After Kentucky’s victory on seiner day over Middle Tennessee players spoke to the media.

Benny Snell 

Kash Daniel 

Josh Allen

Josh Paschal

Josh Paschal main media room

CJ Conrad

Mike Edwards

Eddie Gran

Player quotes from UK Athletics 

Kentucky Student-Athletes

#7 Mike Edwards, S

On reaching 300 tackles …

“A lot of people around the facility were telling me, ‘You only need one more in this game to get 300,’ and I’m like alright, I can get one more. So, I got that one tackle and finally got 300 so it’s a big accomplishment from the guys that got 300 tackles that played before me here.”

On his returned interception for a touchdown …

“I caught the pick and I saw a lineman with me, I gave him a little move inside and got outside. Then I saw another linemen coming, and I knew I could out run him so I was like yeah I could get this for sure.” 

On senior night emotion …

“It hit me when the first guy came out. And then they started playing that sad music, so it hit me right there. A bunch of guys I came into this class with, so it was sad it was my last game.”

 

#26 Benny Snell, Jr., RB

On senior night …

“It was huge. I felt they left on a pretty good note. Every senior had a critical moment in the game. The defensive guys making tackles, Mike (Edwards) with the pick, Josh (Allen) with the sacks, my offensive line. Everyone came together and I’m glad we got to leave on a note like that.”

On getting over 100-yard mark …

“It felt good to get back into that. I really wanted that. I still got goals and things I’m trying reach. I’m not too far off so I got those things and it was a good win today.”

On the rivalry with Louisville …

“When I watch Ohio State or Michigan or Kentucky and Louisville, it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter who’s got what going into the game — the rankings or how good you are. It’s a rivalry. The teams are going to be out there, the best team is going to win.”

 

#41 Josh Allen, LB

On breaking two UK sack records …

All the hard work that’s been put in this season, I can’t thank the defensive lineman enough for doing their jobs and allowing me to have unique opportunities to make plays like that. I commend everybody in the secondary.”

On last time playing here …

I know a chapter has to end. I just know this is getting to the last page in my chapter and open chapter 5. I’m ready to move on and go from there, but just to be out there one last time and go all the way was just unbelievable.”

On coming back this year for his senior season to help the team …

I’m extremely happy. I can remember every day just going through whether I should come back or leave. Deciding to come back, I knew I had something special this year. We have a special team and I knew we were going to do special things. I worked extremely hard for moments like this.”

 

#87 C.J. Conrad, TE

On the seniors making great plays on senior day …

“Yes, for sure. It means a lot to me and to the seniors. To give a lasting impression is always good and just to help the team in general any way we can to win the football game. Seniors stepped up today and I’m really proud of the whole group.”

On his touchdown …

“It felt good. I converted my route because Terry (Wilson) rolled out of the pocket.  I put my hand up and, luckily, he saw me. I’m thankful that he had the trust in me through that because that’s a dangerous pass and hats off to him for throwing it. I’m glad I made the play.”

On getting the win …

“Amazing feeling. I’m so fortunate to play here at Kentucky. It means a lot to me. Coming here our goal as a group of seniors was to change this program. We still have some games left but we feel like we are really headed that direction. That just means the world to me. I appreciate the fans, I appreciate the ones who drove. I had 70 people come here today, 70 people! It means a ton to me — the support. I just try to go out there and give everything I can to my team and my family and that’s what’s important to me.”

 

#10 AJ Rose, RB

On being more comfortable as season progresses …

“I think I’m the most comfortable now. I’m comfortable all across. I know what I’m supposed to do. I feel like it’s my time to shine.

On taking Benny Snell’s role if he potentially leaves after this season …

“Definitely. If he was to go to the NFL, there won’t be any lack off. It’ll be the same thing and keep it going. I feel like I can do a lot.”

 

#56 Kash Daniel, LB

On Josh Pascal returning …

“That was the highlight of my year. Seeing JP out there doing his thing, it was unbelievable. That kid man he’s been through so much, you guys know the big picture, but you don’t know the little things, the mental part that he had to deal with and he was always so positive about coming back. There was never a negative day that he had. The kid always has a great attitude and if that happened to me, I would have the worst attitude ever—like ever. I’m in an attitude right now over a game imagine if I had that. Josh is an unbelievable guy. I’m honored to be his teammate and I can’t wait to see him play in two more games with us this year.”

On being a part of a winning eight regular-season games …

“It’s really special. It’s something we’ve worked really hard for and I’m very thankful to be on this team and be playing with these teammates.”

On Josh Allen’s sack record …

“People don’t understand how hard that kid works. That guy is a workhorse. He’s a relatively new father, some of ya’ll might know, but I can imagine it being kind of hard and then him even putting extra time to his son and then finding extra time to come out and do something extra in practice every day. That guy literally has as family to provide for and he’s out here playing his you-know-what off and to see him break that record was unbelievable. I was blessed to be a part of it. I’ll never forget it and it will never leave my mind.”

 

#3 Terry Wilson, QB

On the seniors’ performance in their last home game …

“It was huge. They did a great job coming out and playing for everybody. We just wanted to do it for the seniors and go out with a bang on their last home game. They did great.”

On today’s win helping the team’s mentality going into next week …

“It does help out our mentality, but it’s a mindset we need to have always. I feel like going into practice this week coming up, we’re going to have that chip on our shoulder we just got to keep pushing and keep grinding. There’s been a few lows in the season, but I feel like our mindset is back and were hungry we just got to keep going.”

