Wide Receiver Steve Hull
On the key to getting back in the game back after the slow start:
“I think our offense has done a great job of being resilient, sticking to the game plan, and continuing to build confidence throughout the whole game. That’s something that I think is really impressive on the coaches’ behalf and impressing that to us and then the players, we’re actually believing in it and giving it everything we possibly have. We’ve got guys fighting through injuries, fighting through things in life and you know, it’s really special to be around.”
Linebacker Jonathan Brown
On what was going wrong:
“You know we just didn’t finish the game. They started it off really fast, got most of their points in the first quarter. Once we kind of settled down and played ball a little bit it showed how good of a defense we could be – I mean I think we only gave up 12 points within those two quarters right there – and the fourth quarter we just didn’t finish. This has been what has been hurting us all season, just finishing games. I mean I’m proud of the way my guys fought and I wouldn’t want to go out there with anybody else and we’re going to continue to get better.”
On being ineligible for a bowl game and readjusting focus:
“I’ve put in a lot of time at the University of Illinois and I wanted to end on a good note. I want to win these last two games, snap the streak, and leave something behind to build on for next season. This could be a really good team, they just need a foundation to stand on.”
Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase
On the comeback:
“It was one of those games, if I would have to give a synopsis, you look at it from a boxing standpoint. We came out and they knocked us down twice in part of the first two rounds and I think any time you deal with that it shakes you up a little bit but I was just so happy with the way we responded. I mean we stood up and we fought until the 15th round and just to be surrounded by a bunch of players that are willing to do that, to have a group of seniors like that, that’s kind of the mentality we’ve had not only on the field on Saturday’s but in anything we do. I’m just honored to be a part of something like that. There’s not a group of guys that I would rather do it with.”
On refocusing for the end of the season and ending the losing streak:
“For sure, I think anytime we put on a jersey and wear the emblem on our helmet representing this University, you always have something to play for. To be surrounded by the people we are surrounded by each and every day, to look my brothers in the eye and know I want to go to war with them, you always have something to play for. There’s never a question about that whether a bowl is an option or not. Everybody knows that they just have to look to their left and right and realize that there’s plenty to play for.”
All quotes are from fightingillini.com.
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