Media Monday with James Franklin

Oct. 21, 2013

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Monday Musings: Another Defensive Test Awaits

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, offensive lineman Joe Townsend, wide receiver Jonathan Krause and linebacker Karl Butler met with the media Monday to discuss the Commodores' next game against Texas A&M. Saturday's contest will be televised on SEC Network at 11:21 a.m. CT.

James Franklin, Head Coach
Opening Comments:
"We played with tremendous passion and emotion, probably similar to what we've played in the two previous years. We had a big chip on our shoulder and I think early in the game that cost us some penalties, which were significant in the game, but I also don't think we win that game without playing with that type of passion and emotion.

"I thought the word of the game was `persevere.' We played with great emotion and passion. One thing we talked about on Sunday, was how great our sideline was. I thought the non-travel guys, the redshirts, on our sideline were awesome. I think that's very important. Our guys coming back to the sideline and getting that support from their teammates was very important. Same thing with the fans. We've been working very hard to get that home field advantage, I still think we have a ways to go, but the fans that came were awesome and were very supportive."

On Jonathan Krause:
"I think Jonathan Krause is playing at an extremely high level for us. I think that catch that he had was big."

On the defense:
"I think we tackled better. I think having Karl [Butler] back, not just his play-making ability but his experience was important."

On Texas A&M:
"I have tremendous respect for them. They have 10 of their 22 starters returning. We've never played one another as institutions, which is interesting. Their style of offense may create some challenges for them on defense because of time of possession--they're going to be on the field a lot. Their offense tends to be a quick-strike offense, which a lot of times that can skew your stats and throw some things off.

"Arguably, the most explosive offense in the SEC. A lot more balanced than you may think with the run and the pass. They are big and athletic up front and they have a very good core of wide receivers.

"It should be a great challenge. We're really excited about going to play Texas A&M in College Station. I do think [Kyle Field] has a reputation of being one of the best places in all of college football. Crowd noise will be significant this week so we will have the speakers blaring at practice."

On Quarterback Situation:
"It's Austyn Carta-Samuels or Patton Robinette, based on practice."

On Patton Robinette:
"We put such an emphasis on preparation and I think you should always be prepared for the job that you have, whether it's off the field or on the field. I think the fact that he played last week and the experience, he's probably preparing a little different this week depending on how this situation plays out. He shouldn't, but we all know that's human nature. I think that'll give the opportunity to play better the next time he plays."

On Jordan Matthews--breaking SEC Records:
"He just comes to work every single day and does the best that he can to help this team win and have success. If there is a by-product of that, wonderful. We don't talk about those things, we don't emphasize those things."

On fake field goal play:
"I think whenever you scheme for something and you take a calculated risk to do it and the players go out and execute it, it's very rewarding. Going out and watching your guys execute the game plan, watching your guys have success, that's what coaches get so excited about. You work like crazy to put the kids in situations to be successful and on Saturday, we just hang out and watch the game. That's what is so exciting. You work so hard to put the kids in the position to be successful and on Saturday you just want to watch them execute the game plan and have success."

"When things don't go well, it's all on me. When things go well, then that's on the assistant coaches and the players."

On Johnny Manziel:
"I think he's a much better passer than what people give him credit for. I think he's really improved in that area from last year to this year. He's a playmaker--he creates plays. It's really good schemes in the passing game and really good schemes in the running game. Where he hurts you is in plays that aren't drawn up in the playbook. It's him just creating plays. That's what makes him so dangerous."

On focusing/preparing for Texas A&M/Johnny Manziel:
"I like to stick with routines and not make one game more important than another. It's a tremendous challenge for our players and I think we go in similar how we went in with [South Carolina's DE Jadeveon] Clowney."

On LB Jake Sealand:
"I think he played really well. He flew his body around, he was all over the field. I thought he did a really good job making checks and getting the defense lined up and he played relentless. Having Darreon Herring and Karl Butler really helped him. Very pleased with his development."

Karl Butler, Linebacker
On Saturday vs. Georgia -- getting started the right away:
"It was exciting. The defense had my back the whole time and it was good to be back out there. A lot of credit to the whole team for having my back while I was injured."

What was different about the defense on Saturday:
"We played with fire. I felt like the whole team played like that. The offense had our back and the defense just came out and did what we were capable of doing."

On Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel:
"We just look at it like another game. It's a new opportunity and another challenge. That's what we came here to do. He's a great player and at the same time, it's a great offense. They run a very fast-tempo offense. It's exciting to watch him and it's going to be even more exciting to play against him. You have to give credit to the offensive line to give him so much time to do what he does. He has really good receivers that find ways to get open. Definitely give a lot of respect to that whole offense. We will play until the whistle blows. It's everybody going out there doing their job and playing as a unit. Everyone just has to do their job until the whistle blows and everything will work out."

On momentum:
"We are confident after every win. We celebrate every win like it's a big win. We take momentum as it comes with every victory."

On LB Darreon Herring:
"He's definitely grown as a player and become a great linebacker for us. He's doing what he's doing as a player to help this team win and help the defense grow. Everyone is excited about his role and he has become the player that everyone has expected him to be."  

Joe Townsend, Offensive Line
On Carey Spear's touchdown:
"It was awesome. We don't look at Carey as a kicker, we look at him as a football player so when he got that touchdown, everyone went nuts and it was a big moment of the game for us."

On QB Patton Robinette coming into the game:
"Patton has been a winner. He has won his entire life on the field, in the classroom. He came in and took control. We didn't lose a beat. We have his back--whoever is in there we have their back--we just executed the game plan and just kept playing."

Playing on the road in a loud venue like Kyle Field:
"It hinders your communication some, but we get prepared for that in practice so we really don't pay attention to that. If there is a lot of noise--we're already prepared for it."

On the bye week:
"I think it helped our whole team. We recovered and we got some good work in at practice. We got some time off and came back fresh and ready to go."

On Georgia's pick six on a trick play:
"That was gut shot. We moved on, we kept playing the game and moved on. We executed as an offense and did our job and came out on top."

Jonathan Krause, Wide Receiver
On QB Austyn Carta-Samuels leaving the game:
"It was depressing, but Patton [Robinette] came in and stepped up."

 On QB Patton Robinette:
"He's confident of himself just like Carta-Samuels. They both do what they have to do."

On not getting more opportunities before this season:
"Honestly I was frustrated, but at the same time every week I come prepared to play because I don't know if it's going to my week."



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