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Chase Minnifield, Defensive Back

On how frustrating it is to lose again:

“It’s a little frustrating, but as a team we’re going to take this as a building stone and go back to work tomorrow. We keep on getting better because obviously our hard work has paid off. I mean, this is the best game of the three.”

On if the heat took a toll on Southern Miss’ running backs getting yards:

“I’m not going to blame it on the heat. We, as a defense, just need to beat blocks.”

On how frustrating it was to give Southern the momentum right back after the half:

“It’s pretty frustrating because we are really trying to focus on special teams this year. We’re not used to that, and we work really hard on special teams at practice everyday so we’ll go see what happened and we’ll work to fix it.”

On what he saw during the 100 yard return:

“We were bringing people in and out because of the heat. We had people cramping and just coming in and out and it just broke.”

On how they felt about the lead before the half:

“When we were in the locker room, we were pretty comfortable as a team. We weren’t going to let up, that was our MO. We were disappointed today, but you’re going to hear from us. We’re not going to stop from there.”

Nick Jenkins, Nose Tackle

On the flow of the game:

“They were a physical team, they played well up front. They hit, but we didn’t match.”

On if they started getting worn down by the end of the game:

No, I don’t think so. Just a couple breaks here and there, but we didn’t come out on top.”

On how 4-5 plays can change a game:

“That’s any week. Foul play here, replay there can change the outcome during the game for sure.”

On how well Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher played:

He’s shifty. He’s good. I have to give a hat off. The kid is a pretty good back.”

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