Postgame Quotes

Sept. 8, 2007

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas 62, Southeastern Louisiana 0

Sept. 8, 2007 – Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas Quotes

Head Coach Mark Mangino

On the game:

“I am pleased with all three phases of the game. We stopped the run. We played the pass well. Our special teams were sharp, and our return and coverage teams were good. PAT’s, field goals – all of it. Protection was good. Snaps were good. The offense was sharp. The offense had a bit of an issue to deal with – it was a blitz fest out there, almost every single down. It has been a long, long time since I have coached a game where a team blitzed as much as they did. I think that was their key to try and stop us. Our kids on offense kept their poise. They didn’t panic and they kept their protections right. That was a very good teaching tool for our kids to learn, because of the different looks. We just got pressure all night. We really had to keep focused and poised to pick up those blitzes play after play after play.”

On KU’s first two games:

“It’s a great start for us, but we know there are 10 more games. We have to learn from this. It’s great, all of those things that we can put in game notes, and I am proud of our players for the way they played. Tonight we played a team that wasn’t ranked and is a (Championship Subdivision opponent), and we did what we had to do. Some people aren’t doing what they have to do. Our kids are doing what they have to do. Its great. I am proud of they way they have competed and the things they have done. What we have to keep in mind now is that we need to get ready for the next one, and our kids are focused on that going into the locker room.”

On Marcus Henry:

“He has really improved his game tremendously. He has gotten a little bit better every year he has been with us, but this year, he really just has a good feel for things. He is more confident than he has ever been – running routes, catching, blocking. He has really developed into a heck of a player. We always thought that was a possibility. The last couple of years, he has been what we would call a solid player. Now he has taken his game to the next level where he is a factor in the game.”

On special teams:

“We put a lot of time and effort into special teams. We meet for special teams every day. We practice a good segment of our practice on them. They are important. I have always felt that special teams can make a difference in a big game. Our defense and our special teams gave our offense great field position, and that is what you want.”

Junior Cornerback Aqib Talib

On the game:

“On offense we really executed, and on defense we are playing good too. We are just playing really good right now. We will see how the season rolls on, and how we can keep it up. As long as we do our assignments, we feel like we are pretty good.

On the shutout:

“We needed that shutout. It will give us good momentum going into the next week.”

Junior Wide Receiver Marcus Herford

On his kickoff return for a touchdown:

“I knew I had to score because I knew if I didn’t my teammates would let me have it. So I had to get into the end zone. I was excited to finally get into the end zone and help our team get some points. Once again, my blockers did a great job and I am excited to get out there and do it again.”

On the return team:

“I am really starting to like it (kick returning), but it is not just me. My blockers take great pride in going out there and blocking for me. And we go out there and do our thing, and hopefully we can keep it going the rest of the season.”

“It is very important. We spend a lot of time on it. If you get great field position our offense has the type of talent to get into the end zone. It is very important to have a great special teams effort out there.”

Senior Wide Receiver Marcus Henry

On back to back 100 yard games:

“I feel pretty good just knowing that the quarterbacks have the confidence throwing me the ball. With this offense, anyone can have a big game. They could get 100 yards or even more like tonight. It is the way the system is built.”

On his improvement as a senior:

“I have been focusing on the ball more and on my run blocking. Getting on blocks better and doing stuff like that. We have some plays that require us to block outside and we have been practicing it a lot. I think I have gotten a lot stronger and knowing the quarterbacks have the confidence in throwing me the ball makes me want to go get it more.”

On Todd Reesing:

“I think he is playing really well. If he keeps throwing like that we are going to win a lot of games.”

Junior Linebacker Joe Mortensen

On the shut out:

“It feels good. Since I have been here we haven’t gotten one, but we have been close. With all of the great linebackers and defenses we have had this is good to get a shutout. I hope we can get some more this year.”

On the defense’s swagger:

“Last year we were kind of inexperienced, none of us had really played that much. We know what we are capable of and we have that `refuse to lose’, win attitude. We know that if we run our assignments and we do what our coaches teach us, no one can beat us.”

Southeastern Louisiana Quotes

Head Coach Mike Lucas

On the game:
“Kansas is a very good football team and we saw that last week when they beat a very good Central Michigan team. When I looked at film on Sunday I said `oh man’. We’re a very young team and a fifth year program. We tried to come up here and not get demoralized, but when your best defensive lineman breaks his arm and he’s yelling there on the sideline, it was a bad scene. I thought early on we played with some intensity, especially defensively. We got after it pretty good the first couple of series, but once we lost Walter (Vaughn) it got into our heads.”

On running against Kansas’ defense:
“Kansas is very good up front. They are very good in their front four and they are sound defensively. They’re going to have a very good year. They don’t give up rushing yards and nothing they did surprised us.”

On if it was worth it to play Kansas:
“You hate to lose players and we have about five guys that are questionable for next week and two will be questionable for the rest of the season. I tip my hat to Coach Mangino. He played everybody he had on his bench. He didn’t try to run up the score, but I only had 57 guys on the travel squad and it shows. We played some young kids and played in front of a big crowd. Playing in front of a big crowd like this will help us prepare for later in the season.”

Senior Linebacker Michael Johnson

On Kansas’ Offense:
“Their offense is dynamic. They have a good coach and they came out here and played their assignments.–obviously they put up 62 points. We had a bunch of busted coverages. We just didn’t play our assignments like we were taught to play.”

On Kansas:
“They weren’t 62 points better than us. We just had a bunch of busted coverages and our offense struggled. All we can do now is watch film and correct our mistakes.”

On if it was worth it to play Kansas:
“We got to play in the Big 12. Anytime we get to play in the Big 12 it’s worth it. I’m not going to say it was good for us to come up here and lose 62-0, but like I said we got to play in the Big 12 and they had a strong offense.”

Sophomore Quarterback Brian Babin

On the game:
“They’re Kansas and we’re Southeastern, so that is a big difference. They are pretty competitive in the Big 12 every year and we are I-AA. There’s a certain point in time where size just takes over. We came out and tried to make some plays, but they (Kansas) were pretty good.”

On Kansas:
“Up front they were very good. number 93 (James McClinton) can play, and number 3 (Aqib Talib). He’s a good player and a great athlete. We knew they were good coming in. We weren’t really concerned with what they had, we were just concerned about us getting better. We wanted to see where we stood against a great caliber team like Kansas.”

On if it was worth it to play Kansas:
“It is always worth it to play. It is a great experience for us, but losing Walter Vaughn is big, because that guy is a player. It is a good experience to come out here to Kansas and play another Big 12 school. We played Texas Tech last year. We had a lot of fun. it just didn’t come out like we wanted.”