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Virginia vs. Eastern Michigan
Oct. 23, 2010
Virginia Player Quotes

Sophomore running back Perry Jones
On morale of the team following the win:
“This win does a lot of good for us. We have forgotten about the past, and started a ‘new’ season. To us this is the first game of that season, and it is good to get a win.”

On halftime adjustments:
“We know that every team we play is going to come out playing hard in the first half. We just try to play our game then at halftime come in [the locker room] and make adjustments. The defense did a good job, and the offense put a lot of points up in the second half.”

On facing Miami next weekend:
“We have to keep preparing for the game like we have been because they are a good team coming in [to play]. We will prepare this week in practice and take it into the game on Saturday.”

On ‘setting the tone’ with a win:
“[This win] really helps us a lot. We got the crowd excited and we try to come in and play our best game.”

Junior safety Rodney McLeod
On the win:
“It is a very big win. Any win at home is very good. That is something we stressed this offseason, and it is always good to protect your house. Plus, it adds another win to the record.”

On setting the tone with a big win:
“This game really helps us tremendously. It gives us confidence and puts us back on the right track. We hope to build on this win, and focus on Miami next week.”

On halftime adjustments:
“We told each other to promise our teammates that we would come back into the locker room with a victory. I think a lot of guys took that to heart, and set that as the goal and we came out with the victory.”

On facing Miami next weekend
“We will watch the game tape tomorrow, and work on fixing aspects of the defense such as stopping the run. I think this week, with a good week of practice, we will be fine.”

Junior Punter Jimmy Howell
On the fake punt for a touchdown pass:
“We had been running it a lot in practice. The guys were doing such a fantastic job with the blocking giving me enough time to get punts off, so we saw the opportunity and sure enough there you go.”

On the call for the fake punt:
“I was really happy that we called it because it had worked so well in practice. I was thinking ‘what if they don’t rush?’ But it worked out exactly the way it was planned.”

On the throw:
“I wasn’t trying to do anything fancy, I didn’t care how it looked. Some people said it was wobbly, but as long as the ball got in his [Trey Womack] hands I didn’t care.”

Senior Free Safety Trey Womack
On his touchdown reception on the fake punt:
“It’s something that has been in our game plan since summer camp. We were waiting for the right opportunity to call it. We saw the way they rushed and the opportunity presented itself. In high school I ran that play about three times a game, so it was really familiar.”

Junior Defensive Back Chase Minnifield
On how Eastern Michigan attacked the perimeter:
“They had a really good game plan. It’s kind of like a Wildcat [formation], but instead it’s their real quarterback. It’s hard to get out there and defend the edge because they cut a lot of stuff back.”

On his late interception:
“You always try to make a play to seal a game. He threw the ball late and I was able to undercut the receiver and make the interception.”

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