Quotes After Tennessee's 16-14 Loss To LSU On Saturday

Saturday, October 02, 2010 - by special report to The Chattanoogan

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Quotes after Tennessee's 16-14 SEC loss on Saturday at LSU.

LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES QUOTES

Opening statement…

“I don’t know that we can play any sloppier. I don’t know if we could have planned it any
poorer. I think we are a very talented team. I don’t think we played near to our capacities. The
series of downs in the back end of that game was embarrassing to me. I can only tell you that as
it played out to me it was a first-and-goal at the two (yard line). We call two plays. We threw a
pass. It was incomplete. We feel like we have an advantage in our goal-line personnel. We send in our goal-line personnel. The mistake was made right there. We should have called two plays
with our goal-line personnel so we would have gotten two plays, or we should have called the run and the clock. That’s what should have been called, but that’s not what happened. What happened is we send that one in without the second play call. Goal-line personnel down on the goal line is awkward at times to get it all right because we substitute tackles, and we substitute a number of people.

“We wanted to throw a ball out of a one-back personnel, so we busted our behind to get it substituted, get it called and then had a very difficult time getting it snapped. The good news is we get it snapped. The snap goes off the fingers. It’s a miserable feeling. Certainly I’m sick, but with the flag, the reason they have a difficult time is they have 13 guys on the field because they
have substituted against our goal-line personnel, and we go back to three wides. They can’t get
their guys off the field. Certainly we would’ve liked to have had our plays more organized and in the comfort of call. That’s not what happened. Now, the final play, again was one of those goalline plays where we felt like we had an advantage, and we win.

“Our football team is a great group of guys, and they played like hell. We, the coaches, have to give them the best plan. It’s difficult, I can tell you, to operate offensively with all of the multiple personnel. I think we have to reduce the personnel some. That may help us, but we are trying to use our talent as it would benefit us. We cannot throw picks. We cannot turn the ball over. We
cannot have penalties in key situations. The excesses of mistakes are controlled by the play that
we had in the first four games. The first four games were lack of offense and oh, here we go and
not as many yards throwing but not as many mistakes, so what we have to do is come to some
resolution there. We have to throw it better, and we cannot have those mistakes. We will not win,
but I’m going to tell you something. Let’s say it the way it is. (Quarterback) Jarrett Lee comes
back in, fights like a dog in his stadium and wins the game. Let’s say it that (running back)
Stevan Ridley played with courage and gut. Let me tell you that (defensive end) Sam Montgomery will not play next week because he’s injured. He got chop-blocked, so there are
guys who go out there and fight like hell for us at risk of injury. It makes everything more important. It makes it more important to me; it makes it more important to this team. I like this team. I think this team will come together. I think this team will force out some of the fat and get
to the leaner meat and at least, that’s how I hope it goes.”

LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

QB Jordan Jefferson

On his emotions at the end of the game …

“It is a great feeling to be victorious. I am just glad that we got that second opportunity to put it
in the endzone. Stevan Ridley did a great job of punching it in.”

On the confusion surrounding the end of the game …

“There was a lot of noise, and coaches couldn’t hear on the headsets. At the last second we
finally got the play in and as time was winding down, the center snapped the ball. I leaned
toward my right side and couldn’t get it, and I thought the game was over. Once I found out that
there was a penalty on the play, I just knew right then and there that we were going to punch it in
the endzone this time.”

QB Jarrett Lee

On his interception in the endzone …
I threw it short, and the linebacker made a great play on it. It was my fault. I needed to put it out
there where Stevan Ridley could make a play on it. I threw it short. It was just a bad throw.”

On his ability to distribute the ball well to the receivers …

“When your opportunity comes, you
need to make the most of it. We have playmakers and we
just need to get them the ball. Our coaches had a great game plan and I just had to get them the
ball.”

On whether he feels like he should start next week vs. Florida …
“I just try to come and make the best of it. Hopefully it works out. I just have to trust in the
coaches and keep preparing every week.”

On the plays at the end of the game …

“We just put the best players that we can into the game. We felt like those are the players that
Jordan needed to go in. We wanted to have a change of pace and get in there and run the ball and
try to get into the endzone. Jordan did a great job and we got a victory.”

LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

LB Kelvin Sheppard

On the end of the game…

“I had the sickest feeling I’ve ever had in my life after the first series of events because it
is my senior season. Just to see it all almost go away like that would have been pretty
bad. Then they came back, told us the situation that was going on, and I knew Stevan
Ridley was going to get the ball in. I was just down on my knees waiting for the ref to
throw his hands up for the touchdown.”
On Tennessee’s performance…

“I fully understand the University of Tennessee. They came out and played a good ball
game today. If you look at their films previous, they played their best game ever. They
probably could have just about beaten anyone in the country today. The feeling they have
right now, I never want to feel that.”

