Nov. 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Postgame quotes following Maryland's 41-14 loss to No. 10 Florida State Saturday afternoon.
Head Coach Randy Edsall
"First of all I want to congratulate Florida State. That is an outstanding football team that we played today. You can see why they have the ranking they have and the defense that is number one in the country. They are an outstanding football team.
"I thought that Kevin Dorsey had an outstanding game today for us. It was great to see as a senior to have those two touchdown catches, one of which on the fourth down play. He was able to break out and get into the sight line of Shawn [Petty]. Shawn scrambled and made a nice play there at the end.
"Kenny Tate came up big for us today with three sacks. Joe Vellano is a guy who gives you everything he has. You guys just don't know how bad he is hurting. Him going out there tells you what kind of warrior he is. It was nice to honor all the seniors today. The one thing I told the team at the end of the game was that we would have had to play a perfect game to win. We went down seven to nothing and then fumbled and the next thing you know its 14-0 and we fumbled again, 17-0. To put yourself in that hole it's very tough to come back from. Our guys kept fighting and battling. We will get ready for next week."
On Kevin Dorsey:
"Kevin has worked all season. He has worked hard in practice and gone out in the games and done his thing. To get to see him get two touchdowns is a good thing. We wish he had two in a winning situation. He is a leader, he is a captain. He doesn't point his fingers; he just goes about his business and keeps working. That is what you do. Good things happen to good people. When you do the things people ask you to do you will be rewarded and today it was nice to see him get those two touchdown catches."
On Florida State's pass rush:
"We knew they were pretty good, that wasn't a surprise to us. We just didn't block them. We tried to chip them and do some different things. Those two guys [Cornellius Carradine and Bjoern Werner] will be playing on Sunday without a doubt. They will be real high first-round draft choices. Give credit to them, they are good players. We didn't do a good enough job of blocking. Sometimes you need to get rid of the ball a little bit faster. With the situations we were in you can't take sacks you have to let the ball go. That is what we are dealing with a young man. Shawn [Petty] is trying and he isn't going to be perfect with the situation and what we have asked him to do."
On the team's mistakes early in the game:
"You can't give Florida State that many points early on. With what we have to try and do offensively we can't play from behind like that. It makes it hard. We can't shoot ourselves in the foot and turn the ball over. We have to make people go the distance and go 75 or 80 yards. When you give them a short field like we did it puts a lot of pressure on your defense. Florida State will cause you to have some of those mistakes. We had some drops today that hurt us in critical times too. Give them credit, but we didn't execute as well as I thought we could have executed today."
On getting the team emotionally ready:
"It hasn't been hard [getting them ready]. The players have come in and done everything we have asked from a coaching standpoint. We've taken a look at the personnel that we have and have designed schemes and plays to match the personnel. We have had to pair some things down, but as far as the players go, they have come and worked hard every day. I would like to see us decrease the number of times we shoot ourselves in the foot, which includes just securing the ball, not turning it over, and executing blocks a little bit better. As far as the players' effort and attitude, I don't think there has been a problem with getting them motivated or ready to play and work. The more challenging part is coming up with the game plan in terms of how much we can do."
On the future of the program:
"I think we are going in a great direction. I really appreciate the fans coming out today. That was a nice tribute to [our players]. We can't control all of those things that happen with all of the injuries, but it is what it is and we are who we are. There are a lot of young guys out there making plays with some older guys who have lots of experience. With the players that we have redshirted and recruited, I hope we can stay healthy. We have some very talented players that can go out and put more points up on the board and take some pressure off the defense. It takes some time to build a football program, but all these young guys are getting experience and are going to be so much better and stronger next year due to all the adversity this year."
On Kevin Dorsey's touchdown reception:
"[On his first catch], I told him that I was happy for him. He's a competitor and it's been tough on him because he hasn't had as much productivity this year that he would have liked. On senior day, you get a chance to be out there with the kids before the game to thank them and tell them how much you appreciate all their hard work. It's always emotional, but I think Kevin's a really special kid."
