Dec. 27, 2013
Doc Holliday, head coach
“First off, I would like to say how proud I am of our football team, coaching staff both offensively and defensively. Our senior group is a special one, they played their best football this season and translated this seasons success into a bowl win. I am very proud of how they (seniors) played in all three phases and it is a great way to send the seniors out and the momentum into next season.”
On punter Tyler Wiliams’ performance today…
“It was huge with special teams main purpose to create bad field position for the opposing team’s offense and creating great field position for us. He was able to do that for most of the day, having pinned Maryland back four times within their 10-yard line and the one time it went into the end zone we should have helped him out and knocked it in bounds. He was tremendous today and played a huge part in the field position for both offense and defense.”
On responding to Maryland’s 99-yard drive…
“Well these kids didn’t flinch. The one thing I like about this group is that it didn’t matter that they went down the field. The one thing that we talked about all week was to go out and play great and they did. They were not concerned about he scoreboard, they were not concerned about anything else except playing extremely hard. Being able to respond back from that drive was huge and get the turnovers at the end of the game was huge.”
On Hoskins’ outstanding performance...
“What Gator has been able to do all season is create a mismatch between him and a defender covering him. When he is out there being covered by a safety out in space or a linebacker creates a mismatch because of his athletic ability and his ball skills, which showed today and the reason why he has the most touchdowns in the nation by a tight end.”
On being able to stop Maryland’s offense...
“We knew we needed to stop (C.J.) Brown, he is a tremendous player and we knew that coming in. As far as moving the ball, he did that very well, especially against Virginia Tech and being able to beat teams with his feet. Going in we knew we needed to stop the run.
Rakeem Cato, junior quarterback
On keeping composure throughout the game….
“Stay patient on the sidelines, keep my teammates motivated and to be ready to get back on the field. I told the guys that when we get back on the field, following their drive, that we have to capitalize. I saw that they were able to keep us off the field from time to time, but in the end we just need to have the mindset to get on the field and score.”
On his performance against an ACC opponent on a national stage…
“I tell the guys all the time, big time players make big time plays in big time games. I just wanted to come out here and lay everything out on the line and bring my team to a victory.”
Gator Hoskins, senior tight end
On the third-and-12 play…
“Right before we called the play, Cato looked at me and said,”You have to win it right here, I am coming to you.” We saw that they (Maryland) was trying to put the safety (#20 Anthony Nixon) on me. When the play happened, I saw that he was on the outside so I broke inside and Cato found me and I just made a good play.”