LSU Post Game Quotes

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LSU vs. Alabama
November 11, 2006

LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement...

"That was a team victory. I think in the first half the offense was spectacular going down the field and moving the football against a very quality defensive front from Alabama. The defense played well but kept extending drives based on penalties and missed opportunities. The second half we come and the defense plays well and the offense maintains drive. We can run the clock out. We ran the football a little better and I felt good about that. I felt like our special teams came on some tough situations and made some nice punts and fielded some nice punts. If we continue to play like that we will get a chance to do the things we want to do. Now, one at a time, Ole Miss,"

On LB Darry Beckwith and SS Jessie Daniels being out with injuries...

"Beckwith appears to have a little sprain. I don't know the length of time, but we were certainly sorry to see him leave the game. Jessie Daniels will probably be back next week. With guys out you make adjustments. Jacob Cutrera goes in at mike linebacker and we put Perry Riley in some at the sam, so we had some young linebackers stepping in there and playing a lot of football for us. There is no loss of productivity in the change of safeties. We bring in (Craig) Steltz and he is quality. We will be fine there. We look forward to Jessie (Daniels) getting back, but (Craig) Steltz as the starter doesn't bother us."

On the secondary's play...

"I think there may have been a couple of good calls in pass interference, but you have to play aggressive there. You can't just sit back there on your heels and give cushion and let a guy catch a ball in front of you. You have to challenge him and we did that. I don't know that we got every call there, but we certainly improved our productivity going into the second half. And give Alabama credit; they had a tough loss to a Mississippi State team that has a really gotten better and is going to play big in the back end of their schedule. They came in here and they gave us everything they had, every fake, every deep ball, every third and one, changed some play calling, got aggressive and knew that they needed to do that to stay in this game. They have good players. That is a quality football team, and we did what we needed to do tonight. I am proud of this football team. This team is gaining speed. This team is going to be tough to reckon with."

DB Chevis Jackson

On the game as a whole...

“Alabama came out and they played a nice game. We gave up a couple touchdowns and made some adjustments at half time. We came out and played some shutout football at the end.”

On the defense...

“I like the way we are right now. We play together as a group. No one is selfish. We don’t care who makes the plays as long as they get done.”

On his interception...

“Coach told me to get my head in the game, so that’s what I did. I went out there and made the play.”

DE Chase Pittman

On the win tonight...

“We knew it was going to be rough and it was. We fought hard in all four quarters. They got the ball moving on us, and most people can’t do that. We came in at half time after the coaches told us what we needed to correct and we played our game.”

On the team...

“I think we are already heading in the right direction we just have to keep moving that way. We have a lot of talent and the best coaches. When you put that all together we are a force to be reckoned with.”

On the future Ole Miss game...

“We will enjoy this one tonight and tomorrow. We will come on Monday and start preparing then. I’m sure Coach Pelini has a good scheme in mind.”

S Craig Steltz

On the game as a whole...

“We came out and gave up a few big plays and a couple touchdowns especially in the first half. Then we came back with a couple of adjustments and shut them out at the end of the game.”

On the momentum of the game...

“Anytime you give up a big play your back is against the wall, but then it’s our turn to make the plays.  The guys did a great job tonight and Coach Pelini put us in great positions, even though we gave up a couple pass interferences the guys didn’t give up and we kept fighting.”

On Alabama’s team...

“You know every time Alabama comes in Tiger Stadium it is going to be a great game. They lost a couple tight games this year, but we knew they were coming to play.”

WR DWAYNE BOWE

On tonight’s game...

“It was a great night and everybody just came out ready to play. It was a great atmosphere and we were able to stay focused after our big road win at Tennessee. We proved that we weren’t satisfied with the Tennessee win and we still want more.”

On how the offense did tonight...

“I would give us a B- because we still have some mistakes we have to work on. We have to make sure we play hard for all 60 minutes.”

RB JACOB HESTER

On tonight’s game...

“Tonight was a littler different because they kept coming after us. We are use to handling business early at home. Even though they scored 14 points on us, our defense did a great job shutting them down in the end. At the beginning it seemed like we were going score for score with them.” 

On QB JaMarcus Russell...

“To me, he is one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the nation - if not the best. Every game he is getting better and better. He is a great leader for this offense because when he is working hard it makes to rest of us want to work hard. We know that he is capable of doing whatever he puts his mind to, which is why we put all our faith in him.”

QB JAMARCUS RUSSELL

On tonight’s game...

“When things are going back and forth like that you have to trust that your defense is going to do their job, which they did. I am proud of how the team performed tonight.”

On how he has been running more the past two games...

“I am always trying to catch them off guard because they never expect me to run. When I see a hole and there is nothing open down field I just want to make any play I can to help this team win.”