Quotes from Saban, players after Alabama's 45-10 win over Tennes - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Quotes from Saban, players after Alabama's 45-10 win over Tennessee

Posted: Updated:
Alabama defensive back Landon Collins talks to the media about his interception return for a touchdown in the Crimson Tide's 45-10 win over Tennessee, Saturday, October 26, 2013. (abc3340.com) Alabama defensive back Landon Collins talks to the media about his interception return for a touchdown in the Crimson Tide's 45-10 win over Tennessee, Saturday, October 26, 2013. (abc3340.com)
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • Recap, stats: No. 1 Alabama romps Tennessee 45-10

    Recap, stats: No. 1 Alabama romps Tennessee 45-10

    Saturday, October 26 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-10-26 23:35:08 GMT
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 1 Alabama continue to roll along with a 45-10 victory over TennesseeMore >>
    T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 1 Alabama continue to roll along with a 45-10 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.More >>

Quotes from Alabama and Tennessee head coaches and players after the Crimson Tide's 45-10 victory over the Volunteers Saturday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Opening statement:

"I'm really happy, our players are really happy, and I hope our fans are really happy. I certainly appreciated our fans today. They stayed for the game and did a great job of supporting our team. It was a great atmosphere for our players to play in. This is a 110 year old rivalry that means a lot to a lot of people in the state of Alabama. I'm very proud of the job that the players and the coached did. We played especially well in the first half.

"Coach [Butch] Jones is doing a really nice job following the hard work that Derek Dooley did at Tennessee, and we have a lot of respect for their players and their program. This was a tough, physical, competitive game, and I've been really pleased with the way the guys have come out the past four games that we've played and get off to a really good start. We played physical, played with a lot of toughness, and we knew Tennessee was the kind of team that could play with anybody in the country. We challenged our guys to prove who we were, and how we can play against them.

"You get defined by what you do every week. It's going to important for us to be able to focus on this bye week to try and improve and to try and get more players to play winning football. Certainly, in this time of the year when you start getting guys injured and banged up, you lose a few guys and it creates an opportunity for a lot of other people. I was especially pleased with the way some of those guys stepped up today and played really well for us and we really just need to get better week to week.

"We've got some big challenges and some stiff competition against some very good teams coming up here. This bye week comes at a really good time for us. We've got a lot of guys nicked up, could use the rest, and also use the time to help some of our players improve. That's going to be our focus for this week.

"Brandon Ivory did not play in this game for medical reasons. Jalston Fowler had a concussion in the first half and did not come back in the game. I don't think we have any other physical issues.

"I want to say again how proud and how pleased with how our guys came out and competed in the first half of this game. We didn't play great in the second half, but I was really pleased with the way we pretty much came out and dominated the first half. We stopped ourselves one time by fumbling the ball on the one yard line. We had a couple turnovers on defense. We had an interception that Landon (Collins) made a great play on and ran it back for a touchdown, so I guess it all kind of balances out. I can't tell you how proud I am of the way our players competed in this game and it was a great job by our coaches."

Alabama WR Christion Jones

On special teams:

"Our coaches do a great job during practice each week preparing us for the special teams and even in our offensive scheme. Our guys did a great job in practicing for special teams because one thing that we do take advantage of is our special teams unit and how good we are on special teams. Whether it is kickoff, kickoff return, punt return, we do a great job in practice. I think our guys put 110 percent into any scheme that we have on the kick return. Some of it is instincts and making things happen. Our guys also do a great job up front blocking."

On returning kicks:

"We have a lot of scheme plays that we do - two or three scheme plays that we call on our returns. A lot of it is reading. Even though you can practice four days out of the week, it might not go that way in the game. Some of it is instincts and taking things out of the play and being ready to go however it comes out and being able to take advantage of whatever they give you."

