Alabama Team Arrival – Player Quotes

Full videos of Coach Saban’s and Coach Miles’ press conferences will be posted on www.allstatesugarbowl.org under the “Media” tab and “BCS Quote Central”. We will send an email when the interviews are available.

 

Alabama DB Mark Barron

(On if he feels its game time)

“It’s about that time. We’ve been off for a long time and we’re ready to go now. ”

 

(On how important the final game preparations would be for this game)

“It’s very important. When you have that much time off you might lose some of your fundamentals. It’s very important to pay attention to those details during those practices and that’s what we focused on the whole time.”

 

(On what they can do in the BCS Championship game differently than its previous match-up with LSU)

“Last game we missed out on a few opportunities and didn’t pay attention to detail as much as we should have. That’s something we make sure we do this game and capitalize on our opportunities that we have.”

 

Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower

 (On brass band playing when team got off plane)

“It was something different. Something we aren’t used to in Alabama.”

 

(On what to expect the next couple of days)

“Guys just trying to lay back and relax. Practice has been going pretty good. We had a real good practice before we headed down so I was going to try to relax a little bit tonight. Just be more concentrated about the game than trying to have fun.”

 

(On the flight)

“I don’t know about everybody else, but I was asleep. I started watching a movie and then I fell asleep.”
 

(On rematch)

“Guys are more concentrated on being well-prepared. I feel like we are really well prepared so far. As far as practice and film study go, I feel like guys know a little bit more about the game plan than they did the first time. I’m pretty sure some of the younger guys want to go out and experience New Orleans and see what it has to offer, but I feel like some of the older guys are going to kind of hold tight and stay in the hotel for the most part. The last one was a real good game. They have good players and we have good players. They made some good calls and so did we. We just fell short, but this time around I feel like everybody absolutely knows everything they’re going to do from watching film. I feel like we got a real good game plan so we just got to go out and execute it.”

 

(On curfew)

“We all came together as a team and the leadership group decided that for tonight curfew will be 12 to 1 o’clock.

 

(On curfew changing each night)

“It’s based on how we feel about it. Coach says he’s already got it set so we’ll just take it from there. It’s already been told. As a leadership group we kind of set curfew up. So, if after practice guys want to go out and shop at the mall that’s fine, but even if you’re a minute late for curfew you’re going home. “

 

(On being able to play in the championship after sitting the 2010 championship out with an injury)

“It feels good. That’s something that I really wanted to do. One of our goals this year was to get back to the National Championship. I’m definitely proud to be back. I’m not one of those guys to get really excited about the game, but it’s more or less about going back and doing something I really wanted to be apart of a couple of years ago. I had that chance and opportunity in front of me and I really wanted it.”

 

(On team’s championship experience)

“It helps a lot. A lot of guys know how to practice and how to come about things. We’re going to step up as leaders.”

 
 

Alabama RB Trent Richardson

(On the being in New Orleans for the National Championship Game)

“After the game we had against those guys (LSU) last game, everyone is focused on being more prepared. So far, as far as practice and film study goes, a lot of guys know more than they knew last time. I feel like some of the younger guys are going to want to go out and experience New Orleans, but I feel like some of the older guys are going to hold tight and stay at our hotel. One of my goals this year was to get better and to have a chance to play in the National Championship.”

 

(On being more excited now that the team is in New Orleans)

“I’m not one of the guys to get too excited about the game; it’s more or less about going back and being a part of something I really wanted to be a part of a couple years ago. I have that chance to be a part of something I really wanted.”

 

(On if they wasted a lot of opportunities in the game against LSU this season)

“It was a real good game. They have a lot of good player just like we do and we just fell short. This time around I feel like everyone absolutely knows everything they are going to do. Just from watching film I feel like we got a lot of good read and we have a real good game plan so we just have to go out and execute.”

 

(On how it helps that a lot of players have been in a championship setting before)

“It helps a lot, that comes with leadership and veterans and a lot of guys know how to go out and practice and how to go about things. We are going to step up as leaders on the team and we are going to get after it.”


LSU Team Arrival - Player Quotes

Full videos of Coach Saban’s and Coach Miles’ arrival press conferences are be available on www.allstatesugarbowl.org under the “Media” tab and “BCS Quote Central”.
 
LSU Head Coach Les Miles
(Opening Statement)
“We took a couple of days off, had a short practice today, and loaded the buses and went to New Orleans. I can tell you, you remember the drive in and you recognize that [Hurricane] Katrina was not long ago. I remember the memories as I traveled the city one of my first times and really found out how important to this city that LSU was here. We had a great experience obviously; we finished with a victory. The attachment to this city is one that this team really feels. As I drive in again I’m reminded of it. It’s very unusual – we had a helicopter following the bus. I wondered really what they were trying to get because we were going to make it I think. The privilege, the fans and friends of LSU stopped and waved – how kind, how sweet, how wonderful for our team.”
(On keeping the younger players focused)
“Well, you describe it I think with athletes [they] seem to understand it more a little earlier in their career. I think this team has had that. In other words, it started in a dome. They played on national television on a grand stage. Really week after week – let’s go to West Virginia, let’s go to Mississippi State, let’s go to Tennessee. Certainly, they have played a number of great, nationally ranked teams. I think they know how to remove distraction. I think they understand it. I think they’re encouraged on that stage as well.”
(On handling having fun and playing the game)
“I asked my unity council and here’s what they said: ‘Coach, we don’t want curfew.’ Come in early and it’s all about the game. It’s all about preparing and getting ready so I’ve really let them lead. I asked and they said no that’s good. We have a very, very early curfew comparatively to other bowls that we’ve attended. The celebration is maybe put off for a while.”
(On if wrapping up the season in New Orleans is fitting)
“There’s no other place we wanted to play. I promise you that at the very beginning of this year really as early as when our team voted to accept the Oregon game and play Oregon early in the year, they really pointed at this game. They wanted to qualify for this game. It was a feeling that the staff, that the team had really all along. For us, there’s no other place for us to play. This is right where we needed to be.”
 
