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Marshall Football Postgame Quotes

Oct. 14, 2017

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Marshall (5-1, 2-0 C-USA)

Doc Holliday, head coach

Opening statement…
“Obviously, I can’t say enough about our defense. We held that team to less than 200 yards and one thing that team has done is they have gained a bunch of yards in their games previously. Special teams, I thought we were unbelievable, we were again sensational. [Kaare] Vedvik had a 92-yard punt. I guess that’s a school record, longest punt in 45 years. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that, seventh-longest punt in the history of college football. So, that was a tremendous thing by Vedvik. Offensively, we took care of the football we didn’t turn the ball over. I’m happy with the outcome and I thought in that second half our guys went out and did what we were capable of doing.”

On handling Old Dominion’s early success…
“I thought we were playing tremendous defense. We just had to get the ball rolling on offense. We made some adjustments as far as running the football, as for the idea of what they were doing and that type of thing. In the second half, we came out and we felt like we wanted to establish the run. We were able to get some big plays in the second half. We were able to take some shots and connect on some things which was good.”

On special teams making big plays
“Well they do. Unfortunately, we can’t get them to kick the ball to us. They kick the ball to our left and we made a couple adjustments there. We get the ball at the 25-yard line with Marcel [Williams], which is good. Our punts have been sensational. I thought we finally got a punt return today with Hyleck [Foster] who did a nice job catching punts. Our kickoff has been, other than one out of bounds, has been just sensational. We get ball down there and pin them inside the 20-yard line and the fumble was big. I mean, they have the number one punt returner and kick returner in our conference and I thought we bottled him up pretty good, which was a goal of ours.”

On the defensive success…
“I am just so proud of them. Number one, they are good they have some good players, that Malik Gant, he makes plays. We had a couple guys missing up front out there today that we should get back. [Channing] Hames went in there and played well. Ty [Tyler] was more outside today because [Marquis] Couch was out. He should be back tomorrow, so it’s all good.”

On Tyler King’s performance…
“He struggled a little bit last week and came back today. I thought he played his best overall game. With the three running backs, Anthony [Anderson], Keion [Davis] and him, if you look at the total production as far as yards are concerned, they ran the ball well.”

On third down success…
“That’s on Chase [Litton]. I mean, we had different plays called and he got us into the right call there with what they were doing defensively. He did a tremendous job on those checks.”

On the score before the half…
“Anytime you can get the momentum, it’s great. I thought the biggest thing was we score on the kickoff and answer right back with another touchdown. That kind of put the game out of reach at that point, which was huge. It was 14 points, back-to-back there, and that made a major difference.” 

On the upcoming short week…
“Well, normally Sunday’s are a day off. With a week like this, they have no day off. Tomorrow is Monday. As coaches, we have a lot to do this afternoon and tonight to get ready to go for tomorrow, which is a Monday practice. We have had a short week, not recently, but we have had those. There is a fine line between getting the work you need to get in, but also making sure they are fresh and ready to go. We have to balance that act to have a fresh team heading into Middle Tennessee on Thursday.”

Chase Litton, junior quarterback
On Kaare Vedvik’s 92-yard punt…
"That usually only happens on Madden when you use a super kick. I’ve seen it once or twice when I’m playing Madden, but I’ve never seen something like that in person."

On his first touchdown pass of the game, a two-yard fade to Tyre Brady…
"That’s just Tyre. I just threw it up there. We saw a couple things with the defensive back early in the game. They play off in coverage often, even at the goal line. Once you play off against [Brady], it’s a bad situation for you."

On ODU’s defense…
"They preach on getting to the quarterback. They have one end who will be playing on Sundays in a year or two. There’s a lot of times where they stack the box, but back out into coverage. That still creates one-on-one matchups and we took advantage of it."

Chris Jackson, sophomore defensive back
On his fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter…
"I was just coming down and filling my lane. I saw the returner try to cut and [Jaquan] Yulee and Jestin [Morrow] hit him in the air. When he went in the air, the ball came out. I just picked it up, saw a crease and took it in."

