Vanderbilt Postgame Quotes

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 MATT LUKE - OLE MISS HEAD COACH

Opening statement...
"I am so proud for these kids. They have kept fighting through a bunch of adversity. It was just fun to see them interact with our fans and to see them feed off our home crowd. We have been gone for a month now, so it was good to be home. To all the fans that are listening, thank you so much. Just for showing up, our kids fed off of you guys, it was just a good atmosphere with some positive energy."

On the difficulty of winning these games...
"Even at the very end, I am still sweating it out. The overall feeling on the sideline was different with the positive energy. I told the kids in the locker room after they called back Jordan's (Wilkins) long touchdown, it wasn't `Oh here we go again,' it was just `Hey, let's keep playing.' I am really proud of them."

On the momentum the team has gained...
"The momentum that we felt at the second half of Auburn. I don't think it was words, it was something that you felt. It was something that was tangible on the sidelines and it was tangible this week at practice. I told them this feeling is not for sale it is for rent. You have got to pay rent every week because every week is different. You just watch it over and over again, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. You just got to come out and go to work."

On Marquis Haynes performance...
"What I saw was him having fun, smiling, lining up, playing fast and celebrating with his teammates. He put us on his back today. All the turnovers and the safety, those were points and those were huge. It is fun when you see the offense feeding off the defense and the defense feeding off the offense and the special teams playing well and everything's clicking. I am really happy to see us play together as a team."

On Jordan Wilkins...
"I am anxious to go look at the one they called back and see what it was. I am happy we overcame it, but he continues to run hard. On the touchdown run he made a guy miss and threw a guy down. He is finding ways to get in the end zone and get the tough yards. Because we are able to run it, it gave us some one-on-one match ups on the outside. I think you saw the balance that you are looking for today."

On the wide receivers as a whole...
"It all fits together. When we can have a balance and the O-line doesn't have to play on their heels, they can run-block, they can pass-block, and we can get our tempo going. I think our tempo was good at times today and I think it kind of warn down too, it was just a good balance."

On LSU next weekend...
"To the old school Ole Miss Rebels, this is the game. This is the game that meant everything to them. I know I grew up with pictures of the LSU and Ole Miss game. That was always the one my dad cared about the most. We are just going to enjoy this one tonight and then get back to work to get ready for LSU."

 SHEA PATTERSON - OLE MISS QUARTERBACK

On the change in Auburn's second half...
"In the first half offensively we were trying to find our rhythm. We are learning how to play together and getting our game chemistry down. Right now we are clicking. Defensively we played a heck of a game today, and that gave us some momentum."

On running the ball more...
"That last touchdown run was a designed pass for Dawson (Knox) and me. We missed him and I saw him there and I just remember having to get the ball in the end zone."

On his relationship with the wide receivers group...
"I never take how talented that group is for granted. Everyday in practice we see it. We are always on the same page. We put in so much work outside of being here when it is mandatory. That helps our thinking and our chemistry."

On LSU next weekend...
"I am very excited to get back here and play in front of our home crowd against a great team like LSU. It starts tonight when I go watch the film and prepare for LSU."

 JORDAN WILKINS - OLE MISS RUNNING BACK

On the victory...
"It feels good to get a win. We felt we have a lot of talent all over the ball. We just have to put everything together, and today we felt like we did that." 

On his improvement over the past three games...
"I feel like I'm just getting more comfortable back there. Our offensive line is doing a great job blocking and our coaches are putting us in a great position to be successful. I think that's where all the success comes from."

On changing blocking schemes...
"I think they really just took the bull by the horns and said, `Look, we're going to make holes for you.' I don't think much has changed with the scheme, but I think people are playing a lot harder and playing for each other and that's the difference."

On the team's confidence level...
"We know what we're capable of doing. We have spurts, you know that from the last three or four games, but we're focusing on putting the whole game together and bringing a lot of energy and passion to the game. That's been our key, and like I said, I feel like we did that today, and hopefully we'll move forward with that."

 MARQUIS HAYNES - OLE MISS DEFENSIVE END

Opening Statement...
"Really this game, I just felt my groove coming back from my experience being a good pass rusher that everybody knows I can be. It took me a while to get the feeling and the groove back, of what everybody expects me to do. I actually went back and watched my freshman and sophomore year film on how I got sacks and helped create turnovers for the team. So I just went back to doing the basics."

On what he found on watching past film...
"It was just me doing too much peeking around and not getting off the ball, just doing things I'm not supposed to do. I ended up turning to my coaches and they figured out the problem and they helped me get where I am today."

On the confidence level of the team winning after a 3-game losing streak...
"It carries on the confidence to next week. We have to keep doing the same thing and can't change anything. What we did today we have to keep doing next week and the week after that. We're going to take it one game at a time." 

On having three home games in a row...
"It's going to be really fun. I just ask that all the fans come and Lock the Vaught and be ready. It's going to be a full 60 minutes."

