Players Discuss Win Over Florida
Sophomore quarterback A.J. McCarron didn't have an outstanding game statistically as Alabama won its third straight game over Florida in convincing fashion. McCarron did, however, keep the Tide on track after Florida opened the game with a one-play, 65-yard touchdown.
McCarron said that he believes the offensive line deserves the lion's share of the credit for success on the offensive side, followed the Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson, and the receivers.,
"I know every game counts the same in the standings," McCarron said, "but this one was huge."McCarron said he thinks the fact that Bama has such an outstanding defense is a big help to the Crimson Tide offense.
And he keeps coming back to the offensive line, which he thinks has made Alabaama's offensive success.
He added praise for the offensive game plan and play-calling by Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain.
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones said, "We're playing one game at a time and the next one is Vanderbilt." He insisted that Vandy is a much improved team.
Jones said that Florida had a good defensive team, but that he thought perhaps the Gators got a little tired.
Trent Richardson, who ran for a career best 181 yards, said "It's not easy against a team like Florida, but our boys on the offensive line had a pretty good day."
He said, "I can't say enough good about our team."
Senior nose tackle Josh Chapman, who knocked down two Florida passes, said "One thing we needed to do was take care of the quarterback," he said. "Once we got the guy looking for the rush, that's when you get to the quarterback and get sacks."
Senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw said, "I wouldn't say it was a statement win. We want to get to the top, and so this game was one we had to come out and win."
Senior safety Mark Barron said, "We had to make sure that we stayed mentally strong. I feel like we did a good job of that."
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