Illinois-Arkansas State Quotes
Sept. 4, 1999
(on the game)
"It was nice to get a lot of the young guys in the game because we will be counting on them later in the season."
(on the offense)
(on the play of quarterback Kurt Kittner)
(on the win)
(on the defense of freshman Marc Jackson)
"I kind of figured when the play was called, that it was going to go to the flat route. I was so open, and (Kittner) just found me and threw it. It felt good. I was pretty excited for about the first 10 seconds. But we still had the whole game to play, so I calmed down pretty fast." Will the tight ends be more involved in the offense this year?
"I hope so. Coach emphasized that he wants to get us the ball more, and that happened today. Hopefully, we'll keep doing it."
"We know we've got a good offense here, good enough to take us all the way to a bowl game. That's the focus around here. Everybody wants to be on a winning team. We want to win, and we know what it takes. They say defense wins games, but you've got to have the offense working, too."
"It feels good that Coach Turner has the faith in me to throw me the ball, and I'm just trying to make plays. I'm really happy about it. I'm trying to go out there and be a team player and make plays for this team."
"It was just a fortunate event where I got the ball and just broke a tackle. We had great blocking during the whole play. It was perfect all-around." What was the best part of the day?
"Scoring. It was just great for me to come in here my first game and score a touchdown. My whole family came down here for the game. It was a great feeling."
"We came out, had our game faces and were ready to go, people were making some plays and then we started not making first downs, and some of us have to start stepping up and we weren't getting it done."
On Illinois Defense
" I thought there front seven was good, their linebackers ran well and the defensive line got off the blocks. There was nothing really special on their defense, and their play was nothing that we weren't expecting."
On Team Attitude Before Game
"We felt confident going into the game, we thought we had good schemes ready, but they hurt us with the big plays. We wanted to make their quarterback beat us, and he made some throws and they deserved to win the game. We knew we had to stop their running game but he (Kitner) was able to beat our corners deep and one on one.
On First Drive
"I felt that we were confident going into the game and after the first series I think we thought we were going to come out and run over them. I think a couple of us started to think we were going to be able to beat them without trying, and a lot of players just gave up.
On the team's play
On the offense
On first-half play