Vanderbilt-Florida postgame quotes

Nov. 9, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin
Opening statement:
"I want to start by saying this is a great win for our program. There are some things that Larry Leathers gave me that I read to the team that I'm very proud of: first win over Florida since 1988, before any of our players were born; first win in the Swamp since 1945; first time ever to defeat Georgia and Florida in the same season. We're very proud of those things, and then if you look over our last year and a half, we're 6-0 in the month of November, which if you study Vanderbilt's history that hasn't always been the case this late in the season. I'm very proud of our kids and the program in general because of the fact that we just get better as the season goes on. Our kids work hard at developing in practice. They've bought in to what we are doing. Individually and collectively as the season goes on we get better, and we've done that going into our third year now. I'm very proud of our coaches, very proud of the administrative staff and the players for that.

"This time of year everybody's banged up, so I'm really, really proud of how our team responded. 

"I think the difference in the game was the turnovers. Our defense was able to get turnovers. If you look at it statistically, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but because of the turnovers that our defense was able to get, the offense had a short field a lot of times, and I think that was the difference in the game. We talked about all week long that the penalties and the turnovers were going to be a huge factor in the game. I haven't really looked at the penalty statistics yet, although we took two delay of games on purpose to try to eat up the clock. I thought the opening drive was important. The offense was able to go down and get some points on the board right from the beginning. Another thing that I thought was very important was that 90-yard drive. I'm really proud of our kids, really proud of our program. I've got a great coaching staff and support staff, and all the credit goes to those guys. That's a talented team. I've got a lot of respect for them. I've got a lot of respect for this program, and the history and tradition here. But it's a good win for our program, so we're proud."

On the defensive takeaways:
"We're a fundamentalist program, and I think that's why over time we get better. Do we tweak things now and then? Yes, but if you believe in your process and you've got a proven process; you trust that and you just keep working away at it. "

I think over time, by really relying on your fundamentals and emphasizing fundamentals, I think you have a chance to have some success."

On how they got pressure on and intercepted Murphy:
"It wasn't any one specific thing. We think they have really good players. They have really good schemes. I think early on we had a hard time getting pressure to the quarterback. They are big and physical up front and athletic. As the game went on, we were able to wear them down and get some sacks late.

"It wasn't really the pressure and the sacks that were the difference in the game. They had an impact late. The turnovers were the real difference, and our guys just did a good job playing the ball and going up after it."

On the run-heavy attack:
"We're starting a freshman quarterback on the road at Florida. His first two starts were at Texas A&M and at Florida, so whenever we can establish the run to take some pressure off of a young kid, we like to do that. We were able to do that tonight."

Fresham QB Patton Robinette
On thoughts on the game:
"Our offensive line set the tone early and kept it going the entire game and really got us this win. This was their win. They did a good job." 

On receiving emotional lift from interceptions and returns:
"Knowing your defense has your back, which they always do. They always have our back. Getting that great field position, being able to go 20 yards and get a touchdown is awesome."

On not seeing Florida give up during game:
"Those guys, they've got a great defense. They were getting after it the entire time."

Senior DB Andre Hal
On mood in locker room after game:
"It was crazy. We had fun today. We were playing together like the old Vanderbilt team. We played together, we played hard and we just played with each other. "

On trend of team getting better in November in the past few years:
"I think it's just from our workouts from the summer. We grind all year. I think just at the end of the year people just start falling out, but I think we pick up. We get better and that's the main thing we did."

Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp
Opening statement:
"We're not good enough to overcome critical mistakes. Obviously, the first drive wasn't very good. Emotionally, it takes the wind out of yourself when you turn the ball over. When you throw it to them or when you give it to them inside the 10 yard line three times, you're not going to win. We're not good enough to overcome those things. We've got to take care of the ball, especially this game and a game earlier in the year. There are lots of things we can do better offensively. We need to gain some confidence defensively and head to Columbia, S.C., to play a good South Carolina team."

On the slow start for the Gators:
"It's a 60-minute game, regardless of how the game starts. We had a great opportunity on third down, we had good coverage on the play and then we lost the edge. It's a 60-minute game. You make adjustments throughout the game. We didn't do enough to make them have to earn it."

On the three Florida turnovers:
"You have to make those plays. You know, we've got to get the ball bouncing our way, but you've got to create your own opportunities, self-evaluate where you are as a coach and as a player, and make improvements and that's what we're going to do."

On the resiliency of the team:
"We didn't play very smart and we didn't take care of the football. When those things happen, emotionally, it's a killer. It's a killer for your entire organization. Right now, we're not strong enough mentally to handle it - a year ago, maybe earlier in the year we were, but right now we're not. Our leadership needs to step forward and that's what we're going to do - move forward with the guys that are willing to accept challenges and opportunities ...You can play with more of an edge, in my opinion. At the end of the day, you cannot give them those opportunities. It's a complete emotional letdown to for the team."

On the expectations of the team:
"The expectation doesn't change. I know what expect of myself and I put more pressure on myself than on anyone else to do a great job at Florida. I take a lot of pride in that, regardless of the situation and circumstances. We have to keep going out there because what we're doing so far isn't working. " "

I certainly don't like the product we're putting on the field and that's my responsibility. I take full credit for that. When it's good, it's good. When it's not good, it's not good. That's all me. This is the real deal - this is the University of Florida. My expectation is as high or higher than anyone sitting in the stands and there's nobody more let down or hurt by this run than me. It's on me."

Sophomore DL Jonathan Bullard
On how tough it was to defend Vanderbilt's short field drives:
"It's tough, but it's something we got to do. We know the offense didn't do it on purpose, so we have to go out there and do our job. We weren't able to stop it today, but we were on some of the previous games, so it just killed us today."

On the struggles of the run defense:
"We don't know what it is. We've just got to keep working hard and finish out the season strong so we won't have this taste going into next year."

On the feeling when walking off the field after a loss:
"It's bad, of course. Nobody likes to lose."

On not being able to get off the field during the game:
"It's frustrating; we got to get key plays. We got to get three-and outs and help the offense with good field position, so it was frustrating when we came up short sometimes."

Sophomore DL Dante Fowler Jr.
On the negative reaction from some of the fans:
"I don't pay attention to that. I understand that they're frustrated, but you really can't pay attention to things like that while you're in the game."

On the attitude inside the locker room:
"I'm sure everyone is frustrated right now - we`ve lost four straight. That's not really how it goes at Florida. We just have to bounce back and get it right."

Redshirt Senior OL Jon Halapio
On problems with pass protection being attributed to o-line changes:
"Probably communication or something like that. We practice every look in practice and more, so it's hard to tell without watching the film."

On bowl-eligibility:
"It's very possible. We just got to eliminate mistakes and everything will pan out for us bowl-game wise."

Redshirt Junior QB Tyler Murphy
On his performance today:
"I didn't play well. I had three interceptions, we put the defense in a bind and we killed the momentum offensively. I have to play better."

On the state of the team:
"The guys are disappointed, but we're going to keep fighting one game at a time. We have South Carolina, so it seems like every week things don't get easier for us. We have no other choice but to keep fighting."



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