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Homecoming for Logan, Moore

It’s more than just a game for junior wide receivers Philander Moore and Ja-Mes Logan. Both are from the state of Texas and expect a lot of family and friends in town for Saturday’s Ole Miss-Texas matchup. Moore said Texas didn’t pay much attention to him during high school recruiting, and Logan said the game is also about bragging rights.

The Ole Miss Rebels welcome No. 14 Texas to town this weekend and for two Ole Miss players from Texas, it is the opportunity of a lifetime to play against the flagship school from their home state.
Junior wide receivers Philander Moore and Ja-Mes Logan hail from Austin and Houston, respectively, and are looking forward to Saturday’s showdown.
“This game is like a homecoming,” Moore said. “The whole reason I wanted to be an Ole Miss Rebel was because they had announced they were going to be playing Texas, and during my high school recruiting, they didn’t pay much attention to me. So this is a get back game. It’s real important to me, it is like revenge almost, so I’m going to be taking it really serious.”
Moore said he has been watching Texas since he was a kid and is familiar with Texas head coach Mack Brown.
“I’ve seen them since I was five,” Moore said. “Sometimes, they come out like they deserve to be No. 1, other times I feel like they might be a little overrated. They have a ranking this year, but coach told us to not pay attention to numbers and to just go out there and play as hard as you can.”
Both Moore and Logan anticipate family and friends will make the trip to them play this weekend. Moore expect his parents and half of his high school, Bowie, to be in town for the game. Logan said he received 25 messages one day from guys he knows from Texas. For him, it’s not only about family and friends, it’s also about bragging rights.
“It feels good to play against Texas,” Logan said. “I know a lot of people on the Texas team and whoever wins this game is going to have bragging rights, so it is going to be nice to see friends, but during the game, it will be all business.”
Although the game will bring quite the buzz around town, Logan does not think Ole Miss will be intimidated by Texas on Saturday.
“No intimidation,” Logan said. “We are just ready to play ball. Nothing is going to change this week. So we are just going to do what we do.”
After a 2-10 record this past season, many think that this could be the game to put Ole Miss back on the map. However, Logan feels that the past is already gone for this year’s team.
“Right now, we aren’t even thinking about the past,” Logan said. “We are 2-0 right now, it is a good feeling. We haven’t been there since 2009, so it is a good feeling. As of right now, we feel we are the team to beat. That is our mindset.”
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