Vanderbilt - Georgia postgame quotes

Oct. 19, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin

Opening Comments:

"Thank you to the fans for creating a good environment, which we've worked hard to build. We persevered. We've persevered all year long. We've persevered as a campus. We've persevered as a community. I'm happy for our kids and our program. We're 1-0 this week... My emotion is for this community and this campus. Having [linebacker] Karl Butler back was significant. [Quarterback] Patton Robinette coming in under tough circumstances was big."

On Vanderbilt Quarterback Patton Robinette:

"He had like three losses in high school... We [develop] guys to put them in situations to be successful. He did his job and his teammates had his back. This is a violent game. You always have to prepare because you're only one play away."

On Wide Receiver Jonathan Krause's Late-Game Heroics:

"That's what the SEC is all about - teams competing and players competing. He is an example of perseverance. He has been here for three years. He has been great as a teammate. He has blocked, he did his job, he paid his dues. When the time has come for him to step up this year, he has been there for us."

On the SEC Competition:

"This conference is brutal. That's why it's so respected nationally. I'm proud to be a part of Vanderbilt, part of the SEC and part of this community."

On Vanderbilt's Defense:

"I'm very proud of our defense. We made some slight changes in scheme - nothing radical. That's a good team we just played. That's one of the best quarterbacks in the country... The defense was able to play well enough to keep the game close."

On the Game's Intensity:

"The fake field goal was an important play in the game. The fact that we were 2-for-2 on fourth down is important. We have to take calculated risks. It was a very intense game from the sidelines."

On Vanderbilt Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels:

"I feel for the kid... Being a part of this program is giving him great chances... I'm very proud of him. His leadership has been unbelievable."

On Getting Wins:

"When you take over a program, every win has to be significant to us. Every school you play - it's an opportunity. You come together on Saturdays as a community. Football has the power to bring a community together like nothing else. We should be celebrating when good things happen.

"We've had significant wins and signature wins from Day 1. When you come in and take over a program with four wins in the previous two years, UConn is a significant win, Presbyterian is a significant win... They are all significant."

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews

On how hard it was adjusting to a new quarterback in the middle of the game:

"It wasn't hard at all. I mean, I work with him every single day. I've got chemistry with all of them and I've got confidence in all them which is the most important. So when Patton came into the game we were just like 'let's go.'

On the significance of these games as a senior:

"Yeah it feels good. It feels good to go out and win and be 1-0, no matter who your opponent is. Georgia is a good opponent but we feel the same way when we have a win against Austin Peay or UMass or any team where we're able to execute or game plan and get a W. They're all great wins. A win is a win."

On coming back from Georgia's interception and then touchdown:

"I don't think it was very hard coming back from that. Coach Franklin does a great job instilling the mind set that when something goes wrong you keep going. When I saw it happen I was like 'Alright, let's go, let's go score a touchdown.' So there's never really a rollercoaster of emotions, you just have that one mindset of finishing the mission."

Vanderbilt LB Darreon Herring

On second half stops of the ball:

"Coach came in at half time wanting to readjust different plays and D-line was getting on the ball really good during this game. I mean our linebackers, Jake Sealand, Karl Butler, all our linebackers were playing great."

On holding Murray to his second lowest passing total in his career:

"It goes all to the D-line. I mean they kept tremendous pressure on him and he's got to throw the ball somewhere. It was also all the calls. I mean Coach gives us great plays to execute and stop them. We practice all week and then come out and execute it on Saturdays."

Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette

On getting thrown in the game:

"I didn't wake up this morning expecting to play a decent amount of the game, but Austyn went down and it was my job to step up and execute the offense to the best of my ability. I had great receivers, running backs, and offensive linemen that helped that happen. We got the 'W' and that's the most important thing.

"I definitely got more comfortable as I went. I was kind of in shock, when an injury like that happens you have to go in and execute and do the best you can."

On watching Carta-Samuels limp off the field:

"You have to be prepared to go the distance. We wanted Austyn to be able to play but got us where we were, this was his win. To see him come off like that was tough, but you have to be ready to go the distance."

On his high school football background:

"My coaches in Maryville always instilled in us that you go out to execute the play and have the mindset that no matter what happens, you're going to execute it and you're going to win the game. Coming into this game today, that definitely helped me to execute so good things would happen and knowing that a win will take care of itself."

On talking to Austyn during the game:

"I talked to him at halftime and throughout the second half. He was pretty upset at halftime like you would expect him to be. But I told him we were going to go out and execute for him. During the second half, he was out there helping me work through some things on the sideline and he was there for me and I appreciate him for that. That win was for him, no doubt."

