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UVa vs. Boston College
Nov. 14, 2009
UVa Player Quotes

Freshman Running Back Perry Jones
On getting his first career carries

“Coach told us that whoever had the best week of practice would play, so I came in with my mind set to playing hard to try and help the team. I practiced hard this week, and coach gave me the opportunity.”

On adjusting to the speed of the college game
“Everyone says that game speed is the toughest thing to adjust to in college, so getting experience with special teams before rushing definitely helped a lot. I felt more prepared than if I had been on the sidelines all season.”

On Jameel Sewell playing after limited practice during the week
“I talk to Jameel a lot, and I look up to him. He always tells me to just keep playing and to keep working hard. He is a remarkable person, and I look up to him a lot.”

Junior Tight End Joe Torchia
On progressing as a team
“Coach Groh always talks about coming together as a team, and I think he did a really good job preparing us this week. We have a strong feeling of unity on the team despite the loss, and we just have to grow from here.”

On moving on from the loss
“We can only move forward. We will learn from the mistakes we made, and improve on what we did well.”

On changes in the offense
“There were no real changes, we just have this team-wide feeling of being fed up with losing. We came together today, and still have this feeling of team unity.”

Senior Tackle Nate Collins
On the loss

“It was a close game, and it felt good to have the fans behind our back. Unfortunately it just did not go our way today. We tried our hardest today, but unfortunately it just was not enough.”

On no longer being bowl-eligible
“We just have to pick everyone up and play for pride for the rest of the season. A lot of people will say we have nothing left to play for, but we feel like we have everything to play for. We will go into practice this week and let everyone know that we have to get ready for these games.”

On the difficulty of motivating the team
“It is not hard. The guys on the team that the coaches chose as captains know our jobs, and we will continue to pick guys up. It is not a hard thing to do, and it is exciting to know that guys are feeding off of your energy.”

Freshman Linebacker Billy Shautz
On first career sack:
“We had a great play dialed up and were able to execute well. I was fortunate to be in a position to make a big play.”

On locker room moral:
“We are pretty down right now, but even though we’ve lost a few in a row, we feel like we’ve gotten closer and closer. We have to stay together as a team.”

On making strides:
“We weren’t able to get the win, but there were some things we did well today. We knew coming in that they were a good team, and today they were able to make more plays than we did.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Dontrelle Inman
On making progress as a team:

“The main thing is doing everything as a group. Every player played like it was their last game, mostly for the guys who will graduate. We have to stick together as a unit.”

On offensive progress:
“There were a few plays that we were able to execute well and we moved the ball a little. We didn’t have the success we’d like, and we’ll have to work on consistency.”

On last two games:
“At this point, we’re playing for pride, and we’re playing for each other.”

Sophomore Kicker Robert Randolph
On second miss of the season:
“It’s tough. We weren’t able to execute today, and that kick was an example of that.”

On play of the defense:
“They were able to, like they have all season, step up and make some big plays. The interception return for a touchdown was a great play, and unfortunately we weren’t able to turn it into a win.”

On last two games:
“We are going to have to rally here for the last two games, but we can count on the fact that everyone in that locker room desperately wants to win. We still have pride to play for, but more than that, it’s about playing for your teammates.”

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