Tom Campbell, Lou Holtz, Shay Muirbrook, Kevin Murray, Jim Williams
Honored in Cowboys Stadium Enshrinement Ceremony
ARLINGTON – Five individuals who helped shape the tradition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history were inducted today into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Five individuals who helped shape the tradition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history will be inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies in April at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The honorees in the ninth Hall of Fame Class include Texas linebacker/defensive halfback Tom Campbell, Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, BYU linebacker Shay Muirbrook, Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, and Arkansas defensive tackle Jim Williams.
What were you thinking on the punt return? “I thought I could score. I kind of glanced back at the ball and looked back down to see how close the guy was. I caught it, made one guy miss and just took off. And the blocking was great.
“I was just trying to spark the whole team to get us back on the grind and make sure everybody was doing the right things. So I was trying to be one of those guys. I’m a senior and this is my last game.
On if there was any blame to be had for the loss “I really don’t think that blame or reasons can be placed in one specific area. We were in a lot of positions to succeed and we didn’t get it done. That’s not on the coaches, that’s on us as players. Again we just couldn’t get it done.”
On drops from the offense “Again though, it’s on both of us. A couple of them were a little low and they would have been tough catches but again we’re all in this together.
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THE MODERATOR: We're now joined by Coach Miles and players. Coach, we'd like to let you make an opening comment.
COACH MILES: First of all, I want you to know we truly respect those Texas A&M Aggies. They're a great team. We knew we were going to have to play well when we lined up against them. We understand the tremendous support and loyal following that they have. We're honored to compete against them today.
THE MODERATOR: Coach, your comments about this evening's game, please.
COACH SHERMAN: Well, I thought we prepared extremely well for the football game, but obviously today, without question, LSU was the better team. I take my hat off to them. They really played well and gave us all we could handle.
There came a point there that it was close. We were able to jump out early, but weren't able to hold onto it.
Did you feel momentum slip away and what was the turning point?
“They made good plays and we turned over the ball. That’s how the game goes – you turn over the ball, you lose.”
What happened on the turnovers?
“That’s what we’ve seen. They made some good plays. We’ve just got to get better next time.”
Why was LSU better at stopping the run late?
“They fill gaps well. The offensive line and those linebackers, they are just really good at filling those gaps.
On LSU’s quarterbacks
“I’m proud of both those quarterbacks. Jarrett Lee obviously had some issues as a freshman. Jordan (Jefferson) played really early coming out of a redshirt year; played in the last two games. He’s a junior but really he should be a sophomore. I can see they have good work ethic. They are working hard on getting better and sometimes it’s hard to not listen to the negative media. They’ve learned and matured in that area.”
On the success of the offense now and what lies ahead for next season
“One thing about it is as the quarterbacks get older and start playing well, it gives us the opportunity to use run and pass, that opens up things in the run game.
HEAD COACH LES MILES
“Being here in Las Colinas has been very interesting for me. As I grew up in the Miles family, I remember driving over to where those [Southern Methodist] Mustangs were. How wonderful it is to remember your past that certainly interacts and connects with Texas very strongly. As we were driving over today, very slowly, I was able to review my time here and remembered the great friends that were Texas A&M graduates.
HEAD COACH MIKE SHERMAN
“It’s certainly an honor to be here representing Texas A&M in the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl. I think it’s a unique matchup in the sense that this will be the 50th time that LSU and Texas A&M have matched up against each other. There aren’t many times in bowl games where you’re reconnected with an old rival and certainly our proximity to each other enhances that. We’re excited about this football game.
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR TIM DeRUYTER
LSU offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale and entire offensive line…
“Big, physical, talented, athletic. He’s a really good football player. I think this offensive line compares very favorably to Arkansas’s offensive line. We thought they were an excellent offensive line. You turn on those two tapes and you say, ‘These are two really good SEC teams.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GARY CROWTON
On bowl preparation…
“Our bowl preparation has been very good. After the final game of the regular season we took a week or so off to let everybody heal and really hit the weight room hard. Our preparation before bowl was excellent and everyone was focused on what they needed to accomplish. Since we’ve been at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic bowl site, everyone has been a lot more focused than I thought we would be. There are a lot of distractions during bowl week but I am very pleased with how well things are going so far.
SENIOR ASSISTANT\QUARTERBACKS COACH TOM ROSSLEY
Changing quarterbacks mid-season…
“It was a hard decision for me and Mike was really the instigator and said, ‘I don’t think [QB Jerrod Johnson’s] shoulder is where it needs to be for us to get where we’ve got to be.’That’s a tough thing to do.When you go back and you analyze how much practice he was able to get and he just didn’t have the same velocity as he had as a junior.
On possible distractions of the facility…
“Yesterday we had a very good practice without any distractions. Our players are focused and know exactly what we need to get accomplished. I think walking into Cowboys Stadium is more motivating than anything for these guys.”
On Texas A&M’s offensive tendencies...
“Texas A&M has done a tremendous job this year, especially QB Ryan Tannehill. When Tannehill took over as their starter, the Aggies did not lose any hint of athletic ability.