Alabama Assist Coach's and Player Quotes - September 5, 2006

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Alabama Press Conference Quotes

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Here are some quotes from University of Alabama assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Kines and offensive coordinator Dave Rader as the Crimson Tide prepares for  its 2006 Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.  Also, quotes are available from sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson, senior defensive back Jeffrey Dukes, senior linebacker Terrence Jones and sophomore center Antoine Caldwell.

Joe Kines, Defensive Coordinator

On Vanderbilt:

“We will be facing another spread team similar to Hawai’i. They have one of the best wide receivers in the country and their quarterback runs the offense well. He runs the option well and operates out of the shotgun a lot. Their offensive line is a group of veterans, since most of them have redshirted in their career. We’ve got to have a good week of work to get ready for them.”

Dave Rader, Offensive Coordinator

On John Parker Wilson:

“I think it’s an advantage when you have a quarterback come in to the season knowing he is the No. 1 guy. You hope that helps his mental outlook coming into the year. He has worked hard throughout the year and will only get better as he gets experience.”

John Parker Wilson, Quarterback

On this weekend’s SEC Opener:

“The Vanderbilt game is a little bit bigger than last week’s Hawai’i game, being the first SEC game. We are ready to get in there and see what we can do against the SEC. They have a very sound defense and are well-coached. They have a defense more like the others in the SEC as compared to Hawai’i.”

On last week’s season opening win over Hawai’i:

“I felt like it took me a little while to get going in the first half. In the second half, I felt like we came together and started clicking a little bit better on offense. It took awhile to get used to the speed of the game, it’s a little bit different than practice.”

Jeffrey Dukes, Defensive Back:

On his play against Hawai’i:

“I think I played well. What I tried to focus on was just running the defense and trying to be a leader for everybody since this was my first time playing in that role. I just want to make the young guys look up to me as a leader.”

On his improvement from last season:

“I think I’ve gotten better in my play calling and knowing my plays and getting everybody lined up where they’re supposed to be.  I’m not worried about breaking down and making tackles, I know I can do that.  I’m just focused on watching film and getting everyone lined up.”

Terrence Jones, Linebacker:

On the defense against Hawai’i:

“It was a pretty good game for our first game, especially facing an offense that you usually don’t see like theirs.  To come out with a win against a team like that, you’ve got to be proud of it.”

On Vanderbilt’s offense:

“It’s going to be another exciting game. We’re facing a quarterback that can throw as well as run.  We’ve got to find a way to get to him somehow.”

“Our defense was slow at first, but as the game went on we started to get a little groove going. There’s going to be a lot of improvement from game one to game two on Saturday.  There were some things I could have done better; there were some things that everyone could have done better.  I think the performance overall was pretty good; we had some missed tackles that gave up big plays, but other than that I think we did pretty good facing an offense like that.”

Antoine Caldwell, Center:

The ability to run the ball against Hawai’i:

“Our coach made it a point of emphasis to us that we should have stepped it up a little bit in the second half, but I’ve got to give Hawai’i credit for their defensive scheme.  They changed some things around in the second half that gave us some different looks.  I felt like if we would have executed a little better that would have given us some more rushing yards.  I was disappointed in how we didn’t punch it in in the red zone during the second half. I know we had a lot of opportunities and caught a lot of breaks where we could have easily put it in for some more points.”

“I think this weekend we’ll see a more traditional defense against Vanderbilt. Since it’s a defense we’re used to seeing, maybe we can convert those opportunities into points.”

On winning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week:

“That’s a blessing and an opportunity most guys don’t get.  It was a privilege for me to get it.  I didn’t know anything about it until this morning when my mom called and told me about it.”


 


 

 

     
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