Cincinnati-Southeast Missouri State Postgame Quotes
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2009 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL POSTGAME QUOTES
Southeast Missouri State at Cincinnati – 9/12/09
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio

CINCINNATI QUOTES

Head Coach Brian Kelly

Opening Statement ...

“It was a difficult transition for us. Five days to prepare after playing very well against Rutgers. My concern all week was to make certain our team was mentally ready to play. Physically we matched up very well. All week we worked on the mental end of things to set a standard of how to play every week regardless of how many days you had to rest. I thought our guys did a pretty good job. They prepared professionally in a sense that they got their work done, and they knew about Southeast Missouri and what they would bring. That was the big thing for me.”

On Their Approach ...

“I think you are always trying to combat the issues that might come up with young guys and you have a tendency when things go real well to kind of coast a little bit. I try to create an atmosphere that had a little bit of adversity in it. I was a bit grouchy this week, and I think it worked.”

On Special Teams ...

“Well, it is a different team than last year’s team. I don’t know if I would use the word special. These kids are really close to each other. They are really close. Special to me is winning every game, and that would be special. So we have won two games. I’ll tell you whether they are special or not at the end of the year. I think Mardy was trying to say that this team is a lot closer than last year.”

On The Outcome ...

“I’m cognizant of the fact that we were superior in terms of athletes and you never want to go over the top when it comes to playing this game. I knew to let Zach throw the ball a couple of times, and after that it was, managing it. If we score running the ball, I can’t control it. I’m very fortunate as a head football coach, to have been in a number of these situations. You are always trying to make sure respect is given for your opponent and you do it the right way. I have always tried to do that.”

On Mardy’s Scores ...

“He could throw a pass. There is a possibility of it. It is in part of our offense structure. I wasn’t going to let him hit that cycle tonight.”

On Oregon State ...

“We are looking forward to challenging our football team. Going out west and playing a top 20 team. Than coming back next week and playing a very good Fresno State team. I think these next couple weeks will really challenge our team.”

On Jacob Ramsey ...

“He’s a little bit more explosive. He has trained and worked really hard for his opportunity. It has been a very competitive one. Pead and Johnson have really challenged him. He is a better runner in our system. Last year was really his first year playing. We played four running backs in my first year, and he wasn’t one of them. I think it is more about being more comfortable and accustomed to the offense.”

On The Defense ...

“I thought the second half we played much better. I thought we were a little soft at times in the first half. Coach Diaco wasn’t happy with them and he was spirited with them. I think they responded at the level they needed to. I think our front seven is very solid. We are going to limit you rushing the football. Aaron Webster was a fixture in the rushing spot. That is a goods pot for us in the future.”

Player Quotes

Aaron Webster, Sr., DB

On  the Defense...

 “Potentially we could be very good. We are still young and trying to figure out how to play together. The sky is the limit for us. We are always trying to improve. We go back tomorrow and look at the game and improve what we did against Southeast Missouri.”

Tony Pike, Sr., QB

On Playing Southeast Missouri ...

“I think the biggest thing for us was getting out here and lock in. We didn’t have a day off, we came back and practiced. We can’t take any team lightly. They put up a lot of points last game. We knew it wasn’t a team we could just roll over.”

On Passing to Gilyard ...

“It puts pressure on any defense you play against. The biggest thing it will start is our other receivers will step up. Teams will have to put up more pressure on him. He’s a guy that as a quarterback you like to throw to him.

On Being in Southeast Missouri’s Shoes ...

“I took a 55 to 20 my senior year in high school. It is rough. It is hard because the other team’s offense is putting up points at will, and your offense is struggling. You have to keep playing and fighting. They never quit, and going into their schedule, a big win and than playing us here, they will learn a lot from their film.”

On Jacob Ramsey ...

“He is a guy that keeps fighting. Coming in his senior year, we have a talent group of running backs. He is splitting time with two other guys, and when we get Goebel back, we have three. He is always getting the guys up and letting them know we need to step it up. It is great to have a leader in the back of our line. I think the biggest thing is his confidence is going. He had success early, and the last two games he has his confidence back.”

Andre Revels, Sr., LB

On Getting Comfortable...

“We just have to communicate. We need to be able to look to the person next to us and know where they will be. That is on us.”

On Golden Football ...

I’m glad you asked. It goes to the top ball disrupter. Cousin over here (Aaron Webster) had it this week and we kept it up in the family.”

On Winning By Big Margin ...

“Every game is fun to play. Wins don’t come easy no matter what the score. We have to come out and play.”

Jeff Linkenbach, Sr., OL

On  Younger  Guys ...

“At times, we looked good. They looked good. It is good to get real game experience and get your future guys some reps.”

Southeast Missouri State Head Coach Tony Samuel

On Mardy Gilyard’s punt return…

“He did a nice job. We didn’t want to kick to him, but on that first play we got a little rushed and it went right to him. Once I saw him catch the ball, I knew that was it. He’s a great football player, and this is a great team.”

On how to slow UC’s offense…

“They do some good things. It’s a good, precise offense, and Pike, in particular does some things really well.  Gilyard’s all over the place and they’ve got a couple other good receivers. They’re definitely very precise.”

On playing a lot of different SEMO players…

“We used them all. We played a lot of people in the second half, which was good. A lot of the guys were able to get some experience, so hopefully that will help us in the future.”

On SEMO’s next opponent, Eastern Illinois…

“Eastern Illinois is playing great, and it’s a conference game, so it’s important to come in playing well. We’ll get back, watch some film, and get out and run a little bit. All our goals for this season are still in place, and our guys know that.”

On Cincinnati playing in the Big East…

“They have a good high-scoring offense, so they’re definitely going to see success in the Big East. I’m sure there will be some people who give them a nice run for their money, but they’re definitely a very good football team.”