Views from the locker room

VandyMania spoke with junior tailback Kwane Doster, junior quarterback Jay Cutler and sophomore receiver Marlon White in the press room Saturday following Vanderbilt's 19-7 win over Eastern Kentucky.


Junior tailback Kwane Doster: 117 rushing yards on 15 carries

Q: Kwane, this was your first 100-yard game in a long time. It had to feel good.

A: Yeah, it feels great, to get 15 carries and to get 117 yards. I hadn't done that in a good while. It feels really good. But I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line and the whole team. It all starts with them and the receivers. But basically I just got my deal today. I've just got to take it and run with it.

Q: Have the coaches kind of challenged you a little bit? Your production this season has not been what it once was, up until today. Have they done anything to motivate and challenge you?

A: It's really nothing much that they have done. It's more myself. My freshman year I had a great season. My sophomore year I had a little slump, but it was just getting comfortable with myself. What I told myself at the beginning of this season was just not to get comfortable. I just have to work hard every play, like it's my last play. It's been more of a change in my mind, going out there and giving all I've got on every play.

Q: What's the feeling in the dressing room. I know you're excited to win, but is there a sense that as a team you didn't play quite as well as you know you could?

A: There's no feeling at all. I got 15 carries and 117 yards, and it's great to get that, but everybody is equal throughout this system. It's really just a great feeling to get this win.

Q: You seemed to get hurt late in the game and were limping. Will you be OK for this week?

A: It was just a little bruise to my thigh muscle. It swelled up on me a little bit, but it's nothing bad. I felt like I couldn't really go any more. It was late in the game, and I didn't want to injure it any worse. I'll get treatment on it, and I'll be back this week.


Junior quarterback Jay Cutler: 15-of-21 passing for 156 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions; 7 rushing attempts for 73 yards, 1 touchdown

Q: You kept the ball on the ground a lot today rather than putting the ball in the air. Was that the gameplan today, against a defense that you seemed to have overmatched physically?

A: Well, we were going to take whatever they gave us. They showed us some different things on defense, so we had to change up just a little bit. But the offensive line was controlling the line of scrimmage, and we felt like in the second half we could pound it at them.

Q: When people ask you questions about why you passed more or ran more, is that pretty much always the answer-- that you try to take whatever the defense gives you?

A: Yeah. Really I think that's almost every offense. You just can't run plays that defenses have been designed to stop. You have counter what the defense is doing, and if their defense is giving you the run, you've got to run the ball. If they're blitzing and stacking the box, you have to throw. The defense always dictates what you're going to do.

Q: You've got to be happy with the win.

A: It's great to win. We have to take it. We didn't score quite as many points as we hoped to, but our defense made stops when we had to, and the offense, we did our job when we had to in the fourth quarter. We'll take it any way we can get it.


Sophomore receiver Marlon White: 5 catches, 71 yards

Q: How important was it for you to come out and score points in the second half?

A: It looked like they were going to do a lot of scoring, so we had to come out and do some scoring and try to get them out of the game. So putting points up after halftime was very important.

Q: Both you and Erik Davis had 5 catches each. That's a pretty good day's work, right? That's the kind of day you dream about, right?

A: Yeah, it is. We're a very cohesive unit. All of us are very close. When one person does good, we feel like our whole unit does good.

Q: The receiving unit had to play without Chris Young today. How much does that change what you had to do? Is there any concern about changing things up? Jason Burns steps in there and becomes your fourth receiver with Chris out.

A: It really doesn't change much. We still have the same assignments. We don't gameplan differently. The gameplan is the same more or less. Jason came in and did a pretty good job. He was ready to step it up, and he did.

Q: You got to play quite a bit as a freshman. Has it surprised you at all to be playing this much this soon?

A: No, because they told me from the jump that I was going to play. They were expecting me to play. They told me I had a chance to play as a freshman. I don't like to just sit and watch. I like to be in on the action.


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