On the defense starting the game off on a bang …

“It was great. We were in great field position a lot during the game and it goes to the defense. They did a great job rallying to the ball and making plays out there. They always help us out, we just have to match their intensity and go out there and do the same.”

On the younger players seeing the senior’s success …

“It’s huge to see Mike do what he did, Josh break a record and CJ get a touchdown. It’s big for the younger guys, including myself, to know that they set a standard and we have to come together as a younger group and match those guys. We need to want to be like those guys. They’re doing so many tremendous things on and off the field. We just got to look up to those guys and try to mimic their play. They watch a lot of film and I mean it shows. They’re so explosive out there they work hard all the time and we just got to try to match that level of play and do it until it’s our turn to graduate.”

 

Middle Tennessee quotes from UK Athletics 

Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill

Opening Statement … 

“I want to start out by congratulating Coach Stoops and Kentucky. They have an excellent football team, which I am sure you all know. I’m extremely proud of our team, we went toe-to-toe with the 17th best team in the country on the road and with six or seven minutes left in the game, we made it a one score game and we couldn’t finish it off. There’s no moral victories, we’re all sick, we’re all disappointed. I love that team in that locker room. I’ll go to war with that team any day of the week, and we’ve had to fight, scratch and claw all season. Playing three SEC teams in the East hasn’t been easy, but I’m really proud of our team, what we did. First quarter: we put ourselves in a hole, alligator arm a ball and they intercept it for a touchdown, fumble on the next possession and they go and score, so we spot them 14 (points). Like I said, we go up, catch the ball and secure the ball on the fumble, it’s a ballgame. Talked about before the game not flinching and we didn’t flinch. They have some really good players on both sides of the ball. They deserve all the credit in the world, they beat us, they got us, but I am proud of our team and proud to hop on that bus with them because they fight their tails off, they compete their tails off every day and every game. Congratulations to Kentucky and time to get ready for UAB.”

On if he learned anything from the team fighting back …

“No, I told you about this in August. This team isn’t quitting and won’t ever quit, they stay together, they are close together. We’ve been behind. We were behind at FAU and Marshall at halftime, we’ve been behind before and we come back. So no, I didn’t learn anything from this team. They’ve shown me what they’re about since day one.”

On their tough schedule, playing three SEC teams…

“It shows we won’t back down from anybody, and we had a hard time getting off blocks defensively because they are so big, because 41 (Josh Allen) is the number nine prospect in the draft supposedly. Their corners are big and long, so it just shows that no matter who we play, we are going to compete our tails off. They may be bigger and faster, but we fight and we have heart.”

 On Chaton Mobley’s performance …

“He’s gotten better the last few weeks. He runs hard, he runs physical. He had 98 yards against a really good Kentucky defense that had been good stopping the run and he had some good tough hard-nosed runs. Chiton had good ball skills and catches the ball well out of the backfield.”

On getting ready for the rest of the season …

“We’re going to be ready. Obviously, we need help. We don’t control it. We need Charlotte or Marshall to get FIU, but it doesn’t matter, we can’t control any of them. We can control what we can control and that’s what we’ve done the last five weeks. Every game has been a championship week for us and that’s how we approach it.”

 

Middle Tennessee Student-Athlete Quotes

#12 Brent Stockstill, QB

On what they did to get things going after the rough start …

“Probably the worst start you could think of for us, but we have a really mature team and nothing really phases us and we bounce back. We knew they had a great pass rusher on the edge, Josh Allen, and just tried to get the ball out quick and get some screens, hit some plays down the field. Really just doing what we did. We beat ourselves out early and we finally got into our rhythm there a little bit later on.”

On the team coming back …

“That just kind of speaks volumes about the team we have, and it’s our third SEC team we’ve had to play. (We) played the number two team in the country and now we have the 17 or 19th team and that’s just partly of it and we’re just going to compete and compete until the end. We were having a lot of fun out there playing these guys. They’re a really good team, and just really love this group. We have a really good group and hopefully we can finish it out loud next week.”

On what they learned from themselves today and are taking on to next week …

“Just toughness. We have a really tough team; we love to play the game. All of us guys, we’re not the biggest or the toughest or the fastest, you know, we’re all one- and two-star recruits who love the play the game, so really I just learned about our maturity and our toughness.”

 

#93 Malik Manciel, DT

On his takeaways from the game …

“We have to continue playing hard and playing as a team and playing with this effort and I think everything will take care of itself.

On the team’s defensive adjustments at halftime …

“We knew that what we were doing wasn’t working. We did some base playing, playing more straight-up, giving the offense the chance to get the ball back.  Playing defense is our job, so whenever we can go out there and play defense, we go out there and play it. We just try to live by putting the ball down.”

On Benny Snell and UK run game …

“He’s a good back. He has a lot of patience and I definitely like that. He’s a good physical back, nothing but respect to him.”

 

#44 Chaton Mobley , RB

On adjustments at halftime …

“We just wanted to settle down. We came out juiced up and we just had to settle down and play ball.”

On the road environment … 

“It didn’t really affect us. We always talk about play the next down, one play at a time and that’s what we did.”

On the team’s preparation for the game … 

“We threw some formations in there. We showed that we can be diverse. All week we just threw stuff in, making a game plan, trying to get a chance to throw the ball.

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