In this weekly feature on GamecockAnthem, we'll take a look at what the opposing coach and his players had to say about their performance against South Carolina. Garrick McGee, Chris Hubbard, Jake Ganus and Chris Rabb all spoke about the 49-6 loss to the Gamecocks.
Here's what they had to say:
Head Coach Garrick McGee
I'm really proud of our team. I think that our team really hung in there and played with a great attitude for a long time. I thought they did a good job on Marcus Lattimore who is one of the more dominating football players in the country. I think we went in at halftime and he only had about 30 yards, so I'm really proud of our kids. They really hung in there and competed with one of the top teams in the country for a long time in the game. I think there were some things that went on during the game that got them frustrated. The fact that we couldn't run the football gave them more opportunities to score. But, like I said, I'm really proud of our team. I think we are developing, and I think we are getting in position to go after the Conference USA championship. Even though in the win column it doesn't show it, we are a better football team than we were two weeks ago.
On if it was tough to get over South Carolina's big plays
It shouldn't be because that's the way the game goes, but when you are dealing with young kids at some point it does set in on you. It shouldn't though, you have to be mentally tough enough to keep playing , no matter what you've gone through. That's what we are developing, and we are going to get it. I really like our team. They got better this week.
On South Carolina's defensive line
I think their defensive front is one of the top defensive fronts in the country. I think at some point in the game they are going to put pressure on any quarterback in the country, that's just how good they are. I think (Jadeveon) Clowney is arguably the best player in college football. Those guys are going to put pressure on the quarterback, so I don't think it has anything to do with pressure, I just think they are very talented.
Chris Hubbard - Senior - Offensive Lineman
On playing against South Carolina's defensive line
We went up against them pretty well. They are a good defensive line and a good front. I feel like we managed pretty well against them even with the blitzes. We just have to get better.
On holding the pocket
We held the pocket pretty well, just holding on the blocks. Whenever the pocket is closing just giving that extra minute to make a okay is big.
Jake Ganus - Freshman - Safety
On what he learned about his team
That we can play. I felt like we can play with anybody. We had a great first half defensive wise and the offense controlled the ball. I learned that this team can play and battle with anybody.
On missed opportunities
It was really difficult because I felt like that dropped interception was a game changer. It could have gone for six our way to the next play South Carolina scored on a big pass. I feel like that was huge. I am going to cut that stuff out, and I'm going to be better next week.
On Dylan Thompson coming in for Connor Shaw at quarterback for South Carolina
I don't think that affected us negatively. I think they had some more confidence because he came in right away throwing it. I think we knew right away that he was throwing it because Connor Shaw is a much more running type of player and Thompson likes to throw it. So our plays we still called the same, but he did a great job.
Chris Rabb - Freshman - Linebacker
On defending against Marcus Lattimore
I think we did pretty well. We prepared for him all week. We had tight ends line up at running back to get us ready to tackle a big back like that. We just played pretty well. I think we expected to come in here and contain him.
On focus on stopping the run
It has been our number one priority going in to practice every day. We just run zone, zone, zone and that's all we really do. We just have to try and stop it. That's all we've really been working on the last two weeks.
-Jonathan Perry entered tonight's game with 2,359 career passing yards, and after passing for 219 against the Gamecocks, he has a career total of 2,578 yards through the air. He's the seventh player in UAB history to pass for over 2,500 yards in a career.
-Kicker Ty Long was 2-for-2 in field goals against Carolina and has now connected on nine consecutive field goals, dating back to last season.
-Linebacker Marvin Burdette recorded seven tackles Saturday night to bring his career total to 266 tackles, moving him into a tie for eighth all-time in career tackles at UAB.
-UAB has had 22 players make their debut in 2012.
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