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Crimson Tide Players Meet the Media



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? Members of the University of Alabama football team met with the media at the school’s weekly media day on Monday afternoon at the Naylor Stone Media Suite in the Mal M. Moore Athletic Building.  The players discussed this week’s non-conference game against Louisiana Monroe at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry

On his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium:
“It’s very weird. This moment coming up, I’m not going to say I dread it, but I definitely didn’t want to see it coming so soon, especially with the things that we have going around here right now. It’s been very satisfying. I’ve broken both of the tackle for loss records since I’ve been here, so I think this career, and this season so far, has been going pretty good for me.”

On reasons for his success this season:
“For the most part, the coaches just let us play. They let the playmakers make plays and that’s basically what our scheme is about. If you obey the scheme, and you trust it, and you understand it the plays will be there for you, and it’s just up to you to make them. The scheme we have now allows us to do a lot more things to attack a lot of different styles so to speak. It’s worked out for me pretty well.”

On being a “force” on defense:
“I don’t pay that much attention to it really. I just go out there and if a team decides to double-team me, then so be it; I’ll take one for the team, but I don’t look at it like I’m this great defensive end in this great scheme. I’m just a player that fits the piece of the puzzle pretty good, that’s all.”

Freshman running back Terry Grant

On film from Mississippi State game:
“On the field, we did a lot of things right. A couple of things just lost the game for us. On film, you could see it, but there is nothing we can do about it now. Everyone played really hard, but a few of the mistakes that we had just messed it all up.  Seeing how we played hard and fought to come back, it hurts because every time you watch the film you see that you could have done something, just one thing that could have won the game.”

On confidence in Leigh Tiffin:
“We knew that he was a great kicker from the start. He has a nice leg on him and he definitely showed it on Saturday.”

Senior linebacker Darren Mustin

On UL Monroe’s mentality:
“They’re hungry for a win. I don’t care where you are this time of the season it’s all about wins. About this time it’s the last little bit for the seniors and the last little bit for everybody. They have seniors just like we have seniors and they want to win. We have to get our minds focused and do what we have to do to win.”

On the team’s execution:
“We’ve been playing with each other for months now. We know what we have to do.  We know who’s made mistakes. I made a mistake, we just have to get everything fitted up and I believe that when we get everything going the way it’s supposed to be we are going to be a pretty tough team to beat.”

Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith

On regrouping after tough loss/ getting focused for next game:
“This next game, we just want to focus on doing what we’re supposed to do every single play, going through all of our reads as far as blocking assignments. We trust John Parker (Wilson). He’s a human, he makes mistakes, but it’s up to us as a team to continue to go out there and work hard to do what Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Joe) Pendry, and Coach (Major) Applewhite wants us to do.”

On where the team is “mentally” right now:
“We’re fine. We have the 24-hour rule; you know 24 hours to get over a win or a loss. Unfortunately we lost, but we just have to go out and focus on ULM right now. They have a really good defense; their offense puts up a lot of points, so we are just really looking forward to going out and competing against those guys.”

On offensive line losses to suspensions and injuries and how it affects continuity:
“It hasn’t really affected us. Mike (Johnson) is a great athlete. He’s able to play guard and tackle. Chris Capps stepped in and did a great job against (MSU defensive end) Titus Brown and Evan (Cardwell), what can you say about him?  He’s smart, he knows the offense from front to back, and he’s a student of the game. He’s just a great center, what a center is to an offensive line.”

Sophomore kicker Leigh Tiffin

On his performance so far this year:
“I was a little nervous at the beginning of the year and I really think that was the main difference. I was kicking great leading up to the season and I was disappointed with the way we did the first couple of games, but since then we’ve gotten back on track.”

On his performance in the Mississippi State game:
“I don’t think of myself any different really after a good game or bad game. I still try to have confidence, but that definitely does help your confidence to do well in a game like that.”

On Coach Saban’s coaching philosophy:
“He told me one day in practice that I’ve got to be able to walk out there and hit a pylon from 50 yards away if that’s what is asked of me and that you have be like an assassin, ready at any time: one shot one kill.”