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Alabama Players Meet the Media for Auburn Week Press Conference

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? Members of the University of Alabama football team met with the media on Monday afternoon at the Naylor Stone Media Suite in the Mal Moore Athletic Building the regular-season finale at No. 25 Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 14.  The game will be nationally televised by ESPN with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CST).

Senior offensive lineman Justin Britt
On the Auburn game:
“It means everything. It’s my last game, the last regular season game. It means absolutely everything. It really does. This week I’m putting everything into it. Everybody on this team is going to put everything they’ve got into it.  Focus on the meetings, focus at practice, extra film, everything. We have to get after it this week.”

On the significance of the Alabama-Auburn game:
“If you grow up in Alabama, you realize how much this means to everybody throughout the state and how big of a game it is. I’ve never beaten them, it gets me. It really does and we’ve got to change that. We’ve got to change that this year. It means everything to the state. It’s a huge game.”

On getting the suspended players back:
“It’s big. It’s going to help us out tremendously. They are incredible players. Being able to get them back is really good and it’s going to help us out tremendously.”

On his Mom’s return to the game last week:
“It was an extremely emotional time. It was awesome to see her. I didn’t know she was going to be able to walk out there. We had the wheelchair for her and to see her actually walk out there on her own was amazing. It was kind of like a comfort thing for me. To be able to see her do what she did was awesome. It was amazing. It really was.”

Senior wide receiver Matt Caddell
On putting the ULM game behind him:
“You have to put it behind you, but you can’t forget about it. You just have to use it as a motivator to not be in that situation again. It’s a lifelong lesson that you just have to use and have to overcome.”

On team’s identity as it goes into the last game of the season:
“We still want to change our identity but that’s up to us and how we perform on the field and how we get into things psychologically during the game. So that’s up to us.”

On this being his last Auburn game and what it means to him:
“Oh, it means a lot. I haven’t beaten Auburn yet. I would cherish having the experience and coming up on the winning end of the Iron Bowl so here’s just one more shot at it.”

Senior defensive end Wallace Gillberry
On the fact that he could make an impact on this game:
“I’m not really looking to going out there and make an impact. I just want to get the game plan and go out there and execute my game, do what I can do to put the defense in position to win. Once you get to thinking and making it too emotional you kind of lose focus to what the job is at hand. So I just want to go out and do my job.”

Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson
On the Auburn game:
“It’s a big game, especially after the past two or three weeks. We have to get back on the right track. Of course everybody knows the magnitude of this game, the history of the rivalry. It’s a huge game for us.”

On getting the offensive linemen back:
“We kind of get back to normalcy. I think the guys that have taken their place have done well. Now we’re just going to be deeper than we were and have the ability to rotate [players].”

On the loss to ULM:
“I think I didn’t do the things we needed to do to win, little things here and there that aren’t producing wins. Something’s got to change.”

On changing his preparation for a game:
“I think I did some things different last week that I liked, preparation-wise. I studied in a little different way than I’ve been doing. I think I’m going to keep doing it. I felt more comfortable than I had been. The more preparation, the better chance you have.”