Alabama DB Landon Collins

On the interception return:

"I knew he was going out, so I read the break and broke on the ball towards the wide receiver and caught the pick. He threw it right to me. After that it was to the house because I didn't see anyone in front of me but my linemen. After we got the last block on the quarterback, that was it."

On the week's motivation:

"It's just constantly practicing and constantly knowing our jobs and doing it to perfection. That's what we did when we stepped out on the field, and that's all we do is work and work and keep grinding until we know that we can shut anybody down like we did today."

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones

Opening statement:

"We probably played our worst half of football that we have played all year. Some of it was due to the quality of our opponent. Some of it was self-inflicted wounds. We talked about having to start fast. We gave up a long kickoff return, then they scored. Third down we fell over and gave up a big play. Everything had a snowball effect.

The next step in the evolution of our football program and football team is to learn how to win on the road. When you play on the road, you are responsible for creating your own momentum and opportunities. Obviously, we did not do that in any way, shape or form in the first half. That is very disappointing.

In the second half, I thought our players showed grit and fight, but we just didn't play winning football in all areas. We had dropped passes. We lost leverage in a football place. Lost leverage can be caused by playing a good defense. In a lot ways, we would lose leverage on football plays and they would lead to big football plays.

Our team is very prideful. This football program is prideful, but we will come back. Alabama is a very good football team. I did not think we played very well today."

Tennessee DE Corey Miller

On if Tennessee was worried coming into the game:

"We weren't worried at all. We started slow as a team, and in the second half we came out and played Tennessee football. We've just got to lineup and start fast."

On if playing in a hostile environment affected Tennessee:

"It shouldn't have been something that affected us. We practiced all week with two speakers with lots of noise and things of that nature. It shouldn't have been any kind of issue for us."

Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson

On his thoughts on tonight's outcome:

"It hurts. You hate to take a loss like that, especially coming off a high like we did last week. We've just got to be very critical of ourselves while watching the film and very critical of ourselves during practice next week.  Coach (Butch Jones) talks about a `snap it clear' mentality, so what have to snap it clear right now and get ready for a big challenge next week."

On if Alabama did anything that they did not expect:

"From watching the film, we got everything that we expected. Offensively, we were able to protect the quarterback pretty well.  We weren't able to put together good drives and they had the ball a really long time. Like I said, we just have to snap it clear and come back next week."

Source:  Alabama Athletics via www.rolltide.com

  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • ABI investigate shooting

    ABI investigate shooting

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:11:58 GMT
    Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of Papa Sias Sports Grille. Helena and Pelham police were on the scene around 8:30 Saturday. More >>
    Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of Papa Sias Sports Grille. Helena and Pelham police were on the scene around 8:30 Saturday. More >>
  • Fairfield police: burned body dumped at house, crime committed elsewhere

    Fairfield police: burned body dumped at house, crime committed elsewhere

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:02:53 GMT
    The burned body found in a the backyard of a Fairfield house has not been identified. But police say it was a woman. They also believe there is another crime scene.More >>
    The burned body found in a the backyard of a Fairfield house has not been identified. But police say it was a woman. They also believe there is another crime scene.More >>
  • Local mom ready for Boston Marathon

    Local mom ready for Boston Marathon

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:57:02 GMT
    Birmingham - Runners are gearing up for the Boston Marathon Monday. Despite last year's bombings, there was a surge in entries for this year's race. ABC 33/40 caught up with a mother of four leaving Sunday to fulfill her dream. The images we won't forget. "It was just complete shock and just sadness that someone would use that platform to be destructive." Lisa Booher will be running in this year's Boston Marathon hoping to carry on a message that so many others also want to share. Booher says...More >>
    Birmingham - Runners are gearing up for the Boston Marathon Monday. Despite last year's bombings, there was a surge in entries for this year's race. ABC 33/40 caught up with a mother of four leaving Sunday to fulfill her dream. The images we won't forget. "It was just complete shock and just sadness that someone would use that platform to be destructive." Lisa Booher will be running in this year's Boston Marathon hoping to carry on a message that so many others also want to share. Booher says...More >>
  • Police believe former student is behind threat at UNA

