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Impressions of Wisconsin's offense:
"How huge, how physical the offensive line play is. They have a great receiver (Abbrederis). Pretty much the same offense minus Russell Wilson from last year. ... It's going to be one of the more physical games we will have played this season."
"I have a lot of respect for him. I heard he had a down year and I got his stats yesterday. He got 17 touchdowns and 1,600 yards. He might make his plays on Saturday and we'll make our plays, too. He's a great player and you can't take anything away from that."
On emotions in the tunnel:
"I walked out there just now and I was thinking, 'Wow, I have one more time to run through that tunnel.' It's just crazy cause when everything happened this past offseason, I was one of the ones saying, 'I can't wait to run out that tunnel for Ohio. ... Now it's the last time. It's going to be very emotional. Bittersweet. I'll remember this moment for the rest of my life. I just wish it didn't come this fast."
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On all senior class had been through:
"If you look at the guys we have on our team, like Mauti, Hodges, they're really tough-nosed guys. You can't run away from adversity. You've got to look it eye-to-eye. We're not trying to run away from anything. We have a lot of guys that look up to us. If we would have broke this thing apart, who's to say Penn State would have had a team this year? I don't expect any of those guys to leave next year. I really don't. Coach O'Brien is a helluva coach. I expect everyone to be back and everyone just to keep fighting."
On talking to younger guys:
"Early in the season, when we started 0-2, I kept hearing whispers of "Next year I might not be here" and things like that. When we kept winning, those whispers started to calm down. After the Ohio State game, I heard them again. Then I talked to those guys and said "It'd be stupid to leave here. Where would you want to go? Let's not talk about football, but in terms of getting your degree."
"Adrian Amos recently came up to me and said, 'I'm not going nowhere but I'm excited you came back. If you didn't run away, I'm not going to run away. Davis, all those guys ... if anyone is leaving I would tell those guys to take a deep breath and tell them to think about everything."
Just seeing the quotes from Stephon update on my twitter and following along in this thread. WOW is all I can say.
Stephon and this entire senior class are legends. Period. End of story. They've been through hell and back and still have more integrity and discipline than probably 90% of the world population. All class. What a powerful interview on so many levels.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
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