Postgame Quotes vs. Texas A&M

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Nov. 18, 2017


TEXAS A&M 31, OLE MISS 24
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium - Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 18, 2017

 MATT LUKE - OLE MISS HEAD COACH

Opening statement
"We have to give their defense credit. They shut us out in the second half when they had a pick-6 and ultimately the turnovers was the difference. You can't turn the ball over and win."

On the defense
"They were able to get pressure on the quarterback, so that was tough on Jordan (Ta'amu) and I think it was hard with the conditions, especially throwing that deep ball down the field. It was a tail of two halves for us. We didn't get it done in the second half, so credit to Texas A&M. I am proud of our defense. They gave us a chance to try to tie the game there at the end and they did a nice job stopping the run all night. I can't say how proud I am of those guys."

On the punt returns
"It was windy and hard to judge on both sides. It was hard to catch it with all the wind taking place, so that was just a judgment call."

On Jordan Wilkins
"He is a senior and been a warrior for us all year. He played well again tonight with the long touchdown run. He is doing all the things we are asking him to do, so just really proud of him."

On Tayler Polk
"He is always giving everything he has. I am really proud of him and what he brings to the table."

On the seniors
"I just want to say, thank you. I have been grateful to those guys and I love them. They are the ones directly affected by this bowl ban and they haven't blinked once. I am proud of them."

 JORDAN WILKINS - OLE MISS RUNNING BACK

On performance in the second half "I've got to give credit to Texas A&M. They made adjustments at halftime, came out and played hard. We were shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of the times with a lot of penalties. We have to play a lot cleaner game."

On A&M's performance in the first half vs second half
"In the first half I thought we came out with a lot of energy. We failed to move the ball on first down. We kept having penalties that backed us up, which made it tough for us.

On his performance this season
"I have to give most of the credit to the O-line, they get more physical and tough as the game goes and that turns it over to me. It makes it easier on me. The coaches want us to be physical and everybody rallies around that, it works out well."

On 64-yard touchdown run
"My body is feeling better. I felt like I had a lot more push off of my leg toady and the ankle that has been bothering me, so things are getting better."

On turnaround to Mississippi State game
"It will be a good one. I know we will all look at film and see what we can get better from. We will be ready to go Thursday."

 TAYLER POLK - OLE MISS LINEBACKER

On career at Ole Miss and performance against A&M
"I was telling everyone as we were walking in all we got is Thursday, so that's the only thing on my mind. I'm focusing on how I can get healthy and how I can recover to get back as fast as possible for Thursday. That's all that's on my mind."

On fast recovery
"The main thing is I'm going to get back as fast as possible, try to get as much ice on me as humanly possible, get some antioxidants in me and then just try my best. That's all you can do, just try to speed up the recovery and double up on everything and anything you can do."

On 12 tackles against A&M and how he is productive
"It's all about heart and if you are one to lay it on the line. I've got instincts. I know that my abilities might not be the best, they might not be typical but I know this game in and out. The main thing is I have heart and we've got a bunch of guys on this team that do. Thursday we will be ready to rock and roll."

On his love of football
"I want to be a coach when I get done with this. I want to be a graduate assistant here and then try to work my way up. I study this game a lot."

On if they can put A&M behind them
"If you want it bad enough you can, and I know we have a bunch of guys that do. I'm going to do everything humanly possible to get my mind right and that everyone else on this team's mind is right. You can't take anything for granted and we can't waste any time. Nothing can be wasted now."

 KEVIN SUMLIN - TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH

On getting an SEC win on the road
"Its good you know, to go on the road in the SEC and win you have to be happy about it particularly in the west. We weren't perfect, but thought our guys played really hard and you know I'm happy for them."

On the defense in the second half
"Credit to our staff we made some adjustments at halftime we tried to contain the quarterback. We were more of a coverage team in the first half. He got loose and converted some third downs on his own. I thought that defense did a nice job the second half of really creating more negative yardage plays, sacks. The issue with the quarterback and that translated into them not putting points on the board in the second half and giving us a chance to win. There were some adjustments by our coaches that turned out to be great decisions and our players executed."

On if the talk about his job security affects the feeling of a win
"No. You come to win. It affects you because it is your job to win football games. It is not like that talk just started last week. This started in the summer, so every game has been like that."

On the changes into the second half
"It was the same thing with us offensively. The only time we got stopped was if we had a bad snap or penalty and got behind the chains on first down. Both teams were going up and down the field in the first half. Both team's made adjustments at halftime that created issues for both offenses. It was a little bit different for us with a young quarterback; we didn't have to put the ball in his hands to win the game with us being ahead. That was the thought process."

 TRAYVEON WILLIAMS - TEXAS A&M RUNNING BACK

On getting a win on the road
"It is a big deal. With Ole Miss being an SEC opponent, it is a big deal and a big win late in the season. It is us against everyone and a big deal for this team. Nick Stark had a great game and this game really showed us what we can do from the film room to the field. A lot of young guys played tonight and a lot of young guys executed, that is great for the future."

On Nick Starkel
"He is a great guy back there. He brings a spread element. He is consistent and brings his leadership, which helps a lot of guys. I am glad to have him back there."

On the defense
"The defense made adjustments at halftime. Our defense shut out their offense in the second half. Derrick Tucker had a great game especially with him being such a young guy. He's the future. That pick-six really helped us out and gave us a little spark."

 KODA MARTIN - TEXAS A&M OFFENSIVE TACKLE

On winning on the road in the SEC
"It's awesome. It's a fight; the SEC is a fight versus great players. To come out of this game with a win is awesome."

On how tough it is to block Breeland Speaks
"He's a good player, and I'm upset with myself for some of the mistakes I've made. I definitely need to go watch film and fight to fix those things. I always feel like I beat myself, and I can win that battle. He's a good player, and I've got to give him credit. He played hard and made some plays, but at the end of the day we came out with a win. We have to treat the plays he put pressure on us as a learning opportunity."

 

 

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