Comments from Saban and LSU players

The following is a transcript from Nick Saban's press conference Wednesday from Orlando. <br><br> Also included are statements from LSU players.

LSU HEAD COACH NICK SABAN
 
"I'd just like to express from my entire organization at LSU, my athletic department, all the players and people involved in our program that we appreciate the opportunity to play in the Capital One Bowl.  It's a fantastic bowl game to play in and the people surrounding this game make it a very special event to be a part of."
 
"I think this is going to be an outstanding football game.  This is a real opportunity for us being an SEC team to have the opportunity to play a team from the Big Ten the caliber of the Iowa Hawkeyes. 
 
"I've been very pleased with the focus and attention that our players have been able to maintain.  The big thing that we like our players to think about is that this is their reward for having a great season.  That has been my focus as a coach.  I think everyone in the organization has done a great job of that. 
 
On the talent of the Iowa team...
"They have some very good football players.  I think the quarterback is the real catalyst for their team. He is a real competitor.  I think he has a tremendous affect on the way their team plays."
 
On the LSU quarterback situation...
"Marcus Randall had a fantastic game at Arkansas and I think that has really helped his confidence.  His leadership since has been, his demeanor as a player has been a little bit different since that time.  I think he has practiced and played the best through these practices."
 
On the play of running backs...
"We had very inconsistent play at quarterback early in the year.  We turned the ball over a lot.  We decided we had to be a conservative running team."
 
On Iowa linebackers...
"They have outstanding linebackers.  They run well, they play smart, they play well together.  What they do, they do extremely well and do it well together consistently.  They are a good defensive team."
 
On following a national championship season...
"Everyone came back this year thinking everything was going to be the same this year, and it wasn't.  Everyone has new roles.  We started the year, we had new challenges and we had to focus on that.
 
DEFENSIVE END MARCUS SPEARS
 
On quarterback Marcus Randall...
"I think he brings a lot of different looks.  He passes well and runs. I think he makes great decisions.  His whole team feeds of his enthusiasm.  That's the key element to any football game."
 
On Coach Nick Saban...
"I have always looked at him as more than just a football coach.  He gave me the responsibility of knowing that it is work on the football field and he is there for me off the field.  My success is a great credit to him.  He's taught me how to be a great competitor."
 
On last days playing for LSU...
"As players we are very competitive.  We love these bowl games.  You have a lot of time to play the game like it is supposed to be played."
 
On Linebacker Lionel Turner...
"He pays a lot of attention to detail.  He is a competitor.  He thrives on getting to the ball and making plays."
 
OFFENSIVE TACKLE ANDREW WHITWORTH
 
On Coach Nick Saban...
"I think people that are around us everyday can tell you about his businesslike approach and how that affects you in your game.  You need someone who will tell you what to do, and be upfront with each other.  When things are going well, you have to look into them.  He is just a total coach."
 
On Iowa defense...
"They stick to their scheme.  It will be a good game.  They like to be upfront, and be in the same spot most of the time, but still powerful.  They are competitors too and that's something they are showing every game.  It will be a challenge for us, and we are all excited."
 
On Iowa defensive lineman Matt Roth...
"He is an aggressive player.  He is more of a speed guy than all of them.  He plays really well with his hands.  It looks like he will be a real challenge."

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