Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Texas A&M Players Post-Game Quotes
Q. 229 yards on the ground, two touchdowns through the air, where do you rank this on Johnny's games this season?
RYAN SWOPE: I think offensively, guys just bought into the system. We knew what we had to accomplish tonight. The coaches put us in a good situation. We had trust in them.
Offensively, we went in at halftime, made some adjustments and knew that guys had to step up and make plays. Everyone just bought in. It was real fun.
Obviously, Johnny had a great night. The offensive line gave him protection. Everyone came out and played and knew what was at stake.
JOHNNY MANZIEL: As far as an offensive standpoint for me, this is the kind of a game that turned the page again. Asked me questions earlier in the year about what game made it all click. There was the Arkansas game, and this game tonight made me flashback to that.
The coaches did a great job of putting a great game plan together. Everybody was talking about, You guys have this much time to scheme up y'all. Well, we have this much time to scheme up OU as well, so people didn't really give us enough credit for that.
They did a great job of putting a good game plan together. And really the offensive line, the receivers, everybody went out and executed tonight. It was a great night for the offense.
Q. Johnny, this is officially the last stop of your freshman season. Can you comment on that and how it feels looking ahead of you, what you hope to accomplish.
JOHNNY MANZIEL: It's been crazy. It's been a rollercoaster to see how things have played out from the first game to where they are now, and what things have played out in my life as well as everybody on this team, how we've progressed as a team, how we've continued to get better every week.
Came and played one of our best games all year today. I'm not really worried about the future and that right now. I'm really enjoying this. Some of the seniors, the last time they'll get to be in the locker room with all of us. Just enjoying the time with all these guys, that's what my main focus is.
Q. Coach, considering how well y'all are playing right now, is there any part of you that asks what if college football had a playoff?
COACH SUMLIN: No. We know what the rules were before the season. It's all set up that way. When the rules change, then there's time to talk about that.
Everybody's playing under the same rules before the season. You have your schedule. You play your games. You try to win 'em all. That's the way college football is set up right now. That means that every game you play is important. Every game that you win gets you closer to that. One loss or two losses, depending on who you played, can change your season.
The way things are set up now, no, there's no reason to look back and ask that. When that format changes, as a coach, as a team, you try to play your way into that playoff system. Obviously that will be a goal when that changes.
As for now, you know, the rules are the rules. We get that. We know that before the year.
Q. Damontre, you announced earlier you are making plans to move on to pro football. In regards to answering the question earlier about this season, what does this mean for you being your last game?
DAMONTRE MOORE: Words can't describe how I feel right now. I'm just overwhelmed with excitement and joy, just to get such a big win, all the goals that we set for ourself at the beginning of the season, to see them be accomplished.
I'm going to miss this whole atmosphere with the coaching staff helping me grow, my teammates helping me grow. We had our ups. I didn't cause a lot of downs (laughter). I'm kind of just going to miss the whole brotherhood and everything, everybody getting on me, helping me grow up at the same time, them coming back and telling me that they love me.
I've enjoyed spending time with Johnny. He's one of the funniest people I ever met. One of the most talented.
Ben, I grew up with him. Swope, he always came to me when we shared lockers next to each telling me how I need to mature, You need to stop doing this.
Right now I'm trying to bask in the moment. I'm tired of crying. I just want to cry from excitement and joy that we won this.
I think it was a big, monumental win for us, me and the juniors and the seniors that were here, 'cause our freshmen year we came here, were doing good, it went downhill. We lost in the Cotton Bowl.
I think it was a good redemption win for us. We're kind of excited about the whole situation.
Q. Would it be safe to say that y'all came out to set the tone, put an exclamation point to your season?
LUKE JOECKEL: You know, I think we got to give everything to the seniors. They're definitely the leaders of our teams. We might have gotten the accolades and stuff like that this year. Without the seniors, we wouldn't have had the season we had. They brought into Coach Sumlin's and the rest of the coaching staff's system from the get go. They could have checked out for their last year, but they bought in for us.
Speaking as a junior, the rest of us followed. I followed Patrick Lewis. I think Spencer Nealy gave him the nickname "The General," and he is the general of our offense. I've enjoyed playing with him for the last three years. It's going to be hard to watch him go.
We might have gotten all the accolades, but the seniors are definitely the leaders of our team.
DAMONTRE MOORE: I want to piggyback off of what he said. It's the same thing with the defense. Just because we got accolades, it's not us. If it wasn't for the seniors buying into the system, telling us that we're going to buy into the system, we're going to follow exactly what these coaches say, then they set a good example for us. If they didn't, who knows where we would be at right now.
Honestly, I give all the seniors and upperclassmen, the offense and defense, credit for my success. Without them, I wouldn't be here. There were many a day they told me, Damontre, you shouldn't do this. They tell me what's going to do this, what was the cause, I go back and it actually happens. I'm like, Man, what if I would have disobeyed them?
I give them credit for my success and my maturity throughout this whole process.
JOHNNY MANZIEL: For me, it was a different feel. There's so much talk, uncertainty about everything, us as a team, us as an offense for sure. We knew what we had with Coach McKinney. So going into today, there was just a different look in everybody's eyes. To look at Pat, Swope, the seniors on the offense, just a different feel about it. They knew it was their last one. I think every underclassman on our team wanted to get it for them.
I know for me, without them, none of my success this year would have been possible. I'm thankful for Pat and what he's done with the offense line we've had. Swope, all the seniors, it's going to be hard to see them go, but they need a lot of credit.
Q. Dustin, Damontre was talking about the growth he's made. Can you talk about going from this spring and now being most valuable defensive player in this game, the growth you had, how enjoyable that is to go out on top.
DUSTIN HARRIS: Well, I mean, it was hard work, day in, day out. Going in in the season as a senior, knowing that you still have competition with the freshmen, the sophomores, juniors coming up, everybody's battling for a spot. Coaches were on my butt every day trying to get me straight.
Finally it happened. You know, I bought into what Coach Sumlin and Coach Yates and Coach Snyder were saying, just like all the rest of these guys.
Our success, it comes from them because all they had to do is tell us what to do. If we did it, we end up where we are right now. I just give all the blessings to God, thank them for a wonderful season, all the seniors. We've been in it for four years. It's been a rough and long ride, but we ended it with a success. I'm just thankful.