Oct. 19, 2013
Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel
"We played against a really good football team and I was really proud of how our players competed. They play well and they have great chemistry. I look at our team and I thought he handled adversities pretty well in this game. Florida is a good team. They made some plays and we rebounded from them very well."
On overall team chemistry this season:
"I saw this back in August and I told a lot of different people about it. It doesn't surprise me. What I'm excited about is that this team is so driven. They play so hard and compete so well. When you have guys that compete like that and bring it every single Saturday, you're very fortunate as a coach."
On freshman quarterback Maty Mauk's first career start:
"He's a great competitor. Sometimes he tries to make too much happen. He'll fire it down field when we have something close that's open and he'll learn from that. But I couldn't be more pleased with him. If you looked at him in high school, that's what you saw on tape every time you saw him play. He's a playmaker. You saw that when he ran that touchdown in at the end of the quarter. It's great to see a back-up quarterback to come in and play at that kind of a level."
On the offensive production against stout Florida defense:
"We've got a lot of playmakers. Look at the different players at different positions that made a big play in this game. They're all over the field. It seemed like everybody had to do something. Whether it was Henry Josey, Russell Hansborough, Jimmie Hunt or Dorial (Green-Beckham) or L'Damian Washington. I could go on and on. When you have those kind of players, you're very fortunate."
On the defense holding Florida to 151 yards of offense:
"We played great defense. We're playing at an all-time level up front on the defensive line. We rotate a lot of players in there and they play hard against good offensive lines. Florida has a good offensive line."
On the team's 7-0 record and moving forward in SEC play:
"I talked to the team about getting back to the grind. They know what the grind means. They have to have the discipline and mental toughness to handle all of this attention that will be thrown at them. That's where I will lean on the seniors and captains."
MU Player Quotes
Freshman QB Maty Mauk
On the big win:
"It's a stepping stone to where we want to be, and just for everybody out there to have the confidence in me to know that we were going to get the job done. It means a lot to me. Now we just have to go out there and turn these threes into sixes and we're going to be fine. We're going to recover tomorrow, then come in Monday and Tuesday and just be us and keep doing what we're doing."
On the first two passes and the first touchdown:
"That felt really good; that got my nerves down, I was a little too hyped honestly. I just wanted to go out and play football again and for L'Damian to come down with the first one, and then for Bud to score on the second one, that set the tone to where we wanted to play the whole game. Hats off to those guys, they played great."
On putting up 500 yards of total offense on Florida's defense:
"We did what we do best. The running backs, they made plays; and receivers, they got the ball and made plays. We just knew we had to come together this week, with me coming in, and that's what we did. It couldn't have gone any better for us, other than just scoring six instead of three."
On the week of preparation knowing he would be starting:
"The main thing for me was to just block everything out. People were going to say 'Oh, the freshman isn't going to be able to win the game," and then other people were saying, "He will," so just block everything out and be me. Like I said, block it out, and then come out here and do what we do best and that's run the football, throw the football and score points."
On his family:
"I know they feel good about it; I grew up with my dad as my coach my whole life, and then my brother the last few years of high school. He's the one that really got me started with this, I mean, when he got back into my high school coaching he was already teaching me what I needed to do at the next level with what to do with the safeties and stuff. I'm just building on it now, and I thank them a lot for it; I'm ready to go."
Senior WR L'Damian Washington
On the win:
"Yeah man, great win, this team is remarkable, I'm really speechless right now. I couldn't be more proud of this team, the leaders are doing a great job, guys are just making plays we got a resilient group."
On his first catch to get things going early:
"We wanted to let them know, just because we got a new quarterback, that doesn't mean we're going to take our foot off the pedal. Maty Mauk did a great job at delivering the ball, just a great start and great call by Coach Henson to let them know, hey, were not backing down, we're not going to play conservative."
On 500 yards and 36 points:
"I guess Florida hasn't allowed 21 points in, like, 13 or 14 straight games and that just goes to show a lot about our offense. The thing about it, James didn't play today. Kudos to Maty Mauk, but this offense is just relentless no matter who it is, a different quarterback or wide receiver, we just keep rolling."
On his special season, turning heads and getting national attention:
"To be honest with you, I'm just proud of this team. When I step on the field I don't just represent myself, I represent my brothers and my mother, who passed away my sophomore year of high school. This is my last time around to represent something and make my family proud, and that's just my mentality going into every game."
Junior DE Kony Ealy
On the effective pass rush:
"You've got interior guys like Harold Brantley, Lucas Vincent and Josh Augusta, who are turning the inside up and putting pressure on the quarterback throughout the middle and then he's scrambling out to the outside to Mike Sam, Me or Shane Ray. We're getting out there and getting good pressure on him also, and he's turning into our arms, so we getting sacks."
On playing Georgia and Florida back-to-back weeks:
"Its not about who you are playing, it's about going out there and playing hard for four quarters, 60 minutes, and that's what we did; that's our mindset; we take it one game at a time."
Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp
"We are just not really a good football team, certainly not today. That's all on my shoulders. We had a hard time running the ball, and we couldn't protect (the quarterback) either. I am pretty disappointed that we have not made more positive strides offensively at this point of the season. We will go back and certainly look hard to make improvements. Defensively, we gave up too many big plays. As a whole, as a football team, we did not do enough positive things today. That falls on my shoulders."
On the performance of the defensive line today:
"I was disappointed, we gave up too many running seams all day. The big one in the third quarter (Henry Josey's 50-yard run) was a huge momentum swing for Mizzou."
On the Florida player getting ejected for the targeting penalty:
"I did not get a chance to review it yet. I do not really that the player should get ejected from the game. The receiver went down to make the catch, and I thought it was a good call. However, I just do not think that the player should be ejected for that type of penalty, in that type of game and situation."
On several members of the Florida team being out for today's game:
"It does not help, but we still need to defend the run and pass better. We need to take more pride in our performance as a team. That letdown falls on me. We will do more work and get it done."
WR Solomon Patton
On the offensive line:
"I feel like those guys did the best they could, and from here we're just going to practice hard and get better."
On the progress as an offense:
"I feel like as an offense, we're doing pretty good, especially after last year. I feel like we've made big progress."
On Tyler Murphy:
"I feel like he did a good job, as he was getting pressured a lot."
QB Tyler Murphy
On Missouri's secondary:
"They did a good job covering, but we have to find ways to make plays."
On the hits he took in today's game and his shoulder injury:
"I took a few hits, but nothing too crazy. My shoulder is alright."
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