Postgame Quotes: Auburn Players

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 15, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Linebacker Jake Holland was one of the many players who met with media members following Auburn's 24-20 win versus Mississippi State on Saturday.

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AUBURN, Ala. — The following are postgame quotes from Auburn's players following the team's 38-9 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night.

(Note: These quotes were provided by Auburn's media relations department.)

DL Angelo Blackson

About defensive line coach Rodney Garner constantly rotating players:

“He just wanted to keep us fresh. If we were out there for more than eight plays he would sub some guys out.”

C Reese Dismukes

About the game:

“We fought the whole game. We were up and down and up and down, but I think we handled adversity well and we found a way to win.”

About the last drive:

“I mean, it was just another drive. We worked at it a lot through camp and every week and it paid off tonight.”

WR Quan Bray

On his touchdown:

“Well the first one I dropped, but Nick came out and told me to get my head right. We went back out there and he didn’t give up on me. He looked down field, found me open and I made a play.”

About what he saw from Nick Marshall:

“I saw a guy who is getting more comfortable in our offense. He’s only been in the offense for three months now so he’s going to get better every game.”

About Nick running the 2-minute drill:

“We work on that every day. It’s big because we are a no-huddle offense, all about tempo and he went out there and executed.”

TE C.J. Umozah

On the tight end’s playing a big part in the game:

“We were excited to get out there and get that win.”

On what was going through his mind on final play:

“Just catch the ball. Don’t worry about anything. Don’t let the corner hold you, get off cleanly and just catch it and win the game.”

On making the catch:

“It was unbelievable. I caught the ball, looked up and saw everyone on their feet and I could not hear one thing. Everyone was jumping on me, but I could not hear one thing. All I could hear was the 80,000 fans roaring.”

QB Nick Marshall

On the last few minutes of the game:

“The defense stepped up big for us also. I told the defense don’t worry about anything and just get us one more stop and I just put us in the end zone.”

Was he ever thinking field goal on that drive:

“No, not at all.”

On the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare:

“It was a huge atmosphere. I’ve never been in an atmosphere like it was in Jordan-Hare tonight. It’s a big atmosphere and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

On taking time to absorb this win or start focusing on LSU:

“We are just going to come out tomorrow and focus on LSU and work on executing and not making as many mistakes as we did tonight.”

PK Cody Parkey

On his performance:

“I think I did well. I hit all my field goals and extra points and got a few touchbacks. Overall, it was a solid game. At the end of day, special teams changed the game with the field position battle. It was a big edge for us.”

On first SEC win:

“It’s big time. We didn’t get one last year. It’s long past due. We feel great about this win. We beat a great Mississippi State team. We’re going to start focusing on LSU tomorrow.”

On LSU:

“LSU has a pretty awesome stadium to play in. They get real loud. I’m a senior, so I’ve played there before. We’re just going to have to execute. There isn’t any room for mistakes.”

LB Jake Holland

On Nick Marshall:

“He’s a poised guy. He was in a tough situation and led the drive like an experienced pro. He really helped us win the game today. I’m really proud of him.”

On first SEC win:

“It feels great. It is great to get back on the winning side. We’re really excited about the win tonight.”

On LSU:

“It’s going to be our first road game, so it is going to be different. After playing our first three games at home, it’s definitely going to take a different mindset.”

DE Dee Ford

On first SEC win:

“It feels great. There wasn’t a better way to win this game. We’re 1-0 and we’re starting much better than last year. It was a great way to start the SEC season.”

On his performance

“It feels good to back on the field. I was really rested. I was a little slow to start the first half, but I picked it up the second half. It definitely feels great to be back out there.

On LSU:

“This win was a great confidence boost for us going into LSU. I think some people weren’t buying into Auburn, but I think after tonight, people are taking notice. We’re ready to prove ourselves on the road.”

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