Ole Miss vs. Alabama Postgame Quotes

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Oct. 15, 2011

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Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt

Opening Comments:
"They are an excellent football team. That is the bottom line. We came out really ready to play and I
thought we played an excellent first half. I wish we would have scored one more time. I wish we would
have put 10 or 14 points on the board. I think that we did the best we could do in the first half. That is
what they do to everybody. They wear you down. The second half we lost captains Wayne Dorsey and
Marcus Temple to injuries. That hurt us. Senquez Golson did a great job. We had a lot of youth out
there against a lot of guys who know what they are doing. I hate that the score got out of hand."

On Wayne Dorsey and Marcus Temple's injuries:
"He (Wayne Dorsey) has a broken arm. I do not know yet how long he will be out. Marcus Temple has a
broken ankle."

On Trent Richardson:
"No one has been able to tackle him consistently this year. I do not care what team they are playing
against, they have a good offensive line and they do not have to ask AJ McCarron to do too much. He is
a tough running back and is one of the top in the country. He should be a Heisman Trophy candidate."

On the difference between the first and second halves:
"They brought a lot more pressure than usual. I felt that they kept our guys really off balance on second
and third downs. They had five and six man pressure. We had to go to shorter throws and that played
into their hands. When you cannot run the ball it makes things difficult. We knew it was going to be an
uphill battle. They are very stingy with giving up yards and they haven't given up many all year."

Ole Miss Players

Wide Receiver Tobias Singleton

On Game: "I just thank coach for giving me the opportunity to get out there on the field."

On Alabama: "They have a really great team, but we're all so young. We just tried to make a few plays
to stay with them."

Wide Receiver Nickolas Brassell

On Game: "It's all about competing to me. I just go out there and whatever Coach Nutt asks me to do, I
just go out there and do my job. I never want to come off the field. I want to be out there and make
plays."

Ole Miss Linebacker Mike Marry

On Alabama: "They're a good team and we made some mistakes. We can't play like that. We have to
come out and limit our mistakes. Trent Richardson is a really good back; he's a game changer. He runs
real hard and he never stops moving his feet until he scores."

On injuries: "Those were some key players that we just lost, so somebody has to step up and fill their
positions. They were big playmakers and also big leaders on and off the field."

On next week: "I can't wait to get in the film room so we can see our mistakes and make sure we limit
them against Arkansas."

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban

Opening Comments: I think there's one thing our players have learned about our program over the last
three or four years, that when we're ready to play, we play pretty well. I thought our guys learned a
lesson last week in terms of not performing that well in the first half, that when you're not ready to play,
you get averaged pretty quick and certainly a lot of teams can beat you if you do that.

We have a lot of respect for Ole Miss' team, the coach and his ability to get them ready to play a game.
Obviously they were, and they turned on us right at the beginning of the game going ahead, but I think
our guys are smart enough to dwell on the lesson that we learned and we challenged them a little. You
have to lead from the front; you can't lead from the back every day. We showed a lot of leadership on
the field today, we also learned that you've got to earn it. A lot of people make a lot of sacrifices for our
program, our team and our players that have the opportunity to play here. I always ask them, are they
being the best they can be and are they doing the best that they can do? Be the best player you can be,
and do your individual responsibility. Everybody's responsible, so everybody has to be responsible to do
their job. We came here today knowing that we would have to change how these guys think, and I think
we did a great job of that, especially in the second half.

On coming back from behind: "I think that's critical, especially on the road. We came back and got the
game back. They busted our coverage a couple of times, because they ran the two-man stack. We
didn't play it right and there was a lack of communication. It's something that we didn't practice a lot,
but it's a simple call. When you have a good team, you have to be able to overcome adversity on the
road. I think it's critical that we took the ball down and scored, and the defense really settled down to
play better as the game went on."

On Courtney Upshaw: "Courtney did a good job, played a really great game. We have rules and things
associated with our program, and Courtney has been a great ambassador for the program at the
University of Alabama. For tornado relief and raising money, he did a great job and made a poor
judgment. It's just part of what we decided to do to not start him in this game."

On Trent Richardson: "Trent had a great game. I think the offensive line did an excellent job, and I think
Trent would be the first one to tell you. We had a really good plan against what they do. You saw A.J.
(McCarron) checking a lot, he called the right play about every time. Our offensive line did a great job of
blocking; Trent did a fantastic job of running. The guy is an outstanding football player, person, and
leader on our team."

Alabama Players

Safety Robert Lester:

On game: "We got ahead in the fourth quarter which gave us the opportunity to get some young players
in and play. I think overall we played well, though."

On Ole Miss: "We knew they were going to come out and do something that we've never seen before.
We just had to adjust to it, settle down, and make plays."

On defensive play: "A lot of credit goes to our linebackers and linemen."

Running Back Trent Richardson:

On touchdown run: "The line did a good job blocking. They had a wall for me, then I just had to make a
play out of it with a few more good blocks up field and I didn't want those good blocks go to waste."

On second half: "One thing we constantly have to do is just get better. We have to play a full game and
improve."

On gameplan: "We knew their defense was going to come after us. We knew they were going to try and
stop our passing game, so we had to balance it out. We also knew their defensive line was going to crash
as much as they can, so we had to work in the middle

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