Crudup Comments on Decision

Junior Derrick Crudup reacts to the decision of Coach Larry Coker to name Brock Berlin the starter heading into the summer.

On his reaction to Brock Berlin being selected as the starting quarterback
"I took it hard. That was hard to swallow. But I just have to deal with it."

On how the coaches dealt with the decision
"I felt like they dealt with it real well. I felt like they dealt with the issues of all the things that were said, like whether it was black or white, or if there was any favoritism. I think they squashed that from day one and I think the coaches dealt with it very well."

On whether or not there was another thing that he (Crudup) could have done
"I don't know . . . played better I guess. I don't really know. I think did real well. I just have to keep playing hard."

On whether, or not, Crudup was told why Berlin was selected over him
"No, he (Coach Coker) didn't. He just said that it was very difficult to make the decision."

On whether or not he was surprised that the decision was made in the spring
"Yeah, it was a surprise. I didn't think it was going to be made now. I was under the impression that it was going to be made during two-a-days. Like I said, coach Coker has been coaching for a long time and he made the right decision for his team."

On the decision-making process of the coaches
"I think if I was the coaches I would have made the decision early, too, because you have to give your team someone to follow and someone to recognize as the leader."

On team support
"I know these guys. I know these guys really well. I've been here for a long time. They're supporting me right now. Brock's supporting me right now."

On the challenge he's been faced with
"I'm a man and I'm going to face this like a man. I've dealt with a lot of critics. When this first started, I had no chance. A lot of people dislike me for whatever reason they dislike me for, but I really don't care about that. I care about what I need to do in order to keep fighting and in order to keep working hard."

On whether or not he will transfer
"Hell no! I'm a Cane. I picked this school. This was my decision out of high school and I'm a Cane till I die. I'm just going to keep fighting and keep working hard. "

On his father's reaction
"I'm going to take it calmer than my Dad. He's going to take it harder than me. He loves me so much and he just wants to see the best for me. It's going to be hard for him. But I'm a man and I'm going to make my own decisions."

On the criteria
"It just came down to statistics. That's what I was told."

On his own performance
"I think I did well. I think I improved on my leadership skills, my poise. I think that was a big thing for me. My confidence was there. I feel like I have great talent. I executed the offense well and I think I made big strides coming into the spring. This summer I'm going to try to make even better strides."

On his own performance
"I'm happy with it. I'm real proud of myself. I'm thankful to God just to help me through this. I feel like a normal person would have crumpled under that pressure of people always saying that 'He has no chance, he has no chance.' Knowing that people don't like you. But I had a lot of support from my family and God and now I have to just lean on that support again and just fight through this. This is another obstacle. Just another dent in the armor. Just a little bump and I'm going to get over it and good things are going to happen for me."

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