Sept. 17, 2011
Final Stats |
Head Coach Dan McCarney
Tonight we played an outstanding football team. Congratulations to Coach Saban and his staff on a great football team. We obviously know what a national championship team looks like by coaching on one at Florida and playing one tonight. I think they have the pieces in place to go and compete for a title this season. They're just fast, relentless and physical playmakers. They suffocated our offensive line. Every time we looked to build some momentum, they continued to dominate our front. There are no excuses though. There are no young guys in football anymore. We've been practicing since August 4th so young guys have to grow up, improve, and get better. We have to get ready for a fine Big Ten team coming in this week with Indiana.
On the hype of Alabama's defense:
Absolutely. That's what we saw on tape this week and I don't think we'll be in select company struggling to move the ball against them this season. Did I think we get shutout? Absolutely not. That should never happen with your offense. I could care less who you're playing. That should never happen but give credit to Alabama on their defense and speed. Real good defenses just don't stay blocked. Real good defenses can run to the ball. That's what I saw with those guys. They have so much speed and are relentless.
On the positives of today's game:
There are a lot of young guys out there and I think a lot of our guys grew up against an outstanding defense. We're obviously not as good as we need to be. When you let running backs go untouched for multiple rushing touchdowns it's completely unacceptable. But there were some series and plays in that game that we can build upon. We still have a lot of snaps to play.
On what the problems are with his team right now:
We don't have an identity right now. It be fun to go out there and play a bad Davison I team right now but we didn't have that chance tonight. We had to play the No. 2 team in the country and as good as a defense you'll see in college football. That hinders our development on offense.