Nov. 30, 2013
HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES
"First of all, I'm very proud of our senior class. The resiliency, the perseverance to send them out with a victory, we always talk about, you'll always remember your last game - everything that these young men have been through and to be able to send them out with a victory, and a victory on the road. We talked about needing to be 1-0 and 1-0 for our football program moving forward with our offseason strength and conditioning program, with recruiting, just momentum going into spring football. I thought our kids really showed up and played winning football. I thought defensively, obviously, the goal line stand and the resiliency they showed tonight. Then we had some big plays offensively. Rajion (Neal) got us started and Jason Croom, who made some big plays for us. We've been really deeply injured at the receiver position. He did break his collarbone, so that did happen with Jason. He'll undergo further examination when we get back to Knoxville."
(On seeking out the seniors after the game on the field)
"They mean so much to our football program and they've been through a lot. We've chronicled it every week and to be able to get a victory on the road was very fulfilling to see that happen for these kids. Like I said, they've been through so much. Someone told me 42 coaches including strength coaches in five years. That's a lot, that's a lot of transition. They've been remarkable in terms of buying in and doing everything we've asked of them. To get this victory was very special to them."
(On Devrin Young)
"I thought Devrin Young played his best football game and he flipped field position in the return game and then the big third down catch over the middle. That's worth seven points on flipping field position. Then the over route on the touchdown was a great catch, it took extreme concentration to make that catch between a couple defenders. It was great to see and that should build a lot of confidence with him as we continue to move forward."
(On the next step for the program)
"The message for them tonight is, when you make big plays, you take care of the ball on offense and you have a mindset to win on the road; you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. We'll enjoy this one, but Monday we're back in the weight room getting ready for next season. I want to continue to stay positive and move forward, but it's expected that we go to bowl games from here on out. That's our goal. We're going to have some time off and take advantage of the time we have moving forward and we'll be back and right into our offseason strength and conditioning program on Monday."
RS SENIOR DL DANIEL HOOD(On how he looks back on his career at Tennessee)
"I have to smile. I feel like we accomplished all of our goals except for the bowl game. I feel really proud to leave the program as it is in Coach Jones hands."
(On being able to put pressure on Kentucky)
"Corey Miller had a great week of practice. He came in and made some great plays against their offensive line. I was impressed and tried to help him in any way I could."
(On what memories he takes from his time at Tennessee)
"The South Carolina victory as well as this victory. I enjoyed spending time with all my teammates and seeing those that went to the NFL. I will always remember the Vol Walk and running through the `T'. Those memories will never leave."
FRESHMAN QB JOSHUA DOBBS(On sending the seniors out with a win)
"It was huge. It was our sole focus. They have been through a lot here at the University of Tennessee, so we made it our sole focus to send them out on top."
(On playing through an injury)
"I got a little beat up, but it just goes along with the game and position. I just wanted to be mentally tough and fight through the injury."
(On being able to score a touchdown on the second play)
"It was huge. We were able to dominate the line of scrimmage all night. It was a great way to start the game with a big momentum run. That is exactly what we needed and were able to get it."
KENTUCKY HEAD COACH MARK STOOPS(Opening Statement)
"All right. Tough way to lock up the season. You know, frustrating loss, but give credit to Tennessee. They played better than us, made plays when they needed to, coached better than us. And so kind of just seems like that's the way most of the year went for us. Had our opportunities and didn't make them. We can all do things better, starting with me, and we intend on doing that. I really appreciate the seniors and the foundation that they laid for this program.
"It's always difficult, probably most difficult for the seniors that come in with a coaching change: A bunch of new coaches, new schemes, new everything, and I thought those guys really handled themselves well. You know, really continued to fight and tried to lead us through the end of the year, so I appreciate those guys. I think, you know, we see it within our program maybe more; it's tough at times. It's frustrating. We know that we are laying a foundation in our program and everybody in that locker room knows that we are going to get back to work here real soon, like Monday, and be ready to go and push forward for the future.
"We are all disappointed with the 2013 season when it comes to the wins and losses, and I take responsibility for that. And I need to do a better job, and all of us will, and we'll continue to keep on grinding and keep on pushing this program. But I know that we did lay that foundation and guys are ready to get back to work and ready to continue to build. We need to continue to recruit some players that could come in and make a difference in this league and we're going to do that."
(On Dyshawn Mobley)
"Dyshawn, I was impressed with him. I really thought I love the way he's playing. He's going all out and it's good to see. He's got great passion for the game. You could see that when he's going down there and busting his hump on special teams and doing all those good things, so I've been pleased with Dyshawn."
SOPHOMORE QB MAXWELL SMITH(On how he thought he played tonight)
"I thought I did all right. I made a couple of bad mistakes and a couple of bad throws, but I thought I did okay."
(On how he would sum up the season)
"I really would just say disappointing. We all felt good going in. We knew we had a tough schedule like I said, so it was disappointing. When you go 2-10 it's obviously disappointing."
(On the play of Dyshawn Mobley)
"We all know he can run the ball really hard. He's got talent, but he has other stuff that he needs to work on and things that he needs to show the coaching staff. He played great. He ran his butt off. He ran really tough, and that's who he is. He goes out everyday on special teams and just balls. He is a baller and tonight he showed that he can play."
DT MISTER COBBLEOn how emotional the night was)
"It was an emotional night. It's been five years with ups and downs and making relationships, especially with Donte (Rumph). After the game, I stopped him and said, `keep your head up, stand on the field, and enjoy it one last time.' We got in the locker room and I just couldn't take my shoulder pads off. I had to keep the jersey on. Before we broke it down, I had to talk to the team and let them know how much I care about them. I hugged everyone. Like I said, it's an emotional day. The best way to end it is hanging with my brothers and that's why I'm here. I love the Big Blue Nation. I love my teammates. I love my brothers."
RB DYSHAWN MOBLEY(On how it felt to put up big numbers tonight)
"I felt great. I told my team at halftime I was going to lay it all on the line. I told them I was going to go out there and have fun."
(On how he felt once he stepped on the field)
"Once I got out there and started playing, it definitely slowed down. "
(On what he needs to work on before next season)
"Go in there in the off season and get better. We know what we need to work on. We have just got to get in there and work hard."