TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Members of the University of Alabama football team met with the media Sunday afternoon and reflected on the 25-17 season-opening win over Hawai'i at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama Football Player Quotes - Sunday September 3rd, 2006
"As far as game experience goes, there were a lot of small things we can improve on. We had some passes here and there that were caught unexpectedly. We had some runs that broke out fairly well. I think it went good for us, but it could have been a lot better."
On preparing to play without Tyrone Prothro and DJ Hall:
"A lot of practice got me prepared for a certain number of balls here and there and for a certain number of plays here and there. Basically, when it is your turn to show up, you work in practice on a lot of things that are based on getting the ball to you. It wasn't really a big deal. It was fun, just like last year in the Cotton Bowl. I'm just going to take everything I learned from last year, bring it over to this year and keep on trucking."
On John Parker Wilson:
"I like the way he got out of the pocket and got rid of the ball; that was real fun to see. Just for him to get the ball out of his hands and throw it down field was really good to watch. It's nice to watch a sophomore quarterback come in and have a good game."
John Parker Wilson:
"It was exciting. We pulled up, got off the bus and did the Â`Walk of Champions' which was pretty cool. I figured it as just another game and didn't want to get too hyped up with everything. It took us a while to get going, but in the end I think we did pretty well."
On Keith Brown:
"He stepped up huge. He made big time plays. He made the touchdown and went and got that long pass down the other sideline that I thought was going to be a pick because it came out of my hands funny. He just made big plays all over the field."
On preparing for his first SEC start this Saturday against Vanderbilt:
"We will prepare just like we do any other week. The game is going to be bigger. There is more riding on this game than the Hawai'i game. We've got to go out and correct mistakes and get ready for Vanderbilt coming in."
"We lost a lot of key guys from last year, but at the same time, we had a lot of young guys playing. It was real exciting for the fans. With all the losses, a lot of people probably wanted to count us out, but they don't know what Alabama's got brewing. I would give last night's overall performance a B-minus. That's being modest because there are a lot of things we need to do better. It was the first game, kind of like a new toy. You've got to figure out how to use it before you play with it a second time. A lot of young guys made good impressions last night: Prince Hall, Marcus Carter, Jeffery Dukes, Keith Saunders, Ezekial Knight, Zach Schreiber, and I could go on. All those guys are understanding our concept on defense that we hit hard all season. We lost seven key guys, but we've added seven key guys that are going to do big for us all season."
On preparations for Vanderbilt:
"The mindset doesn't change for me personally. I prepare myself to be one of the best in the nation and the conference. At the same time, it will change somewhat because the stakes are a bit higher. The win last night was a great win, and next week we are going to go after a Â`W'. We've got to keep going one game at a time and play to win a championship."
On playing in the newly-renovated stadium:
"The stadium was as amazing as the fans were. I can't really explain it. It was just amazing. It was kind of quiet at first but once we got out there and saw the 92,000 fans; it was just amazing."