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"It has been a hard year for everybody. It has been a hard year for coaches, for me, and for everybody collectively. It has been a neat experience to come together with these players, because they could have easily started pointing fingers and lost trust. I am sure that can waver, and has wavered. For the quarterbacks, and particularly Riley, we have had some unique experiences together this year. He is coming through and fighting through some injury, and that [experience] will serve him forever, throughout his life.
He will look back at those and realize it was a blessing in disguise for him to overcome some battles that he needed to. We will overcome this season."
Doman on what Riley's legacy will be:
"Probably the most tenacious, competitive guy I have been around yet in eight years. And to know what he has battled through physically -- we don't go into detail on that stuff, because we can't -- but he was on the sideline right before our two-minute drive with a significant injury. ....(story about doctor and onside kick) ... That's a testament to the young man.
I will say this: when you get knocked down, you have to choose to get up. And he has gotten up every single time. I have been around some quarterbacks, or players, or people, that don't get up off the ground. And he got up every time. I will love him for that forever for being tenacious that way and never quitting. That's how I will remember him."
James Lark on whether the offense changes when he's in there:
"We run the BYU offense. It is the same. The coaches will call the plays that I am most comfortable with, that I have run over the years. Some I run a little bit better than others.
Riley likes some plays better, and I like some plays better. So they will probably tailor that for me throughout the week. But yeah, same offense."
Lark on the BYU QB getting blamed for losses and whether that's fair:
"That's how it goes. I mean, that's everyone's opinion. They are entitled to their opinion. But that's football, especially when you play for a program with a rich tradition like BYU, they expect greatness out of the quarterback position. So that's just what happens sometimes."
Linebacker Spender Hadley on the mood of the team:
"Everybody is bummed to lose a game, and nobody is happy. So yeah we are frustrated, and upset that we lost.Next Page >
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