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Post Game Quotes




Oct. 22, 2011

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Southern Miss Head Coach Larry Fedora
Opening Statement...
"That was a great team win tonight. I was really proud of the way our football team played. We turned it over a couple times in the red zone offensively. We moved the ball the entire night. We just didn't make any big plays until Jamal's (Woodyard) big play in the fourth quarter, which was huge. Defensively, we played well all night. We were all over the place. Our guys kept the quarterback out of his rhythm. They hit us with a couple draws a couple times where we were outnumbered. Other than that, I thought we were really in great shape defensively the entire night.

Special teams were really solid all the way through. Our coverage units did a real nice job. We were worried about that after their game next week. Unfortunately, we didn't return one for a touchdown, which we thought we would do."

On the defensive...
"I'll tell you this. Our defensive has a lot of confidence right now. They're really playing well together. They're doing whatever it takes. I can promise you, when we turn the ball over a couple times, they never blink. They just go out there with the sudden change and say Let's Roll. I'm really proud of the way those guys played."

On Marquese Wheaton...
"I told him during that week that he would at least have one pick during the game. I saw it, just on a different play. He just happened to turn two of them. But I did see him returning one for a touchdown. We talked about that during the week, and he did."

On Jamal Woodyard...
"(His play) was huge. If you noticed, there were times where there wasn't much there and he was getting four and five yards. He was spinning off of guys and making plays. That's what he has to be able to do for us. That was a heck of a night for him. He had over 100 yards."

On the defensive game plan entering the game...
"Defensively, the things that our guys felt like we had to do was, one, stop the run. Other than the couple of draws that we gave up, we did a good job of that. Then we had to be great tacklers in space, and I thought we did that. Then it was getting their quarterback out of a rhythm. I thought we did a good job of harassing him all night."

Quarterback Austin Davis
On the overall game...
"Coming in, I knew they had a good offense but I thought our defense would step up. They played a heck of a game. My hats off to them. Huge win for us.

On Woodyard's 55-yard run...
"In third and medium, we're not always going to throw. We'll mix it up and run a little bit. We just ran our normal toss and guys did a good job blocking and he did the rest. We needed that. It was a really big score for us."

On the play of the offense...
"I thought we moved the ball really well. If you take away the interception and fumble in the red zone, and we score there, it becomes a really big offensive night. I know we moved the ball. We held the ball. We'll clean up the mistakes. We didn't have to do a whole lot tonight though. Our defense was exceptional."

On the play of the defense...
"That's probably a good as they have played since I've been here. They've had some good games but SMU just had a really explosive offense. We thought coming into the game was that they were going to score some points. That's probably as well as they've played."

On the type of win the game was...
"We knew it would be a hard fought win. It's a good win for us. SMU has a really good football team. We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight. Like you said, 13-3 there in the fourth it could kind of go either way. We kind of blew it open late to get a good win. This is going to keep the momentum going."

On the conference race...
"We have to take it all one game at a time. We're getting ready for UTEP now on the road. We've got to be ready to play."

Linebacker Jeremy Snowden
On how satisfy the win is...
"Well, all week we were hearing about how good their offense was, how tough their runningback is, how he leads the conference in rushing, we just had to be focused all week on defense. I felt like everyone did a good job of coming out and playing smart, fast and physical."

On the gameplan...
"Each week, the biggest plan is to stop the run. We felt like we had to get after the quarterback, not let him sit in the pocket and pick us apart. I feel like guys like Cordarro Law, Jamie Collins and Ronnie Thornton were in his face all night."

On the attitude in the huddle after the two long draw plays...
"Coach Disch is always keeping us up. It's all about never hanging your head, never giving up. If you can make them snap it one more time, you have a chance. They busted a long run then guys tackled him. I think two plays later we got the interception in the end zone. It was really the turning point in the game."

Linebacker Ronnie Thornton
On the play of the defense against a strong offensive team...
"Coming into the game, we knew we would have a pretty good challenge up against us with their offense. We knew they had some playmakers that could make plays after the catch. We just came together as a defense."

On the play of cornerback Marquese Wheaton...
"He's always in the film room. Studying tendencies of offenses, the receivers in particular. When an offense does a certain shift or alignment, he studies it so well that he puts himself in a position to make plays. He did it again tonight."

Running back Jamal Woodyard
On his 55-yard touchdown run...
"When coach called the play, (receiver) Ryan Balentine came up and told me he was going to cut that cornerback. He told me to just cut off that and did exactly that and it was wide open. I just hit the hole full speed."

On the flow of the offense...
"I think we did good. Coach always tells us the only thing that can stop us is ourselves. We had a fumble and interception but other than that, we did pretty good."

Cornerback Marquese Wheaton
On his first interception...
"Before we came out for that play, I told Jerrion Johnson that if they go in motion and come back, I have a pretty good idea of what they are trying to run. I said I was going to leave my guy and try to make a play on the ball. He didn't feel comfortable with it but it worked out. Film study allowed that to happen."

On which interception felt more gratifying...
"They are all the same to me. A pick is the same as a tackle to me. If you ask the team, I'm not a big stats guy. I'm just worried about being the starting corner for a championship team. That's good enough for me."

On how he got his nickname "Big Play"...
"I told (Sports Information Director) Jack Duggan during camp like, "Hey man, let's get some interviews! I'm making plays. Call me Big Play out here." And he kept saying he was working on it so I guess the name just stuck."

On how much time he studies film...
"Whenever I have free time, really. I have nothing else to do at home. You get out of school, get out of study hall, what am I going to do? Play video games? I just figure I'll stay at school and try to get a jump. Before I came here, I kept hearing a bad reputation about the defensive backs, so me and (cornerback Deron Wilson) said we were going to get everyone in the film room and we would put the team on our back. We're going to show the team we were going to play a big role in the victories."

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