UMASS - CENTRAL MICHIGAN POSTGAME QUOTES
Nov. 23, 2012
UMass head coach Charley Molnar
On A.J. Doyle's play:
"He does make errors. He's not perfect. He's got some things to learn. He made a great check where he threw the TD to Deion in the third quarter."
On Rob Blanchflower's play:
"He's become more of a dominant player as we've moved through the season. I guess in hindsight we should have tried to get him the ball more as certain down and distance situations came up."
On CMU's comeback:
"We had a team down and took the foot off and let them up. Believe it or not, some guys get complacent out there. On a particular play they don't play as hard as they can. And you can't have that, especially in the second half of a tight football game.
"We've got to convert our third downs and eliminate our penalties. Our guys have to have better fundamentals, better disciple and eliminate the mistakes in the long-yardage situations."
On the season meeting his expectations:
"It didn't meet my expectations but it has come a long way. The progress that some of these guys have made - their net gain and football knowledge has improved greatly. How far can it go? I think it can go very far. We're going to need another full cycle and maybe two in the weight room to be a champ contending team. We need more time in the weight room to level the playing field. Just about every team in the Mac can grind you out.
"I told the team, it's not the result we wanted but we got what we deserved. We got ourselves a loss.
"There may have been a win in there that we didn't take advantage of but its not so far away that we can't see it happening. It's a process and the process has to play itself out.
"These guys believed they could win every time they went out there. There wasn't a team they were afraid of. Our guys played to win. There were times our intensity waned but guys never quit. So when you've got that, you've got something going so we have to build upon that.
"It was a lot greater transition that I wanted to believe. Its not easy. Just look at all of the other transition teams, especially one that did it without a two or three year notice. It's a process and, like I said, will take at least one more recruiting class. We've got to understand there will be growing pains."
Freshman QB A.J. Doyle
On his performance against Central Michigan during her first collegiate start:
"I had some moments I thought I did well and a lot of areas to improve upon. Throwing three interceptions, especially two in a row on our end of the field, put the defense in a bad spot. Overall, I think I did ok, but I didn't perform to the level I wanted to."
On his takeaways for the future from the game against Central Michigan:
"I felt that for the past six or seven weeks I could go out there and feel comfortable having the system down. Today, I felt good but just didn't put it all together and didn't play well enough to win."
Senior LB Perry McIntyre
On his thoughts at the end of the final game of his collegiate career:
"This being my last year, my last game, the four years of hard work ran through my mind and how I'm going to miss these guys going forward."
On the challenges experienced this year and the importance of being part of the first FBS team in program history:
"Being a part of the first class to move up to the FBS level is an honor. We did not go through many high points during the season but we stuck together and I am proud to be a part of this team."
On reflecting upon his career arc with UMass dating back to his recruitment period in high school:
"I didn't see this coming at all, especially when I was being recruited. It was the Colonial Athletic Association. It is an honor. The simple fact of being able to play in this stadium and playing for our coaches. They have backgrounds from across the country. To get this experience and play at a high level was definitely great."
Redshirt-junior TE Rob Blanchflower
On being a reliable target for freshman QB A.J. Doyle in his first collegiate start:
"Every play I am trying to get open to get the ball. The way the schemes were and the way the defense played out and the reads A.J. [Doyle] made, most of the time A.J. made a great read and I happened to be open. There is pressure with a young quarterback, being an older guy on the team you have to make the plays because the ball might not come that way again, the block might not be made again or the running back might not be running behind me again. I just hold myself accountable to the team and to A.J."
On the possibility of carrying the momentum from the game into next season:
"Finishing the season on this note is going to be inspiring for us in the offseason. The taste in our mouths is not going to go away. Like Perry [McIntye] said, we work so hard and put so much into it emotionally, physically and mentally. We make so many sacrifices that coming out and going into next season we are already talking about carrying the momentum over. We need to carry this over, we need to start eating right and training harder. It is definitely a force that pushes you when you finish on a note like this."
Central Michigan Quotes
Head Coach Dan Enos
On the performance of running back Zurlon Tipton:
"In the second half we made an effort to try to run the ball and Zurlon Tipton ran really hard. Saylor Lavallii did as well and our offensive line, tight ends and everyone else did a good job blocking as well."
On becoming bowl eligible at 6-6:
"We won our last three in a row and that was really important to us. We'll see what happens. I know it's not a guarantee being six-and-six that we're going to get an opportunity but we would love to have an opportunity and we're going to start Monday and start acting and preparing like we're going to play in a bowl game and we'll just kind of see how the chips fall from there."
On the 42-21 comeback win:
"I'm really proud. We were up 14-0 and then we got a little complacent and we turned the ball over. You have to give UMass a lot of credit. They played really hard and they did some good things. Their tight end [Rob Blanchflower] is an outstanding player and they did some really good things. They took a lead and I'm just proud of our guys for handling the adversity, hanging in there and just continuing to play."