Head Coach Postgame Quotes
Oct. 16, 2011
Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter
Vs. East Carolina (Saturday, October 15, 2011)
Opening Remarks First off, I want to tip my hat to East Carolina for playing a 60 minute ball game. They came out in the second half and took advantage of us not showing up, and as a result, they took a win from us. It was obvious to me that we started strong in the first quarter, sustained it in the second quarter and in the second half, we just didn't show up.
When you look at those young backs (Artaves Gibson & Joe Price), they came in and played strong, and did some good things. I thought, in all phases, we did some good things, but we just couldn't sustain it for 60 minutes. I don't think we got much done offensively in the second half. The defense gave up a lot and it got out of hand.
On ECU's half time adjustments Well, we didn't generate any offense to sustain any drives. They got going and got a little confidence, and you could tell.
About the review of the first quarter touchdown that you ultimately had to settle for a field goal Well, certainly we would have liked to have seven (points) as opposed to three, but at the end of the day, we still had four quarters to play. It was early in the game.
What was the officials' explanation of the review after you kicked the PAT? They said that they were given a feed from East Carolina's television station and they got buzzed at the very last minute, before the extra point was kicked.
Talk about the play of Skylar Jones at quarterback and how prepared he was coming into this game
Whether you are playing or not, it is critical to get mental repetitions and be able to process what is going on,
both in the meetings and on the field. With him being a fifth-year senior, he should know how to prepare himself,
simply because you never know when that opportunity is going to present itself.
There were a couple of days, in practice this week, where he got all of the reps at quarterback because we were beat up. He got a lot of repetitions to prepare for this game.
When did you tell him that he would be starting this game? It became obvious to us that our young quarterback (Taylor Reed) wasn't going to be able to go. He didn't practice at all on Tuesday and he didn't practice much on Wednesday, so we didn't feel that it was fair to him, or the team, to ask him go out and play. But, he (Jones) wasn't told until Friday.
Did you feel Skylar Jones' interception was a turning point in the game? I don't know if it was a turning point, but I certainly felt as though it had an impact on the game. We had an opportunity to get their offense off of the field, but we had a roughing the passer penalty. I felt that gave them some momentum and they went from there to go on to score. If we didn't have the penalty, we get them off of the field and we are in position to get the ball and go the other way.