Georgia head coach Mark Richt

Opening statement:

"Congratulations to Vanderbilt. They played a great game, they played better than us. They're fans did a great job and so did the backup quarterback who came in, in a tough position. They had outstanding defense and we just got beat by a good team."

On special teams being the weakness of the team:

"I'm not going to say that about our special teams. We certainly made mistakes today on special teams, but this is a team game. Offense has a responsibility, defense has a responsibility and special teams has their responsibility. We win as a team, we lose as a team."

On the two targeting calls during the game:

"I promised myself I wouldn't say anything about the officiating today."

On if the targeting rule changes the way Georgia plays defense:

"I don't think so. We work on drills in practice so that we don't hit above the shoulders, we are very conscious about. The game is being played so fast, offensive players may catch the ball at one height but when you get to them they go a little lower. It is very difficult to know exactly where a guy will be when you strike him. It is hard to do it within the rules, even with the right spirit, which I know our guys have. If you get to coaching where you have to go low, now you're putting offensive players at risk as well."

On the fumble late in the game:

"Certainly when a guy is trying to get extra yards, the more susceptible he will be to putting the ball on the ground. He has good habits though, I'm sure Vanderbilt did a good job of knocking it out."

On issues moving the ball in the second half:

"I don't really know for sure without looking at the tape. There were a lot of bang-bang plays. They played a really good zone defense, they did a good job of hitting our receivers as the ball was coming. We didn't give up a sack but they put some pressure on us."

On his defense when Robinette came into the game at QB:

"No, we ran the same calls. He did a nice job. He stood in their and made some plays, didn't make any foolish throws, held onto the ball well when he ran it, I thought he played well."

Georgia LB Jordan Jenkins

On the two targeting calls:

"I'm not trying to say much, but that whole call is a BS call to me... the rule in general is BS. I think it ruins the game. I think it's going to ruin the game of football."

On the effect of this loss:

"It's definitely one that's going to hit us deep. We thought we had it won. We should have won. Some unfortunate things happened today, and we've just got to come back ready to work."

On the game:

"After this we've just got to get back to work. Lot of thoughts on this game. Gonna keep some to myself. I'm ready to see how this officiating, this is going to go over this weekend."


Georgia CB Damian Swann

On the secondary's play in today's game:

"I'm proud of my guys. I'm proud of the way they stepped up today. We've just got to keep playing."

Georgia CB Shaq Wiggins

On pick six:

"I kind of knew it was coming, the only play they really could have run there so I just read it before those big guys could get a hand on it.  It was a great feeling, being my first pick six in an SEC game."

On the team moving forward:

"We really wanted to win this game before the bye week, but now we can to go back to the drawing boards, go back to practicing the way we have been practicing, and just continue and focus on the next game."

On if the team's goal still remains the same for the rest of the season:

"I think it will remain the same, we will just have to go game-by-game but our goal is still the same."

On opinion of what went wrong today:

"That would really be an opinion you would have to ask my coach. I think we played great as a team, especially as a defense. We improved on a lot of things, especially in the secondary. I think we did good."

Georgia QB Aaron Murray

On Vanderbilt and thinking getting by them to get to 5-2:

"This is a much needed open date, we got to figure this out. Do some soul searching and really figure out what we need to do individually and as a team to get better. There are still a lot of great games left, a big game versus Florida in a couple weeks. We got to put this one behind us, get back to work, find a way and like I said just keep getting better." 

On how much of a roller coaster for you emotionally the season has been:

"I mean it's tough but we got to just keep grinding. Like I said our leaders really have to step up and make sure everyone stays focused, stays hungry and keeps working."

On being up 27-14 and maybe wanting to take more chances:

"We as players just thought we could run the ball and they did a better job towards the end of the game of really stuffing the run. They played extremely well today, you got to give them a lot of credit."

On having three straight three and outs towards the end:

"Like I said, they did a great job of their scheme and we just didn't make the plays."

On Vanderbilt's scheme:

"Nothing that we weren't prepared for, they didn't do anything crazy. We just didn't make the plays and they played hard. We didn't match that as well as we needed to, they made the plays down the stretch and we didn't."

On how stunning was the turn of events:

"Definitely very stunning, it's hard. But like I said, it's a good open week for us. We got to get healthy and got to get guys working a little harder this week, next week and then get ready to finish off strong."



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