    Police believe former student is behind threat at UNA

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:56:20 GMT
    University of North Alabama police say that 22-year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison, Alabama surrendered to police on Friday. Police say Mitchell is behind a message posted on social media site, Yik Yak,More >>
    University of North Alabama police say that 22-year-old from of Madison, Alabama surrendered to police on Friday.More >>
  • Civil War movie "Union" filming in Montevallo

    Civil War movie "Union" filming in Montevallo

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:54:35 GMT
    An independent film crew is in Montevallo this weekend to shoot scenes for an upcoming feature.The movie is titled "Union" and is about a "female" confederate soldier in the civil war.Whitney Hamilton wrote the screenplay. She said she wrote a play about a decade ago that told the story of Joan of Arc, and wanted to write another script about some female combatants from the United States.She researched the subject and learned more than 400 women disguised themselves as men during the Civil Wa...More >>
    An independent film crew is in Montevallo this weekend to shoot scenes for an upcoming feature.The movie is titled "Union" and is about a "female" confederate soldier in the civil war.Whitney Hamilton wrote the screenplay. She said she wrote a play about a decade ago that told the story of Joan of Arc, and wanted to write another script about some female combatants from the United States.She researched the subject and learned more than 400 women disguised themselves as men during the Civil Wa...More >>
  • UNA social media threat suspect turns himself in

    UNA social media threat suspect turns himself in

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:54:13 GMT
    One student turns himself into the University of North Alabama police after a threat on the social media app “yik yak”. Police say the online threat was aimed at the University.Brian Mitchell, 22, turned himself in and now faces terrorist threat charges. Police say Mitchell posted that he was going to "shoot up UNA". Police worked with "yik yak" to track Mitchell down, that's when he admitted that he posted the threat and stated he would turn himself in. Mitchell will now have to face the uni...More >>
    One student turns himself into the University of North Alabama police after a threat on the social media app “yik yak”. Police say the online threat was aimed at the University.Brian Mitchell, 22, turned himself in and now faces terrorist threat charges. Police say Mitchell posted that he was going to "shoot up UNA". Police worked with "yik yak" to track Mitchell down, that's when he admitted that he posted the threat and stated he would turn himself in. Mitchell will now have to face the uni...More >>
  • Police shoot and wound a man outside a Helena restaurant

    Police shoot and wound a man outside a Helena restaurant

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:53:20 GMT
    Helena police shot and wounded a man last night in the parking lot of Papa Saia's Sports Grille. Officers were called to the restaurant after receiving reports of a man brandishing a gun. Helena Detective Sgt. Chris Rollan says no one in the restaurant was in any danger. The incident apparently began as a domestic dispute and escalated when officers arrived. Pelham police also responded to assist. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment. The investigation has been turned over to t...More >>
    Helena police shot and wounded a man last night in the parking lot of Papa Saia's Sports Grille. Officers were called to the restaurant after receiving reports of a man brandishing a gun. Helena Detective Sgt. Chris Rollan says no one in the restaurant was in any danger. The incident apparently began as a domestic dispute and escalated when officers arrived. Pelham police also responded to assist. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment. The investigation has been turned over to t...More >>
  • Burned Body Found In Fairfield

    Burned Body Found In Fairfield

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:52:58 GMT
    Police are conducting a death investigation after a burned body was found in the 500 block of 40th St. in Fairfield.Witnesses say the body was found in the backyard of a vacant home. There was a burned area in one spot of the grass behind the house and the back door was open. Police have yet to identify the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.More >>
    Police are conducting a death investigation after a burned body was found in the 500 block of 40th St. in Fairfield.Witnesses say the body was found in the backyard of a vacant home. There was a burned area in one spot of the grass behind the house and the back door was open. Police have yet to identify the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.More >>