Quote Roundup: Auburn players talk after 30-22 win over Ole Miss

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 6, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. The following are postgame quotes from Auburn's players after the team beat Southeastern Conference rival Ole Miss 30-22 on Saturday night.

(Note: These quotes were compiled by Auburn's media relation department.)

DB Ryan Smith

On his interception:

"I was prepared from watching film. I was trying to make a play, be in the right spot and do my job. It felt good. I knew that the offense still had to go down and execute. It felt good to make a play for the defense as a whole."

On the defense:

"We played well. We did have a lot of miscues, but we will get back to the chalk board and fix them."

On the second SEC win:

"It's big for us going into the future of our season. This win meant a lot for us as a team."

DT Gabe Wright

On the defensive line:

"I feel like the pressure has been out on us by our coaches that is was time we stepped up. In the LSU loss, we felt like the defensive line could have stepped up. I feel like we took a step forward tonight, and will keep improving through the course of the year."

On his late game sack:

"I couldn't think of a better situation to be in. We were up eight points, and the defense had to make a stand. We pride ourselves for being tough in the fourth quarter. I couldn't be prouder of the way I stepped up in the fourth quarter."

On final defensive stand:

"The game was on the line, and the offense was looking at us to make a stop. I feel like as a whole we have stepped up late in the game. I couldn't be prouder of the guys."

DE Dee Ford

On the defense:

"We did a great job. We came into this thing with the motive to pressure the quarterback, and that's what we did."

On his sack:

"It felt good. I just had to get that first one to get rolling."

On the final defensive stand:

"All we had to do was execute and get the ball back to the offense. It's not a one-sided thing, but it was our time to step up."

DE Carl Lawson

On his final last sack:

“I knew we needed another stop, so I had to pin my ears back and go after the quarterback.”

On the play of the defensive line:

“We have a lot of potential and I think we came together collectively tonight and we executed.”

On having a breakout game:

“It means a lot but I know there’s a lot of things I need to go fix and get ready for practice tomorrow.”

QB Nick Marshall

On beating a ranked opponent:

“It gives us a big jump going into next week’s game. It will prepare us for on down the road against other SEC teams.”

On the rushing offense:

“I’d say that we played really well. Our offensive line blocked really well and myself, Tre and the other backs were able to make plays with our legs find the hole and get yardage.”

LB Anthony Swain

On Cassanova McKinzy’s injury:

“Given how close we are, I was nervous for him, but he came back to the sidelines so I was happy.”

On filling McKinzy's shoes:

“I knew I had to play big because that’s what Cassanova does, so I knew I had to step in and help my team out.”

On the defensive performance:

“Well I can’t take all the credit. You saw how the defensive line played. They were pushing people around and making sacks and I was just filling in when needed.”

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