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Alabama v. Arkansas Post-Game Quotes



Sept. 20, 2008

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"I receive that congratulations on behalf of the players and coaching staff and everybody who contributed and did a fantastic job of getting the players to come up here and play the kind of game that they played, especially with the physical toughness and mental energy that we had going out there and the way we started the game. This wasn't one of our best games, in terms of overall execution, but we did control the line of scrimmage and we won the turnover battle and that was the big difference in the game."

On play of offensive line:
"Well they did a nice job today; there is no doubt about it. We made some big-play runs and it was all because of the way we blocked them up front. We got a lot of movement. We pushed them. The backs did a good job of pressing the hole and making the cuts they needed to make and Glen (Coffee) had a great run on the 87-yard run, but the left side - Mike Johnson and Smitty (Andre Smith) - they waxed them. I mean, they waxed them. We pressed it front side and cut it back. We are doing a god job in that regard.

"There are a lot of things we need to improve on as a team. We're not throwing the ball as effectively as we need too. We need to be a better third down team. Defensively, we made a lot of mental errors today, especially in coverage-type of things and on third (down). That is probably why they kept the ball so much; especially in the first half and we got tired on defense. Even though we made some big plays and ran them back for touchdowns, and that was great, and I am happy with it, and those are important plays in the game. But our down-in and down-out execution was not as good today as it has been in most games."

On 87-yard TD run:
"We were ready to play, but I feel like when I broke that run, the team took it to a whole new level. I feel like we answered the call. You visualize plays like that every game and when it comes true, you have to give thanks to the Lord. I also give thanks to the (offensive) line for their hard work and thank the coaching staff for the hard work this week and the good schemes.

On the play of offensive line:
"We have one of the best offensive lines in the country. They blocked well today. You can't do a better job of blocking than they did today"

On the interception return:
"I was thinking touchdown and not getting caught from behind. It was fun out there today and winning by that big of a margin."

On the week or practice:
"We had a good week of practice this week and all three phases of the game came together today."

On his interception return
"It was just one of those situations where the receiver ran an option route and made a slight mistake. I was able to adjust and take it back for six. All week coach was talking about coming out firing and hitting them in the mouth quick. I think we did that; it seemed like they knew we were here to play a little football from the get-go."

Coach Bobby Petrino

"That's a tough game for us. [In the beginning] I felt like we were moving the ball well. The stop on the one and the interceptions really hurt our momentum." "We've got to get (to the point) where we don't beat ourselves. We have a lot to do, a long way to go."

On defense
"We were in position and missed tackles. They were big up front and also blocked us well."

"I didn't like the way we finished the game. I'm not happy with the way we came out of the locker room at halftime. We've got a lot of young guys."

"The last thing I told them was not to rough (the punter). If he hadn't hesitated I think he would've blocked (the punt)."

On Casey Dick's interception
"They were not good plays. He needs to be able to come back from it. It's hard to forget games. You replay every play in your head but when we hit the [practice] field Tuesday you hope (the players) have forgotten about it."

On special team play
"I think we took some steps today. Jeremy (Davis) did well punting the ball and we kept them inside the 30 most of the time. Dennis [Johnson] is getting better. He's a tough kid. He can go the distance on kick returns."

On Michael Smith's play
"I was proud of the way Michael Smith played. He played well for us. We need to get (the other running backs) going."

On bringing Tyler Wilson in to the game
"We brought him in because he does really well out of the shotgun. He got pressured and didn't get to his hot reads fast enough. We've got to keep getting him along."

Casey Dick

"It's a tough day. We can't give up 14 points on two stupid throws. It's my fault. I have to look at the film and get better. When you make bad throws like that, you just feel horrible."

"Some days people have bad days at work, this was one of those days."

"Things didn't go our way, but we have to look at the film and be ready to bounce back against Texas."

Michael Smith

 "We trust in Casey, and he made some mistakes that he doesn't usually make."

"We know it doesn't get any easier from here. It's extremely frustrating, but we have to find a way to regroup."


D.J. Williams

"As a team, we have to come together and learn from this situation."

"Every great team has to have a short term memory with games like this."

"We have one hundred percent confidence in Casey and our whole team."

On the unsuccessful fourth down conversion
"It was a dagger. That is something that we have to get better at."Jonathan Luigs On the turnovers "We kept giving them gifts. When you play a football team as good as they are, you can't turn the ball over." On the unsuccessful fourth down conversion "It was just a lack of execution on our part." On Casey Dick "Everybody has days like that. You have to give credit to their defense and their schemes, but Casey (Dick) will bounce back."