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Marshall Football Postgame Quotes

Nov. 9, 2013

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Marshall Postgame Quotes

Doc Holliday, head coach
Opening Statement
"I thought our football team went out there and executed the way we need to. For our second straight week in a row I thought we got off to a fast start and the defense forced a turnover for a score which was critical. For the most part we played pretty clean. We didn't have any turnovers offensively which was good. We have a short week and a quick turnaround. We have to put this game behind us now and start to go to work on Tulsa."

On the fast start and rotation of players
"That was part of the plan in that fourth quarter and late in the third quarter because we do have a quick turnaround with the Tulsa game on Thursday. It was a good situation and we were able to get some guys some rest. Hopefully that will help us."

On playing a big first half and holding UAB scoreless in the second half
"That was critical. That is a good football team rushing the ball. They had almost 300-yards rushing last week against Middle Tennessee. They were moving the ball today as well. We came back the second half like we did a week ago and went right down the field to score which was important. Our guys did an excellent job at executing that."

On the key of the successful rushing attack
"I think the offensive line deserves a lot of credit. Rakeem Cato did a great job at managing the run, pass option. UAB really came down and played us very similar to how they played us last year. They brought a lot of three-down stuff. They hadn't done that the last three or four games. We were prepared to see it and knew how to handle it. The offensive line did a great job blocking and the three running backs of Essray Taliaferro, Kevin Grooms and Steward Butler did a tremendous job with the ball in their hands."



On first time in school history three running backs have rushed for 100-plus yards
"It was great. Those three backs are all solid players. They work really hard. Butler has been preparing like he should and it really showed out there today."

Taj Letman, redshirt sophomore safety
On becoming bowl eligible with three games still to play
"I didn't even realize that, because I haven't been focusing on being bowl eligible. I'm focusing on a conference championship. We're not trying to be a 6-6 `happy to be in a bowl game' kind of team. We are a conference championship team. That's where we are."

On his increased playing time
"I was ready to rumble, ready to go. Doc has been after me these last two weeks trying to get me to play up to my ability, so I loved being able to go out and show that. It meant a lot to me to get this start and I got in my groove. I've started to get comfortable and make the plays happen that people expect of me."

Chris Jasperse, redshirt junior offensive lineman
On road game struggles this season
"You're scoring in someone else's house. We have two road games still, and its go-time. We have to win these two. This is where we have to pick it up. Sure, we've got one home game later on, but it's time to go on the road."

Steward Butler, redshirt sophomore running back
On running backs coach Thomas Brown coaching the team on ball security
"He pressures us all the time in practice and is constantly saying `Don't fumble that ball.'  That is his key thing - don't drop the ball, and that's what we have to do. We can't drop the ball. You have to protect the ball."


UAB Postgame Quotes

Garrick McGee, head coach
On gaining momentum and losing momentum due to turnovers
"I thought that we could get into halftime down 21-28, with the momentum we had. I thought we'd be in pretty good shape. We had a good drive going."

On trying to contain Marshall's offense
"There were big plays. There were missed tackles, and they were running it in on us."

Jontavious Morris, sophomore defensive tackle
On setting up the blocked field goal
"I saw that the guard was weak and I wanted to take advantage of that. I told my teammates to go after him and pull him over for me so that I could go in for a good shot at it. I saw openings so I just pushed through and got my hand up for it."

On possible pain in his hand from blocking a field goal
"It's a pretty good impact, but it's nothing I can't handle. I always go up with my right hand."

On figuring out Marshall's offense
"They really had no secret. They saw that we were in a three-man front and they felt like their five could take on our five, with one linebacker in the box. It's a matter of us having good gap control so we can control the run."

Cameron Blankenship, sophomore offensive lineman
On fumbles affecting momentum and morale
"It's never good to turn the ball over, especially when you're driving that far. It decreased our morale. One of them was early and we still thought we had a chance, and then the other one killed the drive and killed the momentum. It kind of sucked the wind out of us for a bit. We had it in our minds that we had to fight back and keep going."