Players postgame comments

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA -- Here are comments from ECU running back Vintavious Cooper, linebacker Derrell Johnson and wide receiver Justin Hardy after their 37-20 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl win.

Senior running back Vintavious Cooper

On bouncing back from Marshall loss:

"It feels amazing. We definitely had a bad week against Marshall and we definitely wanted to bounce back. We know what type of team we are and playing against Marshall that wasn't us. So we wanted to come out today and show exactly what kind of team we are capable of being every Saturday. So hats off to everybody that played today on special teams, defense and offense."

On the contrast of emotions from last year's bowl game to this one:

"Not to be down. To keep a positive attitude with the seniors and all of the group. It's about mentality on the team and about coming up and making plays."

On the team's 10th win:

"Everybody came out and we executed the best way possible on each side of the ball. The defense played tremendous as always and for us it is always to execute to the best of our ability."

On the confidence having a good day after the first two runs:

"In the first half, the offensive line played way beyond what was expected. But for us, that's the standard that we hold for our team. We hold ourselves to a high standard and we understand definitely what it takes to make play on any given Saturday or like today, any given Monday."

--- Senior linebacker Derrell Johnson

On the response in the fourth quarter:

"We didn't panic. We knew we were capable of winning. The coaches have done an excellent job to prepare. We wanted to make sure to come out at that level."

On the team winning 10 games:

"We didn't want to settle. We wanted to win as many games as possible."

On his last game: "I'm very proud of this team."

--- Wide receiver Justin Hardy

On becoming ECU's all-time receiving yards leader:

"That's big. Records are meant to be broken. That's what they are there for. Getting with my coaches, finding everything I need to do to get better every day. Them telling me and then me actually going out there and doing it is big for me."

On playing through a thigh bruise:

"I told my coaches I was going to do whatever it took for me to play in this game. This was a big-time game was for us this year and a chance for us to get double-digit wins and to end the season on a high-note and I wanted to be a part of it."

On Shane Carden's receiving abilities:

I saw it every day coming in. He kept saying ‘throw me the ball, throw me the ball' every now and then and I knew he was going to catch the ball."


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