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He says Reese gave to him at MSU weighing around 380, and he was able to play within a year, much like Ethan White did. White is down to around 330 pounds right now. They viewed White as a guy who could move in recruiting with confidence that they'd be able to shed the bad weight and get him conditioned.
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He says the freshmen linemen have made great progress. They used Zoom to learn a ton of things over the summer. Very simply, they learned what to do and their various assignments. Now that they're back, they're learning more about how to do it.

Josh Braun weighs about 350 now. They have him playing guard right now because it's simpler to learn and a smoother adjustment. They'll see what he can do and possibly start moving him around in future years.
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Hevesy says the biggest thing they need to get over is playing against a different defense. They have to prepare for a number of things with Ole Miss having a new staff. They'll be fine as long as they stick to their base fundamentals and what they for as an offense. They've gone against every pressure in the book this fall; now they need to pull from that bank and get ready for a specific opponent.
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That's all for Hevesy.
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Due to academic conflicts, that will be it for today.
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