LSU WR Rueben Randle
(On arrival in New Orleans)
“We had a great entrance to town and it is great to see our fans here.  Our fans are definitely excited for the game and that got us more excited.  We have been anxious to get here, but now we are here and we’ve got a few more days to get prepared.”

(On preparations for the game)
“We still have a few days to prepare.  We will get the game plan right.  We still have a few days remaining to stay focused and we know we have a job to do while we are here.”

 (On the trip from Baton Rouge)
“Everybody was kind of sitting back and relaxing and taking in the moment.  It is a once in a lifetime moment and we wanted to enjoy it.”

 (On staying focused)
“We will stay focused on the things we have been working on the last couple of weeks.  We will keep practicing hard and not let any outside distractions get in the way.  We know what we need to accomplish.”


LSU RG Will Blackwell
(On where he was when LSU won the title four years ago)
“I was here. I was with the team. I was on the sideline. I was in the middle of the celebration and it’s something we are trying to do again.”

(On what he remembers about home field advantage playing in 2008 BCS national title game in New Orleans)
“Just the fans. It’s about an hour from Baton Rouge so a lot of our faithful are going to be down here. If we can’t play this game in Tiger Stadium, the only place we’d rather play it is here.”

(On if the home field advantage is only during the game or if it’s during the week too)
“We have a lot of people from Louisiana and New Orleans, and we’re familiar with the [Mercedes-Benz] Superdome. I think it adds a little bit of comfort knowing that your fans can travel to the game. It’s a place you’re familiar with so hopefully we’ll use it to our advantage this week.”

(On what this week leading up to the game is going to be like)
“A lot of media, a lot of interviews, practice and some team events. We are just glad to get to New Orleans. We have been in Baton Rouge all semester and we’re looking for a change of scenery. We’re glad to finally get down here.”

(On the break between the SEC Championship game and the BCS Championship game)
“It’s been tough. You get used to playing every week. It’s hard to stay focused at times but our coaching staff has done a great job of keeping us focused.”

(On the reception when the team got off the bus tonight)
“It was tremendous. They had a band outside and fans were holding signs. It was a great thing to see.”

(On if this team is better since the last game versus Alabama)
“I would say we are better. We’ve played four games since then and we’ve worked on a lot of things, our miscues. We’ve gotten a lot better at some things. Having these practices and this camp-like atmosphere these last few weeks has really helped this team and we look forward to the end of the season on Monday.”


LSU S Eric Reid
(On his Twitter messages sent from the bus)
“I was just talking about how excited I was for the game to finally to be here. This is the goal we set at the beginning of the year. We have been working hard to get here and we have one game to go.”

(On if LSU played their best against Alabama earlier in the season)
“That is for other people to talk about. When we are in a meeting room, we know we have to execute. We made mistakes last game that we know we have to get corrected. We will go out and give it our best shot this time too.”

(On LSU’s red zone defense)
“We pride ourselves on trying to keep the other team out of the end zone. When it gets close to the goal-line, we know we have to turn it up and stop them.”

(On waiting for this game for five and a half weeks)
“I took advantage of it because I was hurt and dinged up. I took the opportunity to get healthy. I will be ready for the game.”

(On containing Trent Richardson)
“Hopefully our defensive line will get some penetration. That way, he won’t make it to the second level. If we can stop him in the backfield that would be great.”

(On the team’s early curfew)
“This is a business trip for us. We came in for one reason, to win a National Championship. It’s not fun unless you win the game. It doesn’t make sense to go out late at night to just be tired and not focused at practice. As a team, we decided to get in bed early. That way, we can get it done.”
 

LSU SS Brandon Taylor
(On the bus ride to New Orleans)
“It was actually a long bus ride. It was worth it because we are coming to a great city. We are happy to be here and ready to get to work.”
(On the mood being that of a business trip)
“This is a business trip for us. There is no playing around. We do have a job that we are coming here to do. We are on a mission.”
(On the amount of time between games)
“It was a long process. We are here now and that makes it better practicing and knowing that in a couple of days we will be playing in the biggest game in the country.”
(On the helicopter following the team bus)
“We actually found out before we left. It’s exciting because none of us had ever seen anything like that. We saw it out the window and tried to wave. It is exciting because that shows how big the game is.”
(On the advantage of the game being in New Orleans)
“We have this whole state behind us. A lot of people love LSU down here. The Saints are home too, so that’s going to make it even more fun.”
(On how prepared LSU will be after five and a half weeks)
“We will be very prepared, just as Alabama will. We know that they have great coaches and players over there. They are playing for the same thing that we are playing for, a National Championship. We have to go out there and dominate, play hard and give it all we have and we will see who wins at the end.”