Sunday, October 17, 2010

Middleton: "We are hungry and we are going to keep eating until we get it."

The Gamecocks had a big boost getting feature running back Calvin Middleton back in the mix on more than a limited basis. The Junior from Cobb County has been slowed by a foot injury since the Murray game, but has come back strong the last two weeks. Middleton is the type of back that turns a two yard game into a 5 yard one and is also capable of taking it to the house as evidenced by his TD runs in each of the last two games. Against Tn. State, Middleton rushed for 88 yards on just 12 carries, narrowly missing 100 yards for the second straight week. Here is what he had to say following the Gamecocks shutout of the Tigers:

Q: How is the foot and how does it feel to be getting back out there:

A: The foot is getting better. It was great to be back out there with the team and help them out when its needed. Hopefully, by the end of the season I will be back to 100%. For right now, its doing pretty good.

Q: What did it mean to you the way Jamal Young stepped up in the games that you missed with injury:

A: When I come out I really don’t get upset about it because I know that Jamal is just as good as me and he can get the job done as well and so can our other running backs. So when I come out of the game you don’t see me get upset about it.

Q: After the fake punt, you took it around the edge for a td run- break that play down for us:

A: The offensive line. That’s all I have to say. They blocked it out perfect. The receivers on the outside blocked. All I had was one man to beat and I beat him. It was blocked out perfect.

Q: How big of a deal was it having all of the starters back on the offensive line:

A: It was a big deal because we had Tyler Ogletree back healthy. The chemistry was a lot better out there. Having Tyler back out there and having Cory [Freeman] back at tight end it felt great.

Q: What is the team’ thought process right now in terms of the conference race:

A: We would love to win out, but we are taking it one game at a time. Our mindset is to get the conference championship. Nobody is going to stop us from our goal. I can tell you that.

Q: How does it feel to be back in the playoff hunt after being ineligbile last year:

A: It feels great. We have been waiting for it for two years. When we found out [about being ineligible] last year all the way until this year. It feels good. We are hungry and we are going to keep eating until we get it.

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