Sunday, November 06, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Football Players Stephen Johnson, Benny Snell Jr., Marcus McWilson, Boom Williams, Dorian Baker Post-Georgia Press Conference Comments

Stephen Johnson, Junior, QB


On turnovers …
“We knew that it was going to come down to who had the least amount of turnovers. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game between both teams. We knew we had to protect the ball and we didn’t do that tonight. We had some really good plays.”

On what he saw on the throw to Dorian Baker in the end zone …
“I saw press-man coverage on the outside. I just knew that he was going to beat him. I just need to put that ball there with less air and put it where he can catch it and where the defensive back can’t get a hand on it.”

On the deep ball that bounced off Jeff Badet’s hands for an interception …
“I really didn’t see it. I just threw it and saw him go to catch it. I didn’t see the end result. I saw it on the big screen. I told him I’m going to keep coming to him. He made one mistake. That’s not going to change anything. I told him to keep his head up.”

On losing on a field goal vs. winning off one and the learning experience from the game …
“They had the ball last. We just need to start working on Monday. We can’t dwell on this. We face a good team next week and we’ll have to fight to win that one.”

Benny Snell Jr., Freshman, RB

 
On what allows him to be powerful on the run and carry the team at times …
“This group of guys that I’m surrounded by, I love them to death. I just try to play hard. I want to get the first down and win the game.”
 
On where the team will go from here …
“We’re just going to keep growing like we do each week. We came up short this week. We’re going to fix our mistakes, throw it behind us and keep it moving.”
 
On if he hears any of the opposing players say anything when he has a successful drive or run …
“I hear them arguing and blaming it on one another. I’m playing football. I just keep it moving.”
 
On if he gets tired running the ball on opposing defenses so much …
“No, sir. I don’t.”

Marcus McWilson, Senior, S


On if the defense got tired after being on the field so much …
“We were on the field a lot but it’s no excuse to be tired. You got to have the will power. You got to be willing to fight through when you’re tired through the adversity. I mean, I’m sure their guys were tired too, but yet they had long drives, extended drives, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to give them anything easy.”

On how they will respond going on the road next week …
“It’s a road game but were all playing on the same field so it’s anybody’s game. Like I said before, 50 percent of the teams lose on Saturday.”


Boom Williams, Junior, RB


On losing after coming off of strong wins …
“It sucks very badly, especially when you lose to a last-second field goal. It is probably one of the worst ways you can lose besides a Hail Mary at the end of a game.”

On what the team will take from this loss …
“Just got to keep playing. Three games ahead of us. Strong Tennessee (team) next week so we just have to come out, practice well and prepare well, and play a good game against a Tennessee team in their stadium, which we knew is going to be very hard. So we have to do what we do and be able to make plays.” 

On if they knew Florida had lost and possibly moving up in the SEC standings …
“Yeah, I think everybody was very aware. I think that we just came up short and then missed some critical plays that could’ve turned the whole game around. So that’s what happens when you don’t make those routine plays against a good team like Georgia. It comes back to bite you in the end.”

Dorian Baker, Junior, WR

 
On being over the hurdle this season …
“This was just a big opportunity for us to capitalize on the situation given to us. For us to fall short today was just – it kind of grounded us a little bit and it will just allow us to come back and get ready to work.” 

On picking up the pieces of the loss …
“The pieces are there. We just have to learn how to finish. We were up the whole game and we just keep thinking there are ways to get better and we have to keep gashing it down and gashing and gashing and not let up. Even though we were winning, still, it’s possible that they can come back, and they did. So they did and got the win, so congratulations to them. We just have to come back and work harder.” 

On if it’s attitude or simple mistakes costing the game…
“Just a lot of mistakes. Not a lot of mistakes, but little mistakes that that were really big at the end of the game, in the game, towards the end of the game. Everything adds up.”

On being of the losing side of a game …
“Being on the other side of that, it hurts. It hurts deeply and it’s just because you sit there and you watch the time go down and you know that they are going to kick the field goal. So, we are just – it hurts. It hurts and you have to take your time and think about what is going on and what you could’ve done wrong and what you could’ve done better. So it’s painful.”

On having the fade pass attempt to him at the end of the game … 
“I didn’t know how close I was to out of bounds until the ball was in the air. I think that was a big play there but I knew that if I did catch it, I would be out of bounds anyways. So, it doesn’t hurt to put your hand in and make the tip (and try to catch it).”

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