UC - Eastern Kentucky Post Game Quotes|
Aug. 28, 2008
UC vs. Eastern Kentucky Quotes
Dustin Grutza: "It felt great to be out there. We prepared well and we didn’t know exactly what to expect from them. Coach had us prepared really well. There is definitely room to work. Coach Kelly’s emphasis is going out there and playing hard. I think we did that. Our first game out we made some mistakes, and I think we can clean some stuff up and make some improvements for next week."
Connor Barwin: "I had to do a big stick, which means you have to go all the way to the center. I did that, and I saw AD (Alex Daniels) flush the quarterback out so I was already in the middle of the field. I ran him (EKU quarterback Allan Holland) down the side. I was kind of surprised, and I didn’t know how to celebrate. It was exciting to get my first sack."
John Goebel: "I am so honored to be out there. I was really nervous to go out there. They called a few plays and I was giddy. I haven’t played running back since high school. My offensive line did such a great job. It is really different than playing our defense in practice because our defense swarms."
UC Head Coach, Brian Kelly
Opening Statement: "Good start for us offensively and defensively. I liked the way we started. I thought we took control early, and we left little doubt. When we talk to our football team, Eastern Kentucky has a lot of tradition. One of the things we talked about was not giving them a lot of confidence early on, and we needed to exert ourselves early on. If you give them a spark early on, they will fight you. They fought us, but we really got a foothold early on. Defensively, we really limited their ability to push the ball down the field. Clearly, Dustin Grutza made some plays for us offensively. It was nice to see Dustin execute a lot of things early on to make us a good football team. I thought we played very fast."
On Dustin Being Quarterback: "I thought he did some pretty good things. Clearly, his ability to make some plays outside the pocket; we knew was a strength of his. He threw okay in the pocket; he has to get better there. Anytime you have a career best; that is the kind of clean work, high percentage work that we have talked about from day one. If he can stay in that type of rhythm offensively, we will be in good shape."
Eastern Kentucky Head Coach, Dean Hood
Allen Holland #2 QB Sr.
“We need to get in the film room and correct the tings we did wrong tonight. It’s not just one person, it’s a whole unit. WE win and lose as all 11 on offense. When one guy messes up it affects everybody. We’re going to get that corrected and we’ll get ready to go for Western next week.”
Cody Watts #5 WR So.
“Me and Allen talked on the sideline the series before and we saw the corner biting down and just kept biting down and kept biting down and he said next time he does it we’re going deep and so we both saw the corner come up and we just reacted and scored. It was a pretty exciting little play.”
In camp he was moved from QB to WR. Thoughts on getting that first touchdown in the first game.
“It feels good especially against Cincinnati. They were a great team. It’s exciting especially all the offensive linemen come and meet you in the end zone 7 yards away that show that they’re ready to play football too.”