UMass vs. Albany Post-Game Quotes

Aug. 30, 2008

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UMass quotes: Don Brown on team preparation
The bottom line is I think that we were maybe overhyped coming out of the tunnel. I didn't think we were really composed. It took us a wile to get our stuff in order. I thought we settled down as a football team and we played much better from the second quarter. It was 28-7 from the second quarter on, that piece right there gets me excited. We missed on a couple of plays and take care of business as well as we could have but it is still 28-6 victory against a team that has won a lot of football games the last two years. The bottom line is we still have to get the W.

Tony Nelson on his new starting role
Before the game I was nervous, this being my first collegiate start, its something new, and I just remember my old coaches telling me to just stick with my reason and that I have the talent. We started off a little slow, but after a while I started to get into the groove and get more comfortable. After watching Matt (Lawrence) and Steve (Baylark) play so well in the past few years I knew I just had to do something big for my team.

Don Brown on Chris Zardas
I don't take any credit for what Zardas does, he's an animal. For a young man that had ACL surgery in December, to play in a game in August is quite a feat. We are just happy to have him back on the field. He is not nearly 100%, but at the same time he's certainly good to go. You will see him minutes improve as his confidence increases as the weeks go on.

Josh Jennings on the defensive goal line stance
That was huge. They drove the ball and Coach Brown said that at every practice this week to be prepared because we would face adversity offensively and defensively. I think that everyone stepped up.

Don Brown on Dave McCarty
He's a little faster than I though, he's smart and he reads the holes really well. He's one of those guys that s just a very good football player. If you look at what they accomplished, the screen is him, so anything they did, the swing was him. Anything they did during the game was not contemporary to the wideouts, their throw game was him. He carried a big load that gave them a chance. Once we settled him down we really stepped up on offense in the second quarter and took care of each other as a team. The bottom line is we played the game to win, and we're 1-0.

Albany Quotes: Coach Ford on the UMass Offensive line
"I thought they cloned them. You had so many 6'5 300 pound guys. They were all great looking guys. At the same time, in all honesty, I thought we hung in there pretty well. In the long run, we would have liked to have taken it away from them, but it was difficult.

Coach Ford on when they went up 9-0
"I was hoping the game would end."

Coach Ford on when they went for it on fourth down at the end of the first half
"It was a series of decisions that I made. I look back now and maybe we shouldn't have done the onside kick. We should have kicked it deep. All these decisions that don't turn out right you second-guess them in the end."

Vinnie Esposito on being down 21-16
I felt that we were due and everyone on the sidelines did too. It is a great feeling that shifted the momentum in our favor.

Vinnie Esposito on the touchdown pass where he took a big hit
I was happy that the pass went great. They are a aggressive defense and they are physical and hit well and run well. On the screen we took advantage on a blitz and took care of it. It was a combination of a good call and the run after the catch and catching them in the blitz.

Coach Ford on having five road games to open the season
I think I was extremely proud of our effort. We have a lot of positive things to work on but there are enough negative things that we will have an interesting film session on Sunday. What we hurt ourselves on was penalties. Guys were tired, on both sides of the football field.




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