UMass Post Game Quotes vs. Vanderbilt
Sept. 21, 2013
UMass Postgame Quotes
"At the end of the day, we lost the football game, but our team played very hard. We played hard on offense, defense, and in the kicking game. We just ran into a string of injuries today and it was almost mind boggling. We were just losing guys with ankles and feet, nothing major. We were trying to mix and match our offense, defense and special teams, our play selection on offense became quite challenging at times. There were certain plays designed for certain players, but they weren't in the game. Anyways, that's no excuse for what the final result was, but it took away from our momentum. I've never been in a game with so many stoppages of play. It has to drive the fans batty. It seemed like every major play was reviewed for at least three quarters. It really hurt the momentum, I can't speak for them (Vanderbilt), but it hurt our momentum at times where we had the ball, had the first down, had the stop and then they had to look at it and it took forever to tell us what we already knew that we had a first down."
"Nobody stood out to me in particular today with their performance. AJ started off a little bit slow, but he picked things up in the middle of the first quarter through the second quarter. When he got hurt, he wasn't quite the same; he didn't have the same confidence about himself when he lost some of his mobility. On the other hand, I thought Mike Wegzyn had some fire in his eyes when he came out there. He was absolutely prepared to go out there and do whatever he could do to help our football team win."
On playing the 4-3 defense...
"The biggest difference is you have four big guys on the field at all times. It might be more of our strength to have those four out there."
On Blanchflower's Return...
On entering MAC play following a bye week:
Redshirt-senior TE Rob Blanchflower
Graduate student defensive end Justin Anderson
On building on the defense's performance against Vanderbilt during the bye-week...
Sophomore QB A.J. Doyle
On the decision to attempt short passes vs. making longer throws downfield...
"Prettiest win I've seen because we got the W. That's all that matters. We got a chance to learn some things with a win and that was kind of what our focus was. If we can get as many ugly wins as we possibly can get as people describe them, I describe that as a pretty win. We find a way to get it done. We got some adjustments that we have to make. We'll get back on the plane, we'll watch the tape and watch the film. I talked to (QB) Austyn Carta-Samuels about the third quarter and I said, `you know what, you probably wish you played a little bit better in that game but you grinded through it and you found a way to be successful.' That's the most important thing and we'll go from there."
(On Penalties) "I think if you're five or less in a game, you're in pretty good shape but I agree that the penalty early on in the game. We had the interception on offense and then we get an interception on defense but we lined up in the neutral zone, which took it away. So I think overall, we've been pretty disciplined, one of the more disciplined teams in the country when it comes to penalties but we got to be smart. The ones that we had came at tough times."
QB Austyn Carta-Samuels
"It's tough. We had some plays that just didn't go as we had planned and hoped for. But obviously, I'm sick of being overly critical after a win. You know, we won. And I'm excited for all 100 teammates and our coaches. Winning is the most important thing and we take that into next week with some momentum as opposed to nitpicking everything that we do. I want to be happy about this right now."
(On WR Jonathan Krause' play today) "Jonathan works hard and that's a great thing when somebody who works as hard as he does and we can reward him for that. The offensive line takes care of me and so I was able to put the ball next to him and give him an opportunity to catch it. It's just awesome for all 10 of us to be part of rewarding a guy who comes here and punches the clock and does it the right way. He works hard."
"I think something that we need to emphasize as a team and that we are going to talk about a lot is not dwelling on mistakes. It could have been prettier than 10-7 (at the half) but as the same time, we responded in the second half, came back and scored 14 points and got out of here with a 17 point victory and that's what important. I feel like because there is so much expectation now on our team and we hold ourselves to a high standard as well, we're being extremely nitpicky of everything that goes on in the game. I'm very happy. We won. We did a good job, especially in the second half. We're going to build on that going into UAB and get ready for the rest of the season."
RB Jerron Seymour
"Me and Tate knew that coming in that we would be getting carries and we just wanted to get the running game established. That was mainly our focus coming in. The game plan was to get the running game going between him and me and I think we were pretty successful today. The offensive line played their tails off today so we were able to get that"
(On diving catch out of bounds play on third down leading to 1 yard run) "I'm a pretty good athlete growing up and I was just able to showcase. Austyn gave me a chance. He believed in me. He threw the ball and gave me an opportunity to make a play on it. He threw the ball in the perfect spot and the defender couldn't make a play on it and I was just able to reach my arms out on it. I use every inch of the 5'6" I could to catch the ball and drag my feet in bound so I just made a play on the ball.
(On mood after today's win) "After today's win ..... In the second half we showed that if we all play together as one we will be unstoppable. Nobody can stop us. And if we can just put that together for four quarters, we will be very successful and that second half just proved it. We just have to build on that second half to the next game going forward.