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They Said It – Florida-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La -- Postgame soundbites following Florida's 17-6 loss to LSU. 

First, Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy on LSU's pressure, the offense "shooting themselves in the foot" and a little more.

 

Right guard Jon Halapio

On the playcalling…

“I mean, Tyler didn’t have enough time. You know, he can’t pass the ball if we can’t protect, and that’s all on our shoulders.”

On the team’s 4-2 record and moving forward…

“Yeah, the East is still wide open. But right now we got to focus on us. We got to fix what we got – we got issues ourselves, so we got to fix our issues, or all those goals don’t mean anything.

Coach Will Muschamp 

On quarterback Tyler Murphy’s performance…

“I think we’ve gotta protect better. We had too many free runners at the quarterback. They did a nice job of pressuring us. We had too many times that he had too many guys in his face. We’ve gotta get him more time. I want to watch the film, but my initial thought is there was too much pressure.”

On kicker Frankie Velez…

“Frankie’s been a guy that-- We just open competition. We play the best players, regardless of who they are, if they’re a walk-on or whoever it is. He kicked the best this past week in practice. We traveled him for the first time for an away game and he did a fantastic job.”

On his post-game message to the team…

“Still everything’s sitting on the table as far as Atlanta is concerned. We need to take care of the SEC East. It’s wide open. It’s all in our hands. We just need to watch the tape and improve from this Saturday.”

Linebacker Michael Taylor

On the loss…

“Like after we lost to Miami, we said all of our goals was in front of us. This is an SEC team, a rivalry team, a team that we damn sure wanted to beat. But they’re not in the East, luckily. We’ve got all our East opponents ahead of us. I know we’re capable to beat all of them, so that’s what we’ll have to do.”

On Jeremy Hills’ 121 yards rushing… 

“We got beat in the front seven. They beat us at the line of scrimmage, at the point of attack, and that’s how you run the ball. Getting leverage on the other team, beating them at the point of attack, that’s what they did on a lot of plays.”

Quarterback Tyler Murphy

On so many short throws…

“They were kind of forcing us to go there because they were pressuring and then when they didn’t pressure, they tried to keep everything in front of them. We tried to nickel and dime them.”

On the defense’s performance…

“The defense did a great job. To only give up 17 points to an explosive offense like that and there were a few calls here and there where they might have even held them to less points. As an offense, we just need to get better and find ways to get the ball in the end zone.”

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger

On LSU’s offense…

We were so dominant up front running the ball. … Our offensive line is pretty outstanding.”

On the win…

“There was a lot of talking leading up to this game. We just wanted to remind Florida who we were, and I think the offensive line really played great. If we can keep playing like this week in and week out and execute a little better in the passing game, we’re going to be very tough to beat.”

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