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FutureStarrJulius Marble and Wade Taylor IV's Post Game Press Conference After Texas A&M's 68-63 Win Over Tennessee
Texas A&M (21-7, 13-2 SEC) are one of the nation's hottest teams right now. After earning their sixth straight victory against 11th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in front of a soldout crowd inside Reed Arena on Tuesday night, they remain unbeatable.
With help from Julius Marble and Wade Taylor IV, the Aggies pulled off another victory to move to a perfect 6-1 in SEC play. Check out their post game press conference below.
The Cowboys entered FedEx Field hoping to build momentum for the playoffs and perhaps move up from their fifth-seed, but neither occurred. Instead, an uninspired performance by Dallas' offense and special teams left them with a loss, keeping them locked into their current spot in the NFL playoff picture.
Head coach Mike McCarthy applauded the players' work and dedication to the team, noting that it served as an inspiring example of how everyone can work hard and get things done. Additionally, McCarthy noted how resilient this group has been this season which could serve them well during the postseason.
No big surprises on the injury front this week, but Johnathan Hankins appears to be more limited than expected after reinjuring his pec in Week 14. He'll miss three games before returning and join Jabril Cox on the inactive list for this week's matchup against the Texans.
Last season, Hankins was an immense asset to the defensive line and is a perfect fit at nose tackle for this year's Cowboys team. Additionally, they've signed Anthony Rush to their practice squad after he was waived and released by the Eagles in 2019.
The former undrafted free agent is an experienced leader who could play a crucial role at nose tackle for the remainder of this season. His presence will be welcomed and help bolster a defense that has again led the league in several categories this season.
One player who has been a constant presence for Dallas this season and an integral part of their success is running back Tony Pollard, who had an outstanding week against Washington. He rushed for 988 yards against the Commanders to earn himself his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Pollard has been out of the running game for much of this week, but is expected to return against the Texans and continue his impressive run. His contributions have been a major reason why Dallas is in fifth place with an outside shot at improving their playoff seeding; thus, it's essential he gets on the field against Houston.
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks built a commanding 14-0 lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars with help from Pro Bowl free safety Quandre Diggs' remarkable interception streak. Entering his fifth season with Seattle, this two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year picked off the ball on his fifth consecutive play for an impressive 14-0 advantage.
Seattle's interception was the key to their 31-7 victory over Jacksonville, as their defense limited them to 82 yards on the ground and 238 passing yards. Seattle led by double digits for most of the game and never trailed in any of the final three quarters.
When asked about his recent interception streak, Diggs gave praise to God. He said it's something he's always wanted to do and was thankful for his teammates for helping him reach this achievement.
He also complimented the Jaguars' offensive line for blocking well, especially after he and Adams had to deal with double teams early. The safety was proud of how the defense defended the Jaguars' offense as a whole and noted some impressive performances from them.
One thing about Diggs that you won't often hear is his gift for encouraging other players. It's an incredibly noble and selfless act, and he does it often.
Diggs has become so adept at this that he's built an entire online community of followers who look to him for advice. That has cemented his place as a prominent figure online over the past several years.
His unfailing positivity, even while recuperating from an injury, has been both inspiring and motivating. When not tweeting about Tyler Lockett's hair or giving shoutouts to the masses, he's encouraging others and helping them reach their full potential.
Diggs values having a positive influence on his teammates, as it not only showcases his character but also serves as evidence of how determined he is to stay strong and help those around him. After dealing with depression for most of his career, having this type of positive reinforcement is especially meaningful to him.
On Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals 17-14 and coach Pete Carroll was clearly upset. He left his press conference early but returned shortly thereafter to answer questions, suggesting he had begun to relax a bit.
Few things can make an NFL head coach more frustrated than watching his team lose on their home field. It's even worse when the loss comes against a team with a worse record.
After suffering a 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, it was only natural for Carroll to be more frustrated than usual. Indeed, in his postgame press conference following the game, Carroll displayed more agitation than in any previous season as head coach of the Seahawks.
That frustration is evident and it's encouraging that Carroll is beginning to recognize the urgency of making changes. If Seattle wants to start winning games again, they need to improve their defense first.
Carroll is frustrated with how his defense has performed over multiple seasons, and he says the team is working to address it as part of their long-term plans.
He mentions that the team is looking at increasing dynamic up front as they seek to enhance their defense. Furthermore, they plan on making some changes with regard to their coaching staff and how they approach certain situations on the field.
He also revealed the team is considering making some free agent signings. One major target is linebacker K.J. Wright, who has expressed a desire to return home but has yet to commit to playing for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks are still actively seeking to sign running back Chris Carson. Though they haven't made a major push for him yet, Carroll and his agent have recently discussed potential deals.
After Texas A&M's thrilling 68-63 victory against Tennessee in Reed Arena, Julius Marble and Wade Taylor IV spoke with the media about their game. They highlighted Texas A&M's remarkable win, their 13-2 record in SEC play, as well as where they currently stand in the SEC Championship race.
The Aggies (21-7, 13-2 SEC) are now just a half-game behind Alabama for first place in the SEC and have improved to 6-1 in Quad 1 play with their victory over the Volunteers.
Buzz Williams' team has enjoyed its best start in four years at Texas A&M - it's also off to its most impressive start in school history!
Texas A&M's victory puts them at 21-7 overall and 14-1 at home. After being down by one point early in the second half, they used a 100-0 run with two turnovers to take an impressive 50-41 advantage.
After Marble hit a free throw to extend their lead to four points, Zakai Zeigler of Tennessee made up for it with a steal and 3 of his own to pull within 62-61 with less than two minutes left in the game. That set up an exciting finish that saw both teams come from behind for victory.
Despite their loss, Tennessee (20-8, 9-6 SEC) remains in fourth place in the conference standings with three games left to play. They now head out on road trips to Mississippi State and Ole Miss before wrapping up the regular season at home against Alabama and Tennessee, respectively.
Tennessee started slowly in the second half, but came on strong in the final two minutes of play. Olivier Nkamhoua (eight points in the first half) hit a layup at the buzzer to tie the game at 31-31.
Radford and Green both made key shots in the final 2:23 to give Texas A&M its largest lead of the game at 62-61 with 7:43 remaining. Zeigler then scored with 23 seconds left, ending all timeouts for the Volunteers.
The Aggies had difficulty keeping up with the Volunteers, but their effort was met by an incredible show of emotion from the Reed Arena crowd. Especially, Julius Marble and Wade Taylor IV received tremendous support as they combined for 25 points on 16-17 shooting from the free throw line - something neither team had done all season.