Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula
"We have to mature. We made mistakes. We had turnovers. We put ourselves in a hole. We have to execute better. We have to believe we can make things happen."
"We would play well defensively and put Ole Miss in a third and long and they would make a big play with a touch down or a play that kept them on the field. Northern Illinois ran on us. Arkansas did too. But Ole Miss did a nice job with their schemes and coming off the ball. And Ole Miss has a QB that can wear a defense down. "
(On comparing Manning to Oklahoma's Josh White and Georgia's David Green)
"He is a lot better. He's the best we've seen. Eli is a good player. He is a good quarterback with a good quick release and wide receivers that catch well. He gave up some very big plays today, maybe more than we've had against us all season. "
(On starting Brodie Croyle and leaving him in at the end)
"He felt good each day in practice. He practiced well and felt fine. He is a tough kid. Hopefully he is not hurt too bad. We were trying to win at the end and had a chance. He did a good job with the quick score. In spreading the offense out like that you know he is going to take a few shots. He seems ok. He might have been rusty, but he made some good plays and some smart decisions. He made some good throws and Dre Fulgham made some good catches. He also made some bad decisions. In the pass right before the half, he might have been a little greedy. There was just not enough consistency"
(On finishing out the season)
"We are in the thick of the SEC. Tennessee sells itself in motivation. But we have to talk about ourselves first and fix what is wrong. And we will do it as a team as I've said all year that we will do. It is a long season. You can't get too high or too low."
Alabama Player Quotes
QB, Brodie Croyle
(On his shoulder)
"It's good. I went almost the whole game without getting hit. On that last drive, someone came free and hit me, but that's part of football. It's going to hurt every time I get hit or fall on it."
(On the first interception)
"Dre Fulgham just lost his footing. This was the first time we have played on this surface, and that may have been one of the things that happened. We have that stuff in our practice facility, but it's different to actually play a game on it. It's not a big enough difference to excuse getting beat like we did."
(On getting down early in the first quarter)
"I wasn't worried. We knew we could move the ball and score. We were just looking for that spark. We never got it. It's a tough loss for us, but you have to give credit to Ole Miss." (On playing Tennessee next week)
"It's good to follow up a loss like this with a rivalry game. Alabama-Tennessee is one of the biggest rivalries in the nation. What better way for us to get back on track than beating Tennessee."
LB, Juwan Garth
(On the speed of Ole Miss' offense)
"They are very fast and hit a lot of long passes. Eli Manning is so smart. He can read a defense as well as anybody I have played against. He doesn't take sacks.'
(On Ole Miss' ability to control things in the second half)
"I guess it was (a little surprising). We didn't expect them to control the line of scrimmage in the second half. I guess we were surprised to see them continue to control things."
(On Ole Miss' ability to run the ball)
"I guess it surprised us. We were more worried about the pass. They hit us with those two big plays early and we didn't want that to happen again. While we worried about that, they started to run the ball. That's not to take anything away from Ole Miss, they have great backs."
WR, Dre Fulgham
(On getting down early)
"We gave up some big plays early and we made a lot of little mistakes. It's frustrating to come out after preparing all week and not finish things. On offense, we are going to have to execute better."
(On the interception in the first quarter and if the turf affected him) "I just lost my footing. Brodie Croyle made a great throw and had great protection. That was a bad play on my part. I won't make any excuses about the turf, I just lost my footing."
(On fighting back after getting down early)
"When you get down like that in the first quarter it's tough. You can't get your head down. We had Arkansas down like that and they came back. We've got to keep our heads up and keep playing."