ECU Head Coach Postgame Quotes
Oct. 16, 2011
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeil Post Game Quotes
Q. Talk about the play of your team in the second half.
I was very proud of the team for the entire game. You asked me about starting quick, and what would happen. The biggest thing was staying enthusiastic and excited. I was very proud of the group, very proud of the poignant leaders on special teams. I thought our captains did a great job of leading our team, and I was very proud of our coaches. Credit is given where credit is due. I was proud of my guys; they worked extremely hard. We had a good week of practice and it carried over into the game.
Q. Did you sense a change in your players' demeanors after the team took the lead in the third quarter?
Well, you know, having success is a big boost. I've talked about it before. Last week, we faced a Houston team that had a lot of confidence, and when you're winning, it gives your team confidence. You understand the significance of it. I thought it was very important for this football team to have success. I thought it was very important for us as a program.
Q. Talk about the performance of the offense, which scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.
I'm very proud of the offense. The offensive line is where it starts. That's a unit that has been patched together if you look at the injuries on down. They were young anyway, from the beginning, but I'm very proud of that group and how they stayed together. Brandon Jones did a great job at halftime getting those guys on the same page. (Memphis) ran the same plays and maneuvers in the second half, and we were able to pick them up.
Q: Dominique Davis looked more comfortable in the second half. What did you do differently?
A: Well, you know, on the run game particularly, our kids did a good job. We did much
better upfront. Those are five guys that have to almost play like a basketball team.
Those guys did good. It was the first game for Josh (Clark) at center. Jordan (Davis)
had played it all summer and all camp, but he moved to guard today. That doesn't seem
like a big move, but it was a big move for those guys. I thought it took them the first half
to get their continuity, and I was very proud of the half-time adjustments and the way
they played in the second half.