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Virginia vs. Richmond
Sept. 4, 2010
Virginia Player Quotes

Senior safety Trey Womack

On winning the season opener:
“We have been waiting for this a long time, and it is just awesome. We have been working really hard in camp, and the way we play and practice is paying off. But we are not satisfied and we will continue to raise our level every week.”

On the crowd’s reaction to the win:
“It was an awesome experience. It has not been that loud in this stadium in a long time. The noise, excitement, and energy they brought is something we need to have every week. We love that.”

On winning Coach London’s first game:
“We have not won our first game for a long time, and we have worked really hard for this. We have been practicing with Coach London since February for this moment. But like I said, this is not over and we will continue to raise our level of play.”

Junior corner Chase Minnifield
On his long interception play:
“It feels good because it was such a big goal to win this first game. The seniors have not won a season opener since they have been here, so to make a big play for my teammates feels great.”

On winning the season opener:
“We told everyone that this was a huge game for us and it would define our season. “

On the crowd’s reaction to the win:
“It felt good. We knew we had to protect this house, and the fan base is back on board. We are going to give everything we have to protect Scott Stadium.”

On coming together as a team:
“We have practiced really hard since the spring, and we are gaining trust in each other and ourselves. We have a chip on our shoulders, and we are ready to play.”

Senior quarterback Marc Verica
On the long wait:
“I felt pretty good out there, the offensive line was doing such a nice job. The running backs were hitting the holes and the receivers were getting open and making plays when they had to. So as long as all of those things combine it definitely makes my job a lot easier.”

On being comfortable:
“When everything is firing on all cylinders like that and the whole operation is going smoothly and everyone is doing their job, it makes my job much easier so I can settle in and keep the offense going. They did a nice job.”

On how another year of game action benefitted:
“Having played before that is definitely to my benefit, that previous game experience, because you can’t really replicate that in practice. So I think that helped tonight.”

Senior running back Keith Payne
On reason for career day:
“The offensive line was phenomenal. I was just following behind the offensive line. The offensive line played really well today.”

Junior wide receiver Kris Burd
On victory:
“It feels good for everyone. We’re working hard and it’s paying off. The offense-we did a great job today. We executed the plays well. Marc did a great job of keeping everybody calm. It seemed like everything clicked.”

Junior defensive lineman Nick Jenkins
On season-opening win:
“Everybody out there was anxious to play today. Things went well, but we have to get back to work this week and get ready for USC. Hats off to the offense.”

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