VIDEO: Marquis Haynes talks about his last home game at the Vaught
Senior defensive end Marquis Haynes has had quite a run as an Ole Miss Rebel.
When the Rebels' season ends Thanksgiving night, Haynes will leave as the school's all-time leader in quarterback sacks. That number stands at 32 and counting with two games left to play.
His last time to take the field in front of the home crowd comes Saturday night when Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4 SEC) hosts Texas A&M (6-4, 3-3 SEC).
"I've been talking to most of the seniors and we know what this means to us and how much we fought through to get here," Haynes said. "It's kind of emotional for some of us. We want to give it our all and make sure we leave the team the right way and make sure we leave a positive influence to where we set a high standard for the next group of seniors that's right behind us."
While Saturday night will be an emotional one, there's still a football game to try and win. Hanging in the balance is a chance to reach the 6-win mark and perhaps keep interim head coach Matt Luke in the running to be the permanent head coach at Ole Miss.
Haynes and the other 19 seniors on the roster have gone through more turmoil and uncertainty than they deserved over the last two years in Oxford.
"Basically, we just stayed as one," he shared. "We made sure nobody did anything negative. We all stayed positive. As long as we stay whole, like one big family, like we are now, nothing can stop us. That's the mindset that we've had this whole time. Just staying as one."
"Everyone wants to do good for Coach Luke. We know he's an outstanding head coach for us. He's been leading by example for us. All we try to do every day and every time we play on Saturday is to give our all to Coach Luke. That's we try to do," Haynes related.
The Rebels and Aggies kick off at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.