 DEREK MASON - VANDERBILT HEAD COACH

Opening statement...
"Credit to Ole Miss and Coach Luke for winning this ball game. We gave them mistakes, just way too many mistakes and that starts with me. As a head coach, I'm responsible for the football. I believe that in football right now, we are not up to par. Again, I don't throw it out there for anybody else but myself. I always start with me and I've always been that guy and I'm going to continue to be that guy. I looked at our first drive and that missed field goal was something that I think, for us, getting of the field defensively, you know we miss a field goal, and it's just lost momentum. We sort of regained momentum with two touchdowns and then we lose it again in the second quarter. You look at the first downs given up in that second quarter and 28 points. Just playing football in spurts and not consistently and that's tough. It's tough to watch and it's tough to sit through. You see us score before half and the get to the third quarter and say to yourselves `Ok, we've got a chance, all we have to do is get ourselves back into this. It's a two score game, let's figure this thing out.' We go out and we wind up giving them a safety, and then right afterwards giving them a touchdown. Again, it's disappointing. I'll always, again, step out in front of this and say when it's bad it's on me; when it's good it's on them. And right now it's not good enough. I will say Ralph Webb soldiered up today and I thought he played a heck of a ballgame. I thought Kyle Shurmur played hard. Granted, I thought he was a little sluggish in the pocket early, but once he got started I thought he was good. We couldn't keep him upright. All the way around I just think it needs to be better. I saw some signs of life in the run game, but defensively we're not stopping the run now and a lot of it has to do with the linemen. We have some linemen issues, but I looked at the linemen and the tackling has to better all the way around. Again, it comes back to me as a defensive play caller. It's been a tough stretch, and what we're going to do is we are going to get back to campus. We will get our guys rested and we will make sure we take the bye week and do exactly what needs to be done to fix this slide. Right now we're 3-4 with five games left. Right now this football team is capable of doing exactly what it needs to do and exactly what it wants to do. We have to set our mind to it, because right now we're just not straining, playing hard or consistently enough. There's just too many guys that are hit and miss at times. Again, I take full responsibility for that. We'll just keep it moving. I think the team's confidence right now has definitely taken a shot. Anytime your confidence takes a shot, that's what the football looks like. We just have got to be better. I'm not unconfident about where we are at. There's just too much football left to be played. Things have to be fixed. I think I got the right guys in the locker room, and I got the right coaches. We just have to fix the alternative."

On the busted coverage and a touchdown early...
"It was busted coverage. He saw the wrong signal, he comes out of coverage, you don't want to come down and you know, a young guy mistake. When guys don't play a ton they're not used to seeing those signals from the sideline. He thought it was one signal, but it was another. That's what happened. That leads to six points."

On if he felt like the team was in the right place going into this game...
"I thought our guys had a great week of practice. Again, it's about how you respond. When tough things happen early. I felt like this happened to us early, and our guys responded early. And then another wave came. Where we needed to respond and we didn't. Again, that's where games can get away from you. I just think right now it's always a fragile thing. Confidence is fragile. And I think you got to do what you got to do now to get these guys back to understanding that there is no magic call, no magic play, no magic pass, no magic throw. It's just about us playing good fundamental football. It's not looking on Saturdays what it's looking like during the week. I'll tell you, it was a good week of practice. Everything we did in the first half I thought for the most part led to that. We did some good things early, but again, the psyche is a fragile thing." 

On cutting practices short this past week...
"I don't think it was a mistake at all. That had nothing to do with it. It had nothing to do with what was going on here. I thought our guys started out fresh. Our guys went at it, our guys played hard. We saw some good things. The offense until the end really kept competing. We just didn't stay on the field enough. Besides the fatigue I think we were more mental than physical. I'm not going to excuse it to getting these guys off their feet and getting them ready for this ballgame. I thought these guys were healthy and ready to go."

 LaDARIUS WILEY - VANDERBILT SAFETY

On having the lead at 14-7...
"You know just a team that became too relaxed. We have to keep going, just letting fundamentals carry us throughout the game. I felt like we let the little things go like leverage, eye control or tackling. We just have to do better overall with those little things."

On if busted coverages are a concern...
"It is a concern, but we know what we have to do, we know that it's all on us as a defense. Calls are going be made, but you know the players make the calls come alive and I think as a group we just have to work on those little things as far as staying on top as DBs or as far as leverage when we're tackling or eye control things of that nature." 

On the statement that this team is better than last year's team...
"Yes, yes most definitely. I feel like we are a very talented team and I feel like we need to do some self-checking and I feel like this bye week will help us out. Practice habits need to be better and that'll carry us through game day."

 RALPH WEBB - VANDERBILT RUNNING BACK

On his best game of the year...
"It wasn't good enough. We have to be better on all levels--offense, defense, special teams. We have to score more points and we have to get a win." 

On if the loss surprised him...
"No, I thought we had a great week of practice. We just didn't execute enough today. We kept the defense out there too much. As an offense we have to score more points, defense has to get us more stops. So as a collective unit we weren't good today."

On how to keep the confidence after four losses...
"That falls on us leaders on the team we have to instill that in the guys. We have to make sure we keep them up and keep that focus on this bye week. We have to make sure we bounce back."

On why he found more success personally in this game...
"I just really want to win. Just going out there doing my job, doing what I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to run the ball well. I'm the running back, so just make sure we go out there and get the win at the end of the day."

On what practices might look like moving forward...
"Competition only makes us better. It starts at practice were not going to be able to compete on Saturdays if we can't compete with each other Monday through Friday. We just have to go out there and be better and need to have better execution and score more points." 


 

 

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