Sept. 17, 2005
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On the game:
"After a very difficult trip to Hamilton, New York, I thought our guys responded with a very solid effort. The guys certainly competed hard all day. From a defensive perspective...we're playing at a very solid level. To be quite honest, I expected us to handle the Albany offense but I didn't expect us to quite overwhelm them like we did tonight.
"This is kind of a good stepping stone for us as we get back into the A-10 with a very big game next Saturday night against Rhode Island."
On the offense:
"It was nice to see R.J. (Cobbs) and Steve (Baylark), neither of whom broke the 100 yard barrier, but they both had very solid efforts and I thought Justin Montgomery did a very good job as well. (Liam Coen), the Redshirt Freshman did a great job. To be quite honest, I didn't know how he was going to react, but he gave us a very, very solid effort.
"R.J. is a just very versatile and we're trying to get the ball into his hands in a number of ways. He and Steve really shared the load tonight and did a nice job and took the load off Liam. Liam put the ball where it needed to be placed and we managed the game, that's what was important. We managed the game from an offensive perspective the way we're capable of managing the game."
"There are a lot of good things happening and the unfortunate piece is that you can't just move somebody to the offensive line and expect him to be ready to go with all the blocking schemes and protections. All the things those guys need to learn, it's a difficult process."
On his expectations:
"I knew Albany was going to come out and fly around but I was definitely prepared (after the Colgate game)."
On the offense:
"It's always our key to establish the run game and it always helps our offense."
On his blocks:
"There were a couple of times when Steve (Baylark) and R.J. (Cobbs) cut back and Coach (Brown) always says just to go down and do something and I guess it was me trying to be a real football player. Our offensive line played incredible and probably the hits I took were my fault, trying to run around a little bit and throw some blocks."
On the defense's performance:
"We didn't make any mistakes and we ran around and flew to the ball. Everyone contributed."
On his record-tying performance:
"It's obviously nice (to tie the UMass career interception record) but I just want to win. I want to get that Colgate game out of our system."
On three safeties in a game:
"I've never seen anything like that in a game, not on TV or in a game I've played.
It's crazy. It seems that's how our season has been portrayed; some crazy things have happened."
On his performance:
"I got to give a lot of credit to my offensive line. They put in a lot of work this week. They really focused and accomplished some good things."
Coach Ford's General Reaction To Game:
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Brown. He's a class act wherever he coaches and that was demonstrated when he took a knee late it the game being up so much. We had problems with our kicking game and our regular snapper is out. I don't think our offense had a great game. Those two backs (Steve Baylark, R. J. Cobbs) are the two best I've ever seen. They (UMass) have a good young quarterback and a great defense."
Coach Ford On The Quick Kick On Third Down:
"Our offense was frustrated and our odds of converting in that situation are less than 50 percent. We had a better chance of moving the ball down field by quick kicking it than the way we were going offensively."
Coach Ford On Why The UMass Defense Caused Albany Offense So Many Problems:
"They've got great team speed. Coach Brown gives you a lot of different looks and comes at you many different ways. They've got some great athletes and they run very well. They are a veteran unit that's seen a lot of action."
Coach Ford On The Long Snapping Situation:
"He (Justin Sands) tore a tendon in his foot going from drill to drill, no contact whatsoever. I'm not sure if we're going to get him back. Last week, Seamus McLaughlin got them all perfect except for the last one he sent over the guy's head at Hofstra. Tonight, he started struggling with the snaps in the third quarter and Mark Sheehan went in later in the game and bounced one."
Coach Ford On Quarterback Daniel Bocanegra's Game:
"He didn't have as much time as we would have liked him to have, but they pressured him pretty well. When we did get him some time, we dropped passes and he made some reads that a redshirt freshman would make. We're going to pay a price for that for a little while."