After Kentucky’s 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt at Kroger Field Eddie Gran, Benny Snell, Josh Allen, Lynn Bowden, Terry Wilson and Derrick Baity spoke to the media.

Eddie Gran

Benny Snell

Josh Allen

Kash Daniel

Lynn Bowden

Terry Wilson

Derrick Baity 

Quotes from UK Athletics 

UK Student-Athletes

#41 Josh Allen, LB

On making big plays in the game…

“You know, I came back to make plays like this and I worked hard in the offseason to get to where I am, especially to make plays like that so it’s juts all the work I’ve put in in the offseason is finally showing up.”

On Kentucky’s defense…

“We just have to play SEC football, the best defense on the field is going to win the game so we pride ourselves on being the best team out there and making big plays and that’s what we do and that’s what we’re going to live by.”

On his return this year…

“Yeah like I said before, I came back for situations like this because I have a lot to prove. Last year during the second half my play dropped and I told myself I was coming back this year and I wanted to increase my play and to be more effective and be more of a big play maker and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

 

#8 Derrick Baity, CB

On what’s been working well for him individually…

“I’m playing free now so like I said before, it’s been a lot of stuff going on last year that I felt like I couldn’t handle but I got it all on grant this year, just playing free. I can concentrate and focus on football.”

On how much fun it is right now…

“It’s pretty fun because we are getting recognized nationally so now everyone is looking at you differently like ‘oh that Kentucky team does really look good,’ and they notice you and we’re finally getting talked about on TV, but then outside of that just in the locker room the environment within the team. You see someone make a play, even our offense, if you see someone make a play like Lynn Bowden, (his) catch lit up our sideline so that’s really fun like everyone feels like they have to rush that player or rush that opposing player on the opposing side of the ball, that’s fun. Anybody making plays, the whole team is going to get you and pick you up.”

 

#1 Lynn Bowden, WR

On Bowl Eligibility …

“It feels good. We’re on a mission this year to win as many games as we can and tonight, that’s what we did.”

On being the “go-to” receiver …

“I just get open and do my job. Terry (Wilson) trusts me and I trust him. We have a bond, a good relationship and we get it going. They’re a tough team, they were ready to fight and we were ready to fight back.”

#26 Benny Snell, Jr., RB

On getting stronger as game progresses …

“I can feel that I’ve got my wind, I can feel it, under the piles, running and breaking tackles. I can just feel when the defense is getting tired. I can hear them breathing heavy and I can hear them throwing fits when I get a first down. I can just tell I’m getting in their heads so that gives me motivation to keep going.”

On getting high number of carries …

“That’s Benny Snell football. If its 20 carries, 30 carries plus, I’m going to make it happen. That’s what I want, I want the ball in my hands.”


On the UK passing game …

“Offense could be so much better. We really haven’t played our best football yet. I don’t want to say that I’m disappointed but we should have pulled off in this game. In the passing game. I just feel like we were right there. We’ve got the good looks, Terry’s putting the ball in the right spot but you know it’s windy and the conditions are what they are. We need to pick it up in the passing game but we’ve got to be sound as offense too. No penalties, we’ve got a lot more learning to do.”

#56 Kash Daniel, LB

On Kentucky’s defense …

“Honestly, it’s just all the work we put in throughout the week. Monday through Friday, even on Sundays. We watch so much film by ourselves and do so many extra things to get better.  We want this as bad as we want to breathe almost. That’s how good of a defense we want to be.  If we don’t come out and play like that every week we won’t get the respect we want. It’s really fun to play with this group, I can’t wait to keep going.”

On the offense …

“We never want to finger point or complain about how much we are on the field, it’s football.  We go out and play. Stuff happens.”

On the strip play …

“It just shows that one player isn’t just out there making plays. It’s awesome seeing everyone work together. You have 11 guys always flying to the ball to get a tackle and that’s one of our standards, it’s what we hold ourselves accountable to. Overall, l it was a great defensive play.”

#3 Terry Wilson, QB

On the wind …

“It is what it is, it’s football. We just gave Benny (Snell) the ball and did what we needed to do to get the win.”

On looking forward …

“Everyone’s doing what they need to do. We’re 6-1, so we just have to keep winning and worrying about what we have to take care of. We need to continue to practice hard. “

On Benny and his game, 

“It’s a 1-2 punch. It helps sometimes because they’re looking for Benny every time on the run and if I pull the ball and get around it’s just an extra guy that’s running the ball. I feel like that is unstoppable.”

Vanderbilt quotes 

Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason

Opening statement…

“First of all, congratulations to Kentucky. They made plays when they needed to, and we came up a little short on ours. Decision not to go for it in the fourth quarter for me, or to not kick the field goal in the fourth quarter had more to do with what had transpired earlier in that ball game. You make that field goal earlier in the ball game and then you kick a field goal late and you’re up by six, but instead I chose to go a different direction. I didn’t know how many more opportunities we would have to get down that way, so I felt that it was critical for me to go for it on fourth down. Obviously, we came up short. Thought our defense played well early in that ball game. Benny (Snell Jr.) bled us in the second half and he found some things that he couldn’t find in the first half and did a good job running. Thought we did a good job early off in that ballgame winning the turnover battle, just didn’t capitalize on those turnovers consistently enough to stretch this game out a little bit. It was just that type of ball game. We had our chances. I told my team we’re close. The reality is sometimes the last part is the toughest part to get. My head’s not down. This group battled. They came into a hostile environment and there are no more victories in this ball game. We had our chances, but we didn’t cash in. Kentucky pulls this game out, so now we gotta turn our attention next week towards Arkansas. Again, this team’s got talent, we just gotta get out of our own way, and we are close.”

On play calling on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter…

“Stronger side, we had some success over to that side running the football. Obviously you have a choice between run and pass, and we thought we could gash it to that side. Again, they did a good job. We didn’t execute. Outside defenders were able to slide back inside and then hits Jamauri (Wakefield) and the ball comes out and bad play on their part.”

On if it was just a missed block (continuation from previous question)…

“Yeah, a missed assignment. Obviously we were running Jamauri to that side, and we must have miscounted when we looked to that side. They went out and an overlapped defender falls back inside, free hitter on Jamauri, he hits it and that’s what it is.”

On if it was overloaded and if it’s something that Kyle (Schumer) can check out (continuation from previous question)…

“Yeah, but I think what Kyle (Schumer) didn’t see was probably the overhang sitting outside. They folded back inside and were able to make the play. It is what it is. I’m not going to sit here and second guess it. It’s out there, if he felt like he should have checked it then he would have checked it. He didn’t, so he ran it. It’s a run pass option, so it is what it is.”

 

Vanderbilt Student-Athletes

#14 Kyle Shurmur, QB

On missed opportunities …
“We missed a lot of opportunities. We have to do a better job with scoring the ball.”

 

On the wind affecting the game …
“We can’t control that. I try not to think about that too much. We can’t control Mother Nature.”

 

On failed fourth downs …
“I don’t think all of these are coming down to one play. I think this a team game and there are a bunch of factors that affect the game. I don’t think it’s all coming down to fourth down. There were plenty of opportunities where we could have scored points, we could have gotten them off the field and all three phases could have been better.”

 

#40 Jordan Griffin, LB

On the two fumble recoveries…

“Running to the ball, running to the ball mentality. That’s what we talk about as a defense, just getting to the ball, which is what got me two fumble recoveries.”

 

On the change with the touchdown drives…

Just the little things, we were playing well all game, a few assignments blown here and there, a couple guys getting outside of their gaps, and that cost us late in the ball game. He’s a great running back; he’s going to find the holes. We just got to fix those type of mistakes.”

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