NIU-UT Martin Postgame Quotes

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NIU vs. UT Martin -  September 8, 2012


Dave Doeren - Northern Illinois Head Coach


On playing hard in the second half…

“I like the way the guys flew around in the second half.  We challenged them at half time.  I think their receiver (Quentin Sims) only had 40 yards in the second half, and two of them were on one-handed catches with guys in tight coverage.”


On NIU’s offensive pace…

“Not really.  I was telling them to slow down actually.  We were going fast.  I was concerned about how many snaps we took last week defensively – we played 80-some snaps.  So once we got the lead, I was trying to get them to slow them down.  We had 75 snaps – could have had 85 easily.  In the second half, I was on the headset telling them to slow it down.  Just trying to get these guys off the field.  We have a physical game coming up with Army, and I wanted to make sure we had enough rest.  Especially after the game we just played.”


On red zone defense…

“We’ve been stingy in the red zone this year.  It’s the second game in a row.  With Iowa, they were down there four times and had no touchdowns.  We worked a lot in the offseason defensively on different coverage schemes and different ways to play tighter.  To take away star receivers down there.  Obviously it’s paid off. They were one out of four in red zone scores.  To me, that’s what it’s all about.  If you can keep touchdowns off the board.  We need more takeaways; that’s something we continue to harp on.  But it says a lot about your mental toughness as a team.”


 

 


On the offensive line…

“I’ll have to study the film.  I was disappointed that we gave up a three-man rush sack, but when you run for 200 yards and throw for 200 yards, there’s a lot of good things happening up front.  I know Leighton (Settle) had some gaping holes to run the ball through; there were some huge, gaping holes at times on our zone play.  I think those guys are going to continue to improve.  I love how they fight and battle, just from watching the film.”


Jason Simpson – UT Martin Head Coach

Opening statement…

“Obviously disappointed in the loss. I didn’t think we played up to our capability, but give Northern credit. I thought they were more physical than we were. I thought, at times, they were more disciplined than we were. Give them credit. They tackled a little bit better than we did. They got points in the red zone, so I take my hat off to them. I wish them good luck the rest of the year. “

On differences between Memphis and NIU….    

“I’m very impressed with the team we just played. They’re very physical. The speed was a little bit different tonight than what it was last Saturday when we played.  The speed was a lot different than last week.  At some positions, I think we might have been outmatched, but I was proud of my kids. We fought, and we had some chances.” 


On NIU getting out to a 21-0 lead…

That wasn’t a whole lot of fun.  I compliment the crowd.  It was a good environment.  It was the first time I’ve been here, of course.  Ryan Nielsen, their defensive line coach, was here two years ago and he told me it was a good environment.  I’m very impressed.  I tip my hat off to the environment here. You guys do a good job with it.” 

“We fought back. We had a few chances. We missed two field goals to the right. We throw the little throw back to the quarterback and he fumbled it through of the endzone. I’d like to think we could have made a game out of it, but we didn’t get it done.” 


On NIU’s offensive tempo…

“They do a nice job. That really is a good, fast tempo, especially being physical and the unbalanced and the motions. That’s a good program. They won eleven games last year. “


On impressions of NIU QB Jordan Lynch…

“He’s very tough, very physical.  It was fun watching the Iowa game last week.  He’s just a tough player.  He’s very big; obviously bigger than a lot of the opponents we play.  You saw tonight that they got the run game going and we lost our eyes a couple times in the safety position and guys were running free down the middle of the field.”

“There are different ways to throw the ball. You don’t have to drop back all of the time. They’re finding their little niche of what their quarterback is and who they are.” 


On NIU’s physical play…

“We got knocked around pretty good tonight. Some guys got banged up. We had three that had to come out that the doctors pulled with concussions. Those linebackers and those safeties for NIU are rock’em sock’em. They get downhill.”


NIU Player Quotes


Jordan Lynch

On his confidence after two games…

“Playing in this offense, there are tons of guys around me – Leighton (Settle), Martel (Moore), Perez (Ashford), Tommylee (Lewis). They make me right most of the time. We just threw a few bubble screens today and they went for 15 yards. They helped me out a lot and, when that starts to happen, it leaves the box empty for a quarterback run. The offensive line’s doing a good job.”

On transitioning to a new offensive coordinator…

“Coach (Mike) Dunbar has cancer, so Coach (Rod) Carey took over and I thought he did a good job. Mixing it up, throwing more bubbles, more screens. They didn’t run me a lot today and we gave the load to Leighton (Settle), who did a heck of a job. And, like I said, the offensive line blocked their butts off.”

On his comfort level in the offense…

“I feel good. I feel I have a good grasp of the offense and limit it to one turnover per game. The interception, I should have thrown it away. I could have done some things better, but I think I have a good grasp of the offense.”

 

Leighton Settle

On rushing for his first career 100-yard game…

“Like Coach (Doeren) said, the offensive line blocked great, as well as the receivers. It’s the running back’s job to find the holes and make something out of it. That’s what happened.”

 
Jimmie Ward

On forcing turnovers…

“Every day, the coaches were on us about getting a turnover and make a big play.”