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Alabama Football vs. Western Carolina: Western Carolina Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Mark Speir

Nov. 17, 2012

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Head Coach Mark Speir

Opening statement:

“Well congratulations to Alabama and coach Saban and his staff. Obviously, a great program and a great coaching staff, a bunch of great players and fans. They’re an excellent football team that we could not stop. We can take some positives away…We’re just proud of our players in the second half. When you’re getting into an ugly ball game like that, our players didn’t quit playing, they kept fighting. At halftime we were going to play for 30 more minutes and see where our program is at, in an infant stage where we are trying to build our program. Our players played hard and kept fighting. I’m just proud of them now that our season is done. We will get on to the 2013 schedule on Monday, but just congratulations to Alabama.”

On the speed of Alabama:

“They are impressively strong. You watch film, and both of their lines, seeing them up front and live in person, I can say they are for real. We can use these three hours that we just spent down here. We could just go through it and see the concrete walls and the fans, and look at the big jumbotron. Or you can see what a championship team is really about, what they do here at Alabama with their weight room, and how their coaching staff crosses their T’s and dots their I’s. We can learn a lot here being a first-year program. If you want to be the best you have to play them, and see them live and in color.”

On their scoring opportunity in the first half:

“We tried a little trick play hoping we could catch Alabama off guard, and get 10-12 yards to get a decent position to make a field goal. It didn’t work, and to Alabama’s credit they played sound discipline defense and created a big play.”

#51 Rock Williams, Linebacker

On his impression of playing at Alabama:

“It was an extraordinary opportunity to come out here and play in such a great stadium, against such talented players. It’s the best team I’ve obviously ever played against in my life and it’s the best team I will ever play against. It’s a great opportunity to see what you have when you’re playing against the best. I am just really happy to be here and it was a lot of fun.”

On the size and speed of Alabama:

“When you watch them on film they look big and fast, just like they are in real life. We got to go head up against them today, and they are a really strong team, especially their offensive line. I was really impressed with the overall strength and how much stronger they were than us. It’s one thing you can’t see on film, they definitely are a very strong team.”

On the opportunity to play at a stadium like Bryant-Denny Stadium:

“This is definitely the largest stadium that I have gotten to play in, the second biggest being NC State in Raleigh. It was awesome and a great environment. When the Alabama fans get rowdy, we enjoy that. We don’t get to play in stadiums like this every Saturday like these SEC schools do, so it was a great opportunity to come down here and play at Bryant-Denny.”