Northern Illinois 27, Akron 10 --- Postgame Quotes

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Oct. 31, 2009

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Northern Illinois 27, Akron 10
October 31, 2009
Postgame Quotes

Northern Illinois Head Coach Jerry Kill

On getting the victory...

"I'm glad to get the win. We were able to get back-to-back wins, the kids played a hard football game, and we came up with the win. We didn't turn the ball over. I've said all along we got to stop the run and run the ball without turning the ball over. I'm proud of the kids and we have to make a quick turn around and get ready for Thursday."

On containing Akron's kicking game...

"Usually I don't come out on the field during the kicking part of it. I went out on the field and looked at the wind and talked to coach [Jay] Sawvell. We charted where we were going to kick the ball and what we were going to do and we decided to go with Salerno. They have a very good kick-off team. I thought we did everything we needed to do in the kicking game. I felt we did a good job because field position was critical in the game."

On quarterback DeMarcus Grady....

"We know DeMarcus can run the football. He is very good at reading the read-zone play. He throws the short game well. I think the big thing is the learning curve from Week One to Week Two. He checked a lot of things on the line of scrimmage, and I think a lot of people wouldn't do that as a young kid. He's been persistent and hardworking. We're just trying to utilize his talents as much as we can right now."

On closing the drive...

"If you stay the course in what you are doing and you are having success in doing what you are doing, eventually something good will happen. We really didn't deviate off what we were doing. I just kept saying that sooner or later we're going to make a play. Chad stepped up and made a great play. It was a heck of a run. He's been a strong running back for us and that, to me, was the play that got us going. That was a tremendous run."


 

 

On wearing down Akron's defense...

"I think we possibly wore them down. They've had some injuries like us. What helped us today is we had Nabal Jefferson step up and make some plays. Sooner or later you run out of depth and I think they ran out of some depth. It's hard to play when you lose that much depth. I think in the fourth quarter we seemed to have a little more juice then they did. When you run the ball and you lean on someone for three quarters, that physicality will wear you down in the fourth. You see a lot of teams just go crazy when it comes to the fourth quarter, and I think a lot of it has to do with wearing the defense down."

Akron Head Coach J.D. Brookhart

On their defense...

"We're not running to score points. The defense is playing hard and getting worn down in the end."

On the first half compared to the second half...

"The first half was a difficult half, we really underperformed. The second half obviously got better, but it didn't translate into points, so it's frustrating."

On Akron's quarterback situation...

"We will continue to progress. He has a long way to go, but I think he's going to be a really good player."

On NIU's performance...

"I give credit to Northern. I think it's difficult to defend what they're doing with their run game. A number of games really wore our defense down."

On the 80-yard halfback touchdown pass...

"The halfback pass was a huge play, a real shift in momentum. It really felt at that point that we were in pretty good shape. Obviously it was going to be a tight ball game until the end, but it stopped after that."

On Northern Illinois' running game...

"You've got a quarterback (that runs) that changes things. You have to respect the pass, but you have to commit to the run."

Northern Illinois Running Back Chad Spann

On 28-yard touchdown run in 4th quarter...

"We are a big running team and everyone on the sideline said we needed to get the running game going. DeMarcus and I decided we had to pick it up and get the offense moving. It was a third and short and we were just trying to get the first down but I got some great blocks downfield from our wide receivers. Landon Cox really helped get a defender off of me and I made a play. Those wide receivers don't get enough credit for what they do."

Northern Illinois Quarterback DeMarcus Grady

On controlling the offense...

"Coach just told me to play hard, not to think too much, play my game and just react. I just took what the defense gave me."

On throwing in windy conditions...

"The wind affected my deep throws a lot. I didn't want to baby any throws but then again I didn't want to overthrow anybody either. The wind made a big difference today."

On being a dual-threat at quarterback...

"It is very important to keep the defense guessing. It helps to be diverse when executing our plays."

On rushing for 109 yards...

"I don't pay much attention to that. I just took the lanes the defense gave me. The offensive line played great for me, all the credit goes to them. Without those guys, I wouldn't be able to make those plays."

Northern Illinois Defensive End Brandon Bice

On Akron's 80-yard touchdown pass...

"They ran that quick pitch right before halftime so they set it up pretty well. We gave up a cheap one, but I think it just helped motivate us."