From The Locker Room -

After a jubilant postgame press gathering just a week ago in Gainesville, the setting this week after the loss to South Carolina was somber, and rightfully so. Read comments from some of the players inside.

QB Jevan Snead: (On knowing when a play has collapsed) I have to learn when a play is dead and either throw the ball away or try to get as much as I can running it. (On the passing game) We came out strong and I felt good throwing the ball most of the day, but the fumble I had, you just can't do that. I just have to keep on working. It was one of those plays where I was trying to make too much happen and I let my guard down. I should have thrown it away earlier in the play when I felt the pressure. I was trying to make something happen when I shouldn't have. I've got to learn the difference. (On the loss) This is a tough one, but we have to keep moving. We had good workouts all week, but we just didn't play like we can today. (On the off week) I think it will be good for us and help us refresh. We are a little banged up, but nothing some rest won't cure. We can also refocus and come back energized. (On the team during the game) We have a history of kind of hanging our heads, so I do everything I can to get the guys to keep their heads up. We are getting better at that, but there are still time when we get down and those things don't help the cause. (On South Carolina's defense) They did not give us any different looks in the second half, they just played better than in the first half. (On the mistakes) It's tough to make them, but I have to get my mindset changed. I hate losing a play and sometimes try to make something happen that's just not there. I have to know when the defense has won and move to the next play. The turnovers are the difference in just about every game on this level and until we stop them we are going to have a hard time winning. On my part, I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. The teams in this conference do not need help - they are good enough without you giving them something extra. I've never been through something like this, but I can tell you right now I'm not going to get used to it. I'm going to keep working and fix it.

CB Marshay Green: (On the game) Everyone hates to lose, but the way we are losing is even tougher. We aren't playing teams that are better than us. Sometimes that is easier to accept, that a team is just better. We are beating ourselves against teams we know we are as good as. That hurts worse. (On bouncing back) We will, but I'm glad we have an open week to recover this time. This one really hurts. This was our chance to make a statement that we are for real and we didn't get it done. We had the game if we just finish and once again we didn't. (On SC's offense) They were pretty good, but no better than anyone else we face. We didn't execute in the secondary and we didn't create but one turnover. A lot of people will point to the turnovers we had on offense, and they are critical, but the defense didn't hold up its end of the bargain either. (On the open week) We need it. We need a little rest to heal some bruises and we need the extra preparation time for Alabama. They are a tough team and we'll have to be at the top of our game to win.

RB Brandon Bolden: (On the SC defense) They were good. They moved their guys around a lot to give us different looks, but it was nothing we hadn't prepared for or seen before. We struggled some in the middle of the game after getting off to a good start, but then we picked it back up in the fourth quarter and started moving the ball down the field. We just didn't finish.

CB Cassius Vaughn: (On the game) It hurts because our coaches are putting us in positions to win and we aren't taking advantage of it. We had a lot of missed assignments. On their last TD, their QB rolled out of the pocket and we didn't stay with our coverages long enough. There's no way someone should have been open in the back of our end zone. That was a big mistake, but it was like that most of the game. It's disheartening because we know we went over all those things and we know what to do, sometimes we just didn't execute or we were in the wrong positions. (On being ready to play) We didn't have any carryover from the Florida game. That is not an excuse or a reason. We were focused and ready to play, we just didn't get it done.

WR Dexter McCluster: (On his fumble) I should hold on to the ball no matter what. We have had a lot of mistakes that are holding us back and that was mine. I was just getting the ball secured and got hit and it came out. No excuses. The game revolves around the ball and you have to protect it. (On the Wild Rebel) It worked well in the first half, but I think they brought an extra defender in the box in the second half and they slowed it down. (On SC's defense) They have a very physical defense. They hit hard and they get after you. As a whole, they were very solid and were the best defense we played so far. (On what he will think about after the game - his great plays or the fumble) I will think about the fumble. I'm a competitor and I hate to mess up. I won't look at the plays I made, I will look at the plays I messed up. That's the only way to get better. (On the Rebels) We are a much different team than we were last year or the year before. We have a much better attitude and the approach we are taking is a lot better. We play harder, we care more and we are coached the right way. We just aren't getting it done for our coaches. They are coaching to win and we aren't getting it done for them and ourselves often enough. We could of easily won all three games we lost, but we didn't. We have to correct what we are doing wrong and move on.

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