CB Patrick Peterson

On Jordan Jefferson’s and Jarrett Lee’s personalities and performances this evening…

“Jordan is my roommate, I get to see
him every day and every night. I think those guys
made a huge contribution to this victory. When Jarrett Lee came in, he was driving the
offense down the field, giving the ball to Terrence Toliver, making a key quarterback
diversion. Jordan Jefferson had 100 yards rushing in the first quarter. Those guys did a
great job tonight.”

TENNESSEE HEAD COACH DEREK DOOLEY QUOTES

Opening Statement …

“Well, I am proud of our football team. I don’t know if I have ever had a loss like that. I guess
we will get right to the last play. They changed personnel and ran a bunch of guys on the field.
The rules are (the referee) should stand over the ball and give us a chance to substitute. I am
going to have to look at the film and see if that was the case. It was a lot of chaos. Things
happened fast and guys didn’t run off the field. The ball was snapped pretty quickly, and so we
lose the game. I don’t know what else to say.”

On if the time to substitute was the problem …

“We obviously had too many men on the field. We had some issues with getting time to change
personnel because we were complaining about it earlier. Our character is going to get tested
more this week than it did the four quarters out (on the field), and I told the team that. This is
hard and sometimes things happen in life that you don’t understand and sometimes things happen
in life that you don’t think is fair, but you have to deal with it. That is where we are. We lost the
game any way you look at it.”

On if he expected LSU to substitute on the last play …

“Yes, but the rule is when they run guys on we have to have adequate time to run guys off. It is a
rule in college football, so you can’t go out there and do that. I guess (the referees) did that; they
gave us time.”

On what he told the team after the game …

“I told them I was proud of them and that their character was going to get tested more than it
would ever get tested. That is a great lesson in life. Sometimes you do everything right and
things don’t go your way. All you can do is move on. That is what we’re going to do. We’re
going to mourn over it for 24 hours, and we have to look ahead because we have another tough
one next week. It is a hard one. I have never hurt like this before.”

On how well the team handled adversity during the game …

“Our guys fought and fought. That is a heck of a football team we played. They are talented and
they have guys everywhere. Their defense is unbelievable. We played great on special teams, we
got turnovers and every time things went bad we kept sticking with it. It was a great football
game, and I am proud of the kids.”


TENNESSEE OFFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

QB Matt Simms

On his emotions on the game…

“It was tough to experience both sides of emotions in a matter of 10 seconds. It’s
tough, I’m not going to lie I am really upset about it. The team is really upset about it.
We can’t let this hinder the rest of the season. We need to fight for the rest of the
year. We let one slip away right there. We had a chance to beat a really good football
team in their house, and they know that. They know that we beat them at every
phase of the game. Our goal for the rest of the year is to show everyone that we are a
contender in this conference.”

On QB runs…

“This is a tough game. This is why men play. We thought that was something we
could take advantage of. I was happy the play was called in the red zone because I
felt I should have scored on the time before. I can take abuse and I can take big hits.
This is football and that is why I play this game.”

WR Gerald Jones

On his play in the game…

“The game was very physical. I wasn’t worried about my hand. I felt we were very
close to making a big play. They were running a lot of man to man, and I felt that I
was beating my man consistently. They were blitzing and hitting us from every
angle. We couldn’t get the ball out, and we couldn’t protect Matt (Simms).”

On QB Matt Simms taking hits…

“After the second sack I came to the offensive line and told them, ‘your job is to
protect the QB, and ask yourself if you are doing your job.’ I talked to the running
backs as well because they need to help out the offensive line. The line is young, but
they are five games into the season.”

TENNESSEE DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES

DB Prentiss Waggner

On the last play of the game…
“On the last play I knew we were in man coverage. I was focused on my man and I
thought the game was over. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I think we had 12 men on the
field. It’s a tough loss, and we’re going to have to overcome this.”

On the confusion at the end off the game…

“We were in goal line package and three receivers came on. I ran onto to the field
screaming base (package). I thought we had the right personnel out there, but
unfortunately we didn’t.”

LB LaMarcus Thompson

On the end of the game…

“When I saw Jefferson fumble the snap, the emotion of happiness and the feeling of
winning at the last second took over. When the win is stripped from you, or it feels
like it was stripped from us, it is worse than losing. Ten times worse. We just have to
build on it and keep getting at it.”
On communicating with the younger players about the loss…
“I just have to lead by example. I’ve got to come next week ready to work hard. This
is a learning experience, and sometimes this happens. It is unfortunate that we
didn’t get the win, but we’re building off of this. We’re going to keep playing good
ball.”

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


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