Saturday, December 31, 2016

Transcript: UK Football Players Derrick Baity, Dorian Baker, Jordan Jones, Stephen Johnson, Stanley “Boom” Williams Post UK 18 vs Georgia Tech 33 TaxSlayer Bowl Comments 12/31/16

#29 Derrick Baity, CB, Jr. 

On the first bowl game experience and getting caught in the moment … 

“Some players were freaked out a little bit and we tried to freestyle it and it didn’t help the team, so they got five yards a pop, six yards a pop.” 

On how he would rate the team’s discipline level … 
“On a scale of one to 10, I would give us like a seven. If you look at the first half of the game, they blocked a ball and that gave them momentum so they just gained that momentum. I would say we were about a seven out of 10.”

On not being able to come up with one of the fumbles … 
“It was really frustrating because turnovers are key for us. We would have gotten the ball back to the offense and gave them a chance to score, but their (fumbles) bounced right back to them and ours bounced right to them, too. It was just frustrating. They won the turnover battle and they won the game.”

#2 Dorian Baker, WR, Jr.

On the main reason in his eyes for the loss … 

“We just had to take the opportunities that were given to us and we didn’t capitalize when we needed to do.”

On the future of Kentucky football … 
“I’m excited for it. For me, obviously I missed half of the season, but for everybody else they did a good job of maintaining and filling in the spots and I’m proud of the team of overcoming a lot of things and getting as far as we did. We started off the season 0-2 and a lot of people didn’t think we’d turn out like we did, so I’m proud of the team.”

On his year overall and how he looks to use this as a booster for 2017 … 
“I just have to take it on the chin. It’s a learning lesson. Everybody had their first bowl game here at Kentucky, so I’m proud of everybody for getting as far as they did.”

#34 Jordan Jones, LB, So.

On what the team takes from this game … 

“I think we came a long way this season. The loss (is disappointing), obviously, but you learn from a loss. I think we are becoming a better team and this is going to make us a better team for next year.”

On if getting to a bowl gives him incentive to work even harder in the offseason … 
“Especially losing a bowl game. We have a lot of work to do, and it starts right away when we get back. I remember last year right when we lost that Louisville game, we got right back to it. If we get right back to it when we get back, the only way we can go is up.”

On when things began to click for him this season … 
“I never feel good (about my play). I’m always self-conscious. Like today, I missed two or three tackles. I think I played bad and had a bad game. I guess it just makes you a better player.”

#15 Stephen Johnson, QB, Jr. 

On his fumble in the first quarter…

“It was just me not holding on to the ball. If I just hold on to the ball we’re not down 10 points like that. I tried to pull it up. I had the ball extended away from my body which I shouldn’t do and they hit it out from me.”

On Georgia Tech’s pressure…
“They have a lot of fast guys so they were able to get around the edges a little quicker but overall the protection wasn’t that bad. Some of the throws I needed to throw earlier.”

On having to go more to the air after Georgia Tech stopped the run…
“They started going to more of a 3-man front instead of a 4-man front and dropping eight guys. Their offense controlled the ball a lot of the time too so it really put us behind in time, as well.”

On what he saw on his scramble for a touchdown … 
“My first read was the post, which was covered. The other guy was double-covered, so I tried to take off and Ryan Timmons made a great block for me to get to the outside to punch it in for the touchdown.”

On how much the game changed on the failed fourth down … 
“That just takes points off the board for us. We kind of lined up in the wrong formation – a few things went wrong on that play. If we get that first down, we get more points on the board.”

#18 Stanley “Boom” Williams, RB, Jr. 

On declaring for the NFL draft…

“There were a lot of things that played into that (decision). Me and my family talked last night, just finalized the decision last night and told Coach Stoops after the game. It wasn’t an easy decision; it was very tough. I was stuck in a hard place in whether I wanted to come back or whether I wanted to leave. At the end of the day, we came to the decision to leave for the NFL.”

On his three years at Kentucky…
“They’ve been great. First two years, we were 5-7 and this year going 7-6 and being able to experience this moment with my teammates and everyone has been great. All I can say is ‘thank you’ to the fans, Coach Stoops, Mr. Barnhart, Dr. Capilouto for all of their support.”

The fans and what they mean to him…
“The fans mean a lot to me. They’ve shown me the love since the day I committed to the program and I stepped on the field to play for Coach Stoops. I’ll always love the fan base, the BBN has the best fans in the nation and I’ll certainly miss the fans. I love Kentucky and I’ll always bleed blue.”

On Mark Stoops…
“He’s a good guy, man. He’s done a lot for me ever since I’ve been here. I don’t think many people get to see him as a person, they always just see him as a coach. He’s a very good person outside of coaching and he would do anything for his players.”

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