But it was Willie Packer
constant pressure (6 QB hurries and 2 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage)
that set the tone for the whole game. Willie simply could not be blocked as he
was too quick for any lineman they put in front of him.
What did the 6'
2", 275 pound defensive tackle think of his performance?
did what I do best," added the always humble and quiet, Willie Packer. "I
just got after it and played football."
Packer had one main thing
on his mind going into the game.
"We really wanted to beat Alabama
after the banquet we had down there. One of the guys said Mississippi needed a
victory and kind of laughed at us. That really motivated us."
does it feel to beat Alabama?
"It feels good to beat Alabama. We had
not beaten them in the past few years, and we had the team to do it. The coaches
pushed us all week, and we are the type of players they needed to come out and
do what they wanted us to do."
What did Packer learn about himself
from the All-Star week?
"That I played good all season, and I am ready
for the college level."
Who was the best player Willie went up against?
dude from Hoover (Matt Jones)."
Did Willie get to bond with any of
the players during the week?
"Yea, the South Panola boys (Quinn Sanford
, Bud Barksdale
). They are good people. It's going to be a lot
of fun playing with them (at Ole Miss)."
Does Packer remain committed
to Ole Miss?
"Yea, nothing has changed. I am still coming."
official visits set?
"The only one I have set up is on January
25th at Ole Miss. Tennessee, LSU, USM, some others are still wanting me to come
in and visit, but I am just concentrating on my books right now. That is the only
thing on my mind."
How are Willie's grades looking?
am doing good so far. I am just trying to keep it where I am. That's all, just
trying to hold steady."
Arguable the Mississippi/Alabama all-star contest was won due to Mississippi's
defensive tackles, as they controlled the line of scrimmage which allowed their
player makers to do what they do best, make plays.