On the defense…
"We came out slow. They did some new things to us that we had not seen. Our coaches did a great job adjusting and after that, we played great defense."

On Old Dominion quarterback Steve Williams, Jr….
"We knew that he was a great athlete. Even if you do get pressure on him, he has the ability to escape the pocket, break tackles and make good plays. We were really focusing on trying to contain him and once he got out of the pocket, we were focused on making tackles."

Ryan Yurachek, senior tight end
On third-down conversions…
"When we got into third down situations, especially third and long situations, ODU put their best pass rushers in, softened up and dropped back a bit. The one run that Tyler [King] had on third-and-14 was the first time that we actually checked to a run play in that situation."

On the pass rush of ODU…
"They have such great pass rushers that it opens up the run, especially when they drop back. We saw FAU have success against it and we checked down to runs in some situations because of it."

Tyler King, redshirt freshman running back
On the team…
"We’re a complete team. Not once have I seen anyone face adversity and turn away from it. That’s a plus on our end."

On his first-down run on third-and-14…
"Hats off to the o-line on that one. We changed the play call at the line of scrimmage to a run play. The line created an open hole front-side and I just hit the hole."

C.J. Reavis, senior safety
On the defense…
"As a team, I feel like the defense is ridiculous. Our front seven is outstanding and the secondary continues to improve. We just continue to make plays."

On his interception in the first quarter…
"I had a few in earlier games get called back, so this was a good one. Against Cincinnati, the officials said I didn’t get my hands under the ball, so I made sure to get my hands under this one."

Chase Hancock, redshirt junior linebacker
On the defense…
"They were giving us different looks that we hadn’t seen. We made some adjustments at halftime and once we made the minor adjustments that were needed, we took care of business."

Kaare Vedvik, redshirt senior kicker/punter
On his 92-yard punt…
"It’s an unbelievable feeling to send it from one end zone to the other. It’s a punter’s dream. Every time, you just try to hit your best ball. This one went over his head and had a nice tailwind. The ball rolled down to the other goal line, so you can’t ask for anything better than that."

On handling field goal and kickoff duties in addition to punting…
"I don’t look at it as three separate jobs, I look at it as one job. I’m the kicker. I just kick the ball. I enjoy it a lot. It gives me a little more playing time."

Tyre Brady, redshirt junior wide receiver
On the defense…
"Our defense is playing tremendous football right now. They’re doing great things. It took us a while to get going, but once the offense clicked, we took off."

On his role as a receiver…
"You just have to find ways to help out your team, whether it’s blocking, taking a double team so we have a one-on-one matchup somewhere else, that’s what it is. On the two touchdowns, I had one-on-one coverage and Chase [Litton] just threw a great pass."

Old Dominion (2-3, 0-1 C-USA)

Bobby Wilder, head coach

Opening Statement…
“I felt like the first half we played the exact style we were trying to play, playing here as an underdog. The plan was run the ball, control the clock and control the field position. The bottom line was we had the ball twice inside the 10 yard line and only got a field goal. We had an opportunity to be up 14-0 early in this game and we didn’t convert. Their kid made a great diving interception on our opening possession when we were going the length of the field to score. Even at the half, it was 7-3 and I was feeling good about where we were at that point.”

On early offense for Old Dominion…
“I took the ball to start the game. Normally we defer to get our defense out there, but I wanted to get our offense out there. We had a mindset on offense. We had some good players back this week, but when you’re struggling to score points, plays like that happen where there’s a tipped ball, it gets picked and it throws you off schedule. Like I said, I felt great about where we were at halftime.”

On Chase Litton and the Marshall offense…
“Marshall has a veteran quarterback who’s arguably the best quarterback in the league. We started to give him too many opportunities. In the second half, I don’t think we got a first down until the fourth quarter, and on defense we couldn’t get off the field. The back-breaker was the third-and-10 when they ran a draw play that put them up 14-3. We had them stopped. Even though we were struggling to move the ball on offense, the play our kids were expecting a pass and that play really turned the game around.”


 

 

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