Alabama vs. LSU: Post Game Quotes

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LSU VS. ALABAMA
NOVEMBER 11, 2006

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MIKE SHULA QUOTES

On how his team kept fighting...

"I thought our kids probably had as good a look in their eye before the game as they ever had. Unfortunately they went down and scored. We come back and just get stopped. We tried to kick a long field goal because it was with the big wind behind us trying to get points on the board. They go down and score again and kept moving. I thought our offense did a nice job mixing things up, communicating well. We got some points on the board in the first half, and we had an opportunity there right before the first half. They made a play. They blitzed us, yet we were real close. We worked hard on the blitz and prepared hard on it. Our quarterback (John Parker Wilson) did a lot of good things tonight, and he will continue to improve with his experience in situations like that. And we'll be better because of it, and he'll be better because of it."

On if the misdirection plays bought Wilson more time...

"Sometimes it does; sometimes it doesn't. When you do some misdirection things, we probably didn't do as much as you thought or much different than other games. He made a bunch of plays on his own, moving around. We got some guys open down the field. Our offensive line did a good job protecting on early downs, but we just didn't score enough touchdowns."

LB Juwan Simpson

On the game...

We came in expecting to play a lot better than we did. They came out hot, made some great plays, scored a couple of touchdowns. We just wanted to stay in there and our offense came out playing good and we just wanted to stay in the game and give our offense a chance to come back and win.

On LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell...

His receivers did a great job of finding a way to get open. He is not the type of quarterback that you would expect to run, but he’s done a great job this year of getting open and finding a way to scramble. He did that a couple times today on third down and that killed our momentum. They came out and got on us early but we just wanted to stay in there and fight hard and give our offense a chance.

DE Wallace Gilberry

On the loss...

Win or lose we will still go home with smiles on our faces, but unfortunately we came away with a loss. That’s one of those things you just have to swallow.

On LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell...

He’s incredible. He’s definitely the best quarterback I’ve faced and this team has faced all year. He makes perfect throws, he’s big, he’s very elusive. On film he looks slow, but he’s very deceiving. He gets those long strides and he’s moving. My hat goes off to him and his team. He led them in the right direction tonight.

QB John Parker Wilson

On how they changed plays to get back in the game ...

“Nothing new, we really didn’t change a whole lot. We had no new protection and no new schemes. I think the guys blocked a lot better. They came out with fire in their eyes and I didn’t get hit too many times.”

On what happened on the fumble...

“I was just trying to step up and make a play and I was holding the ball a little too long and the guy just knocked it out of my hands. LSU then recovered the ball. That’s just one of those things; you just have to hold the ball a lot higher.”

On how LSU scored so quickly ...

It’s tough, we fall so hard. We have stuck together all week and we came out here and played as a team and played together. It’s hard to lose a game like this. The guys came out and played hard. Now it’s time for us to get ready for next week.”

On the new play used tonight...

“We said we were going to use this play for awhile. We saw tonight that we might have the chance to make it happen. Hall made a great catch, it was a tough play and he made it happen.”

On DJ Hall ...

“I really can’t say enough about him. He gets open and plays hard. He always shows up at practice. He’s a huge leader of our offense. He always goes out and plays the game. He always goes out and gives it 110 percent. No matter what happens I have complete trust and faith that he is always going to be there and get open for me to pass to him. ”

WR DJ Hall

On the injury during the game...

“ I fell on my shoulder and re-injured the past week.”

On recovering from this loss...

“It’s hard to say because we played harder than we have ever played. I guess with a real team like LSU , you can’t drop the ball because they will pick it up immediately. I think we did a great job executing and calling great plays. We just didn’t finish like we should have.”