Arkansas Coach Chad Morris congratulates Tua Tagovailoa, praises team's effort

Razorbacks coach Chad Morris: "They’re not going to quit I can promise you that."

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Although Arkansas was bemoaning another loss Saturday afternoon, the rest of the Southeastern Conference was certain to take note that the Razorbacks are a rising team.

While more than one Alabama player mentioned how Arkansas never gave up even after the No. 1 Crimson Tide took a 21-0 lead, Chad Morris promised more of the same moving forward.

Here's some of what he said after congratulating Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the field:

“First of all, I want to thank our fans; they came out today. It was a great crowd, great atmosphere, and they were with us all the way to the end, cheering at the end. The support that our fans continue to give these young men is impressive and inspiring. Alabama is the best team in the country for a reason, and I think they showed it. I think that they

had speed all over the field. They’ve got an extremely effective and impressive as I’ve seen as an offensive performance. It was great to see so many former players that we had out today. Trey Flowers, Darren McFadden. We had so many players all over that are so involved in our program. With us having such a big weekend in recruiting, that’s impressive. Thank you to them who came out. I thought that, as we mentioned earlier, this was going to be a huge weekend for our program from a recruiting standpoint. We had an impressive number of recruits here and in that locker room before and after the game. It’s impressive to see those guys around. They know what we’re building here, and the foundation is being laid. I thought offensively this was our best performance. This offense continues to get better. This is the best we’ve played against the best team we’ve played. We gave up three turnovers and 21 points. That’s hard. Against a team like Alabama, they don’t need any help. We gave up three turnovers and 21 points. I thought we executed our game plan very well. I thought that coach Craddock and our offensive staff did a great job putting a plan together. Ty Storey keeps showing his grit and his fight. [Storey] continues to get better. That’s what I shared with him on the sidelines, about how proud I am of him. Getting Cole Kelley out there in short yardage situations is a big help to us. It allowed us to be more efficient on third downs. Another good performance by C.J. O’Grady and our tight ends. We had several tight ends catching the football all day. Again, just continue to get this offense better and that was impressive to see them take another step forward to allow us to continue to grow our package offensively. Defensively I thought we fought hard. There were two fourth-and-ones and they really came up with nothing on those. I know one play was overruled. I thought the story of the night was big plays. We gave up entirely too many big plays. I thought you saw the ball in space and you really saw the true team speed that they have. They were able to make some major plays there. Special teams, we executed our game plan as well. I thought we got better in that regard. This is one of the best special teams that we’ve played. They’ve got an electric return team this year and I thought that we did a really good job of containing their explosiveness. Our message to this football team moving forward is we’re going to come in here tomorrow and we’re going to hit reset. It’s a six-game season. We’re going to focus on us and we’re going to focus on what we’ve been focusing on the past three or four weeks. That’s us getting better and getting better every day.”

On CJ O’Grady’s performance ...

“I think that runs hand-in-hand and there’s a lot of parallels. He’s had another really good week in his preparation and how he’s handled himself. I think just watching his production level and his playmaