NIU FB: Northern Illinois 50, Eastern Michigan 6 - Postgame Quotes

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Nov. 5, 2009

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Eastern Michigan Head Coach Ron English

On the result...

"Our guys just couldn't keep up. You guys had a lot of good plays in the first half that really surprised the football game."

On Chad Spann runs...

"I thought he got to the secondary and we couldn't run him down. You guys were a little faster than we could chase him."

On the quick turn around...

"We are building right now. I feel bad for the university and the players because they want to do well, and we just have to do better as a program. Jerry has done a great job and he is a great guy and I am happy for him. I know our day will come, we just have to keep working on it."

On the early drives...

"Execution hurt us a bit. We played some young receivers that dropped the ball a little bit. Our young quarterback is not consistent going through the progressions, so he hurries a bit at times. He is not seeing the guys he needs to see, and not doing the things he needs to do."

Northern Illinois Head Coach Jerry Kill

On the team's energy...

"We were very excited about the way the youngsters played. They played hard for four quarters, that's what I asked them to do and I thought we played fast. Coming off a short week sometimes you don't know how to handle kids out of practice. We looked like a good, fast football team. I am proud of them and we will enjoy it and get ready for the next one."

On getting off to a quick start...

"I thought it was really important [to get off to a quick start]. You want to get momentum. In pre-game, our kids try to listen and I've seen a good focus in pre-game. I liked our energy before the game, the sideline was very into the game, and with that energy good things happen."

On NIU QB DeMarcus Grady's passing game...

"We had some big plays today. [Eastern] did what I thought they were going to do, they put them all on the line of scrimmage, and if you do that, you have to make them pay. DeMarcus [Grady] did that and got that momentum for us."

On NIU's overall dominance on the stat sheet...

"You just never know what's going to happen, that's why you play the game. We just got momentum going and the kids got excited and we played well. We've got a young team, and like I said with the kids on the sideline, we challenged everyone to be into that game. The team's energy helped us get the win."

On whether becoming bowl eligible with the sixth win will motivate the team...

"The sixth win is important, and now it's really important to get ready for Ball State. Each game is getting more and more important. It's important to focus on what you want, and you can't get distracted with [other] things going on. If we can get the youngsters focused week to week day to day, we've got a chance to be a good football team. That's what we have to do, and we are learning to do that."

Northern Illinois cornerback Tommy Davis

On kickoff return touchdown to start the game...

"All year we've been getting good blocking up front and we've been close to breaking one. I got the ball secured and it got a little cloudy when I ran up in the pile but I broke a tackle and was able to break free. For a second, I thought I was going to go down but they didn't wrap up and I kept my legs moving."

On what this win does for the team's confidence...

"It's a great win but the next game against Ball State is the most important for us. We all played hard and came out with a lot of energy. Everybody was focused and prepared for the game. This win does a lot for us going forward. We can build off of this and learn a lot from this win."

Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann

On his two long touchdown runs...

"The offensive line did a great job up front, as always, and the wide receivers did a great job blocking down the field. Those guys are making it easy and I just had to do my job. My job is to make a play once I get to the second level. I just turned on the speed and tried to beat the defenders to the endzone."

"When the defense brings a lot of guys in the box, there is going to be one defender alone on the outside. That's the guy you have to make a play on and if you do that, it's going to be a good play."

On running for 100 yards in three straight games...

"I have a good rhythm with the offensive line and the wide receivers right now. The wide receivers have put a big emphasis on getting blocks downfield and they are doing a great job right now. My success has really been a whole team effort."

Northern Illinois quarterback DeMarcus Grady

On playing on a Thursday...

"It was fun. Practice was a lot easier. We still practice hard and play fast. Everyone was excited about having a short week. It will help us prepare for next week as well."

On the offense's success tonight...

"It all starts up front. Without the offensive line blocking for us, Chad and I wouldn't be able to take it to the next level and make plays."

On touchdown passes to Landon Cox...

"Those were the plays that were open tonight and we just took advantage."

On throwing the ball downfield tonight...

"We didn't have any wind tonight. I just focused on my throws because you have to throw the ball on offense. I really wanted to come out and make plays throwing the ball down field. I felt very comfortable tonight and the coaches do a great job preparing me. Without them scouting all week, I wouldn't have the good looks I had tonight."

Northern Illinois offensive lineman Trevor Olson

On the offensive line opening big holes in the running game...

"We are all very close on the offensive line. We all hang out outside of football and that chemistry helps on gameday. DeMarcus and Chad have not been getting touched at all lately."

 

 

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