Post-Game: FAMU coaches & players

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Read on to see what some Florida A&M coaches and players were saying after their 48-16 loss to Miami on Saturday night.

Florida A&M Head Coach Joe Taylor

Opening statement…
“Outstanding environment. It’s no fluke that they are ranked No. 11 in the country. I thought they pushed us around up front. The thing we couldn’t afford to do is give them help, they didn’t need any help. We had some personal fouls at an untimely time. Then, I thought we stood around for a little bit. That punt return was a real momentum buster after we had just gone down there and scored. Coach Randy Shannon is doing a real good job. He has a real good football team. I’m proud of the fact that we played until the last play.”

On Miami’s defense…
“They have four outstanding defensive linemen. They just don’t stay blocked. They have tremendous speed. Then I thought our receivers, not the balls that we dropped – of course you can’t do that – but, I thought there were times that we didn’t compete getting into our routes. Overall, they have some outstanding athletes and I just thought a couple times we were just a step slow.”

On FAMU’s opening drive…
“To go up 3-0 and get some points off the first drive – that was huge. I thought [QB Curtis] Pulley did a good job of not just running but throwing. The bigger the stage the better he plays. I thought his receivers let him down a little bit. At the half we told them that, ‘they are going to make their plays, we have to make ours’. But there were times that we should have made our plays and we just didn’t.”

On Miami being back…
“I called Randy on Sunday, I said, ‘I’m proud of what you’re doing. As the prognosticators would have said, you would be 0-4 and fired. You didn’t listen. All you kept doing was working and I’m proud of you.’ He knew I was serious and I am serious, because he is doing it the right way.”

On Miami’s speed…
“There is a reason why they are No. 11 in the country. They showed it… Speed. They got speed. We have speed, but they got speed. They have a little bit more. But the bottom line is their interior lines – that’s what makes the difference. I can run fast if I got the kind of blocking that they had.”

Kicker Trevor Scott

On working hard and being on target…
“It was just an example of playing how I need to every game; going into practice and playing how I need to play every game, despite whether it’s at home because there’s only so many home games.”

DB Curtis Holcomb

On whether they were rattled…
“Rattled? No, I would say more enthused because the adrenaline multiplies, and knowing the stage, the platform and the stadium. It was just all hyped in the whole moment.”

On FAMU’s defensive effort…
“Well, I feel like we did good. It’s a great team – one of the best teams in the nation, one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and just to get two picks on him is really good.”

QB Curtis Pulley

On putting game behind him…
“I wouldn’t call that game a bad game at all. We just know that the game is over now. It’s history, and for us to reach our goal we have to put this game behind us and move on forward to the next one. I think everybody’s excited about a game like that, but we got to put that behind us and we know we got a tough game coming up in South Carolina State next week. Hopefully going through this game, it will prepare us better for next week and we just come out and have a better game than we did this game.”

On Miami’s defensive backs…
“I mean they have great DBs. They have great speed. We kind of figured that they were going to be sitting on our routes a little bit and that’s what they did, but I’d like to applaud my receivers. They did a great job of getting open. We just did a great job of competing. It was just a great all-around job by the receivers and the DBs.”

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