Freshman Quarterback Shawn Petty
On Kevin Dorsey's performance:
"He was great. He always goes out there and is ready to play. Whenever the ball is thrown his way, he takes advantage. He had two touchdowns and I think those were his only two touches, so he made big plays. He's a big-play receiver, so if you get the ball in his hands, he's going to do something with it."
On the team's fight:
"We're never going to quit. We're always going to play all four quarters. We fight for 60 minutes; it's part of our motto. Every play is a battle. We're not going to give up just because the other team is up. We're going to always keep fighting. We're not going to lay down for anyone."
On the mood in the locker room:
"Coach said it's the last home game, but we still have another game. We're ready to move on to North Carolina. Everyone is sad that this is going to be our last game at home, in Byrd Stadium, but we just need to prepare for North Carolina."
Senior Tackle Justin Gilbert
On the start of the game:
"Obviously that's now how you want to start a game, but as an offense we just have to fight through that. We needed to put drives together in the beginning, but we didn't do that, so you saw the outcome in the end."
On the mood in the locker room:
"Everyone was pretty down, especially since it's the seniors' last game at home. That's not how you really want to go out, but guys are just upset. This isn't really the season we were looking for. There was a lot of adversity. Hats off to the team for fighting all year and we have one more and we're going to get ready just as hard as we have every other week for UNC. We're going to go out and play our game."
On Kevin Dorsey's performance:
"That was really good for Dorsey. I've been here just as long as him and I was happy for him. The receivers have been doing a great job on the edge, blocking. They're always helping us out with the run game, so to see him go out with two scores like that was pretty cool. I was really happy for him."
On the future:
"Coach Edsall definitely has things on the right track. We have a lot of skilled guys that are coming back. We have guys coming back from injuries. We are losing some guys in key positions, but we have guys who can back them up. I'm really excited to see these guys next year. It's going to be a very good football program."
Senior Wide Receiver Kevin Dorsey
On senior day:
"It felt good having my family out there. Just knowing they were the ones who got me here through all the trials and tribulations, like my foot injury. They stuck by me and kept my head straight. To have them out on the field one last time felt good."
On the mood in the locker room:
"It's true, a bowl is no longer a possibility, but at the same time we're not giving up and you may have noticed through the entire season, we might not be able to put the first half together, but we always come back that second half. That's been a testament to the team. We're not going to give up. Regardless of if we're able to go to a bowl, we're going to go out and try to get a fifth win."
Senior Defensive Back Eric Franklin:
On senior day:
"Of course we wanted to go out on our last home game and play hard and win, and all of our guys came out and played hard for the seniors. They fought to the last second for us. I have enjoyed myself here for the past four years and I have learned a lot."
On going down early in the game:
"It was really hard to get down early and expect to fight back easily. We made it hard for ourselves today. Our mistakes kept piling on top of each other and it hurt us in the end. We shot ourselves in the foot and we couldn't come back from it."
On the future of Maryland football:
"I think the future is very bright for Maryland. We have a lot of talented and young kids playing for us. They are definitely on the rise for next year."
Senior Linebacker Kenneth Tate:
On senior day:
"I was thinking about the last four years and playing my hardest for the other seniors on the team. Today was an emotional day. I felt like it was finally my time, and it is the last time I will even play on this field and in this stadium. I was appreciative of all the fan support, and I was happy to go out and leave it on the field."
On emotions of the day:
"There is nothing like playing in front of your fans. I just wanted to give my all for them. I am always happy when Terp nation shows their support for us. We go out every day and work hard for the fans. We try and give them the best show we can put on and fight for them."
On future of younger players:
"The freshmen and sophomores have great capabilities, and I try to tell them that all of the time. They will have a great team next year. I won't be here, but I will be a big supporter and help them in any way they need. They just need to go out and play, especially because of the adverse experiences we have had to play with this year. It is a good learning experience for them."
Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano
On looking back on this season:
"All of our guys fought hard all season long. We have great coaches and great players and it was awesome having such a good experience the past year. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to play with on my senior day. I have a lot of memories, and I love playing in Byrd Stadium. I am defiantly going to miss this place."
On Kenneth Tate's play:
"Kenny has always shown up in every game, and he got rolling there for a little bit today. He made a couple of really great plays. He made a big stop on a first down which was a great help. He has been playing great all season. He has great leadership on and off the field."
Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher
"I'm very proud of our team. To come out on the road and get the [ACC] Atlantic Division championship was great. I'm very proud of the way we started the football game, thought we started very dynamically on offense. The big special team's turnover set the tone and we were able to convert right after that. They're a good defensive football team. They brought every blitz known to man. Our defense played very well. I didn't like the opening drive of the second half, the defense was stagnant. That's how you let teams back in the game. Good win on the road, very efficient. We'll take it. We're 10-1 and I'm very proud of our kids. First goal was to win the division, now we have to play the Florida game, and then we'll get in the ACC Championship game and see where that goes. Still got a lot of work to do. We didn't finish this as clean as we wished to. Those young guys that get in the game need to learn to focus and finish, but a good performance and I'm happy with it."
On the running game:
"We just got back to fundamentals. We got good angles and we were being efficient what we were doing...We knew they were going to constantly bring pressure. They're a blitzing team, and we knew it. They're very much like Virginia Tech. A lot of the same things, and our kids adjusted better."
On Devonta Freeman:
"Devonta practices hard...he runs hard. The thing about Devonta is that he has great balance and he plays with great leverage. He's a short guy, but not a little guy."
On Stefon Diggs:
"I loved that kid in recruiting. We tried to get that guy. I think he's a very strong and athletic guy. I think he's really a special player."
On the Florida game:
"That's why you come to Florida State, to play in a game against a school with the history and tradition of Florida. Those are the rivalry games that you take pride in. It's a very important game for them and us. If they were 1-10 and we were 1-10 it would be a very important game. It's one of the great rivalries in college football."
On the defense:
"They played well. I wasn't very pleased with the second half. They gave up too many yards, and the opening drive was ridiculous, but they dominated the first half. That was a little focus issue. You've got to learn how to focus the whole time, but our defense was dominate. They played really good football. They're a great defense and they have been all year."
Florida State Redshirt Senior Quarterback EJ Manuel
On starting quick on offense:
"It was huge. I said that earlier in the week - the fact that it was an away game - we wanted to come in here and get a defining drive early in the game. That was it for us."
On the running game:
"Obviously the run, seeing as we didn't run the ball well last week, coming out here and doing it against these guys and doing it this week was really good going into the next game."
On being No. 1 in the division:
"It's great. It's a great accomplishment, but I think right now we're still focused knowing that we have more games to win. I think we'll be able to celebrate everything at the end of the year. It's a great accomplishment, but we're looking to next week."
Florida State Sophomore Running Back Devonta Freeman:
On improving the running game after Virginia Tech:
"We didn't like that feeling, so we knew had to come through on Monday. We just had to get better at running the ball. We just wanted to play better - it was a nasty taste. So we just had to do what we had to do to get out of that situation."
On improving personally:
"I just went out there and was like, `I want the ball.' Every time I get the ball, I just make sure I have it. I don't let any one man get me down. I just feel like I did my job."
Florida State Junior Wide Receiver Kenny Shaw
On scoring on the first drive:
"It was very big because it gives us confidence. In the past few games, we struggled a little bit on offense. Getting in that end zone, it just showed we can do it on any drive."
On locking up the division:
"We're very excited. That's one of our goals, but then again, we've got this game coming um [next week] against our rival, Florida. We're going to focus on that first and then we can go up to Charlotte. This has been one of our goals since camp time."