Florida coach Dan Mullen has chalked up his team’s defensive performance against Ole Miss as offenses being ahead of defenses because of the lack of tackling in the offseason. One of his defenders, though, took it one step further.

CB Kaiir Elam told reporters on Monday, “We didn’t play well. It’s a big weight on our shoulders,” and he added that they’re motivated to have a, “very, very, very, better week.”

“We didn’t play up to par. It wasn’t on missing spring, we didn’t play up to par,” he said. “Looking back on the field, I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty pissed off.”

Even though Florida won 51-35, the Rebels rang up 613 total yards, including 443 passing, and Ole Miss was 9-for-14 on third down while they also averaged 13.4 yards per pass play. Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore himself had 10 catches for 227 yards, while QB Matt Corral passed for 395 yards, 3 TDs and an interception.

“This is our job. This is DBU,” Elam said. “This is our job to lock down opposing offenses,’ Kaiir Elam said of Gators secondary. “If something we have to learn from, but that never should happen.”

The South Carolina-Florida game is set for noon on Saturday on ESPN.

H/T Nick de la Torre, Edgar Thompson.