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Duke Football Player Quotes
November 6, 2010
Duke 55, Virginia 48

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell

On his two interceptions this afternoon
“We had the perfect play call for the second one. The second basically I act like I’m pressing the ball and then I just run straight down the field when they snap the ball. I was doing that and the receiver just ran straight into me and the quarterback threw it up and I just attacked the ball. On the first one, I don’t even really remember it. I was just so excited to see the ball. I just go out there and I try to make plays the best way I can and the coaches do a great job of putting me in the position to make plays.”

On the win
“It was a great win. The offense definitely stepped it up big time for us. I know I gave up a touchdown on a slant that I shouldn’t have done. Our offense came up big each and every time. Kelby [Brown] was just running the alleys hard. Our linebacker corps in general was all over the field today. I just really appreciate knowing that I can play my position deep and knowing that I’m going to have a lot of help inside.”

On the team congratulating him on an interception in practice during the week
“The scout team ran a post route on me. I jumped the post undercut it and picked it off. As soon as I caught it everybody ran out to me and started patting me on the head because everybody knows what happened to me last week against Navy. I had some chances there. I just want to go out there and make some plays the best way I can to help the team.”

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree

On the victory
“We’ll take the win any way we can get it. No matter how many points you have to score, it’s nice that we can put up points when we need to.”

On some of the hard hits he took
“At times it was tough, but I think overall our offensive line did a real good job. At some points I held the ball for too long and obviously it cost me. But I think I had to take some shots when I needed to.”

The 4th down and 20 play to Donovan Varner
“We just had an all-go concept on. The safeties were wide enough that we were able to get a one-on-one matchup with Donovan [Varner] up the middle. He was able to beat his defender real nicely and made a real good play.”

On his rushing game this afternoon
“That’s something I focused on the last couple of games that when something’s not there in the passing game to not to force it and just run and get as many yards as I can. The receivers did a great job with blocking down field and allowing me to run all the way to the end zone.”

On coming back after falling behind twice
“We’ll come back from whatever we need to. It says a lot about our team to come back like that and keep fighting all the way to the end.”

On the final three games of the season
“We have some good momentum going forward. We’re playing some very good teams, but we’re looking forward to it and look to finish out strong.”

On having former quarterback Thaddeus Lewis back on the sideline
“I think having Thad around helped a lot because he’s a real energetic guy and guys look around and see Thad and they can’t help but smile and play with some more energy. He’s been leading this team for a long time so having him around helped us a lot today.”

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