Football Postgame Quotes at UTSA

Sept. 28, 2013

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Head Coach Tony Levine
Opening Statement
“Another good win for the program. I was just talking to the student-athletes that this is another great team victory. This is an excellent football team that we just played and a great crowd on their part and a great crowd on our part. I certainly appreciate the students making the drive down because that gave us a push in the second half. Offense, defense, special teams all played a great role. I thought we did a great job offensively. Certainly guys made plays, but we did not turn the ball over. I think going into this game we were plus six in the turnover margin, and we came out of this one an additional plus five, so that puts us at plus 11 for the season. 

“Defensively, we didn’t accomplish creating turnovers in the first half and a lot of that has to do with Eric Soza and their offense. He is a veteran quarterback. He does a great job getting the football out and he is very active. So what we talked about at the half is that we need to create turnovers on defense. Certainly we got those five special teams, and Richie Leone did a nice job, I know he missed a field goal but on his punts we were able to pin them back three times inside the 20. I thought the turning point of the game, in my opinion, was the blocked field goal by B.J. Singleton. We have been changing up our block schemes week to week and we showed them a look that they haven’t seen and it came through. We made it a 10-point swing right there. I think they would have tied it had they made that, but instead Brandon Wilson returns it and we are up by 10. Again, a great win. We have played four and won them all. We just need to stay focused and I believe our team will. Our coaches have done a great job taking it day by day and we will continue to be consistent with our message. We are going to go into this bye week to get a couple more guys healthy, and be ready for a good Memphis team here in two weeks.”

On the changes made to the defense that allowed for four turnovers in the fourth quarter
“We changed a few looks up. Everyone in that program, when you look at their depth chart, are juniors and there aren’t very many junior college transfers. These guys have been in the program three or four years and have grown up through that system and have been in the offensive and kicking game together. We felt like going into this game we had to change a couple of looks up and be more multiple that we probably have been. With the way that we were flying around defensively, good things were going to happen. I feel like Coach Gibbs and our defensive staff this season have done a fantastic job making the necessary adjustments.” 

On what was said in the locker room at the half
“I know I said that I wouldn’t use the term ‘young’ a year ago, and maybe I lied a little bit because we have got some youth in that locker room and we have to be positive at halftime. That is what our philosophy has been this year. We have to put pressure on them early in the week and as it gets toward Thursday, Friday and Saturday we have to be positive regardless of any adversity we are facing. Again, 21-21 is not adversity because that is a good football game, and we knew this would be a 60-minute game. At halftime we told our offense that we have to continue to take care of the football and make plays; we have to cut out the penalties pre-snap that put us in a first-and-long. Defensively, continue to run around and tackle and good things will happen. We had to create turnovers, and that made the difference in the football game.” 

On the possibility of a rivalry between Houston and UTSA
“This is a program that, while it is only a few years old, has done a great job building it the right way from the ground up. This is an outstanding stadium for college football. I think it is great for both programs being so close, I’d love to play them every year. As far as a rivalry, with how new their program is, it may be premature to talk that. I know and recruited a number of those kids, and the majority of their roster is from the state of Texas. So we would certainly love to play them every year; I think as far as rivalry, that was a good football game today.”

Xavier Maxwell, Sr., WR
On his second touchdown catch
“I wasn’t expecting a tipped ball, but I just played it off his hands. I saw him in the area, so I just braced myself to look for a tip and I got it. It was a good play.”

On the mid-air adjustment to catch his first touchdown pass of the game
“I just had to make the play. That was a routine play that I make in practice. Just catch the ball, touch it and score it.”

On the difference between the bad start to the season last year and the 4-0 start this year
“To be honest, we just look at it one game at a time. Of course we are happy with a good start and being 4-0, but we are just looking forward to the next game, the next opportunity to get better and to showcase our talents.”

On the defense’s ability to step up in the fourth quarter
“It’s motivation. Seeing those guys go out there to compete and perform at a high level and get excited after big plays kind of makes the offense want to get going and put all the bad stuff aside. It is just like practice, we have to go out there and line up and play football."

Deontay Greenberry, So., WR
On being in a rhythm to his third consecutive big game
“I wouldn’t say rhythm, but I would say that we heavily executed the plays that we know.”

On being in a dog-fight at first, then coming up on big defensive plays in the fourth
“When the offense is on the sideline watching the defense, we hope they get good stops. Our defense is pretty good, so we just waited it out and knew that they were going to make the plays.”

On his wide-open touchdown catch
“I had to throw a little jelly on him, but it was a good play by John. He had to scramble out then he found me and it was a good play. It’s no more difficult to make a play like that, I just caught the ball. We do that in practice everyday.”



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