Alabama Football vs. Florida Atlantic Postgame Quotes

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Sept. 22, 2012

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ALABAMA FOOTBALL POST-GAME QUOTES (Coach Nick Saban & Players)

Head Coach Nick Saban

Opening statement:

“I was really much more pleased with the way our team approached this game, the way they actually played in the game in terms of the kind of intensity that we played with, the sense of urgency, the discipline that we had. We were focused and really kind of practiced well all week. We challenged the players to not be normal, and I thought two weeks ago we played pretty average.

“Today, we didn’t finish some drives, we turned the ball over a couple of times, we didn’t get any turnovers on defense, but all in all, I thought we blocked pretty well up front and made some plays in the passing game. There are some things we need to get cleaned up. When they blitz, we have got to throw the ball hot. We don’t throw it hot, we get sacked twice. Things like that we need to get better, and when we play against better teams, I think the consequences will be greater.

“I thought their guys really played hard and competed well in the game and played with a lot of toughness. I was much more pleased with the way we competed in the game today. Just the way we approached the game, the way we competed in the game, and we got to play a lot of players today. I think those things are going to benefit us down the road, and even though they drove the ball, we actually probably played a little bit better this week than last week. You know, they didn’t score last week. They could’ve scored, but they didn’t.

“All in all, I was really pleased with our approach. This game is about getting ready for the conference, and we have got a lot of good conference games coming up, so we need to still focus on improving and doing things that we need to do to make our team better, get more players in a position to play winning football to contribute to that, but all in all I thought the approach was good today.”

On defensive lineman Brandon Ivory’s condition :

“He’s got a sprained ankle.”

On Blake Sims’ play in the fourth quarter:

“You know, Blake Sims did a good job. We are just running a limited amount of plays when he is in there; we really want to play both of those guys [Sims and Phillip Ely] like we did at Arkansas. Blake seemed to be moving a little bit better, so again we were pleased. Again, they put a scoring drive together, and I think that’s good.”

On Eddie Lacy today and if his ankle sprain in August was more serious than expected:

“No. He ran good last week. I thought he ran really well last week. Eddie has had a toe operated on, a hamstring in camp, missed some time in camp, had an ankle sprain, so he has really had to fight through a lot. I think that he really didn’t get back in shape because of some of the time that he missed. I think now he is starting to get there.”

On red zone efficiency strengths:

“We certainly stalled out today. How many times did we kick field goals today? Was it four? In those kind of situations, we are happy to get the points, and we are pleased that the field goal kickers are delivering for us, but at the same time we would like to finish some of those drives with a little better execution. I think up until today we had good red zone execution, but today, when we got the ball inside the 35 [yard line], we didn’t always take advantage of that, and that is something that we need to continue to work on.”

On getting the three younger running backs carries and if it will help come conference play:

“Well I don’t think there is any question; especially since we lost Jalston Fowler. None of those guys have a significant amount of experience or any experience at all, other than what they have gotten this year. For all those guys to have an opportunity to play, and play when the game is still on the line and have to go out there and execute and do things right and compete. I thought they all ran with authority today and ran hard, and I think that’s going to be important. I think the offensive line did a really good job today, getting a hat on a hat and getting some movement up front. I think we had pretty good balance overall, offensively.”

#42 Eddie Lacy, Running Back

On setting the tone offensively:

“Offensively, the offensive line, they came out, they were ready, they played physical, they opened up the holes for all of the backs, and the wide outs, they blocked downfield, and as running backs we were able to find the holes and make the plays and able to get the yards.”

On scoring quickly on offense, as in the 85-yard touchdown catch by Kenny Bell:

“We did start off with a few bad plays, but offensively we were able to come out, whether it was two-minute, or just basically moving the ball downfield, we had a great drive, and it ended great too.”

#3 Vinnie Sunseri, Defensive Back

On setting the tone defensively:

“Coach Saban just really stresses on shredding blockers and to be intense for the first part of the game and to just try to set a tone for the rest of the game, and that’s what we try to do. We try to be a physical team, and the teams we’re playing right now are giving us a bunch of looks, and we’re just coming out and trying to play with great intensity.”

On what the defense needs to do to get better:

“We just listen to the coaches. The coaches have been putting us in great situations to succeed. We have just been trying to do the best we can in the secondary.”

# 7 Kenny Bell, Wide Receiver

On how the game went offensively, a quick start for Alabama:

“The game started out very good for us, even though we had a couple of miscues. I felt like as an offensive group, we did play harder and executed really well. “

On scoring quickly against Western Kentucky and scoring even faster today (setting the tone offensively):

“As an offense, we believe in scoring quick and finishing strong, so that’s what we did today.”

On the 85-yard touchdown:

“I feel like the 85-yard touchdown set the momentum for the offense. That’s when we started clicking from there.”

# 28 Dee Milliner, Defensive back

On the defensive performance overall:

“We came out and had a good day today. We executed our game plan like we were supposed to. I wish we could have had more turnovers, but I think we played well as a whole team, so I think we did great.”

On keeping other teams off the scoreboard:

“We try to pride ourselves always on people not scoring on our defense. We try to get zero and have no one score on us. That’s a big accomplishment for us. But they got in, at the end, one touchdown, but we still had a great game.”

POST-GAME QUOTES – FLORIDA ATLANTIC COACH CARL PELINI & PLAYERS

Head Coach Carl Pelini

Opening Statement

“That’s a great defense that we faced, I mean I don’t know if it was a slow start or if it was a fast start for them defensively. They’re a very good defensive football team and they were just physically handling us upfront early in the game.”

On trying to hold Alabama to field goals

“Obviously, you would rather hold them to field goals than touchdowns but we gave up way too many yards and didn’t tackle very well. You know, yards after contact were ridiculous today. We’ve just got to do better than that.”

On Alabama’s physicality

“They are as physical a team as there is out there. We saw it on film and it translated today. They’re a great football team, that’s for sure.”

On how Georgia and Alabama compare after last week’s game

“That’s not Georgia we faced today, that’s Alabama – it’s very different. Different scheme-wise. I think they’re more physical than Georgia. You know, I don’t compare teams but they’re just different. They play differently. They pressure more than Georgia did. They’re physical in their man coverage.”

#14 Graham Wilbert, QB

On the Alabama defense

“They’re tough. We didn’t come out and play our best, obviously. If you want to have a chance against someone like this, you really have to play your best and we didn’t do that today.”

On the start of the game

“They played really well, we just started slow. It was just tough to get things going the first half and we just did a terrible job coming out. We didn’t have a lot of energy.”

#84 Alex DeLeon, Tight End

On how good the Alabama defense is

“They were as good as advertised. They are a disciplined group. But, on our side, we need to pick it up quicker. We need a quicker start.”

On facing the defenses of Georgia and Alabama

“For me personally, I felt there was no true difference. All in all, the SEC is fast in and of itself. Georgia was fast, and Alabama was fast, so it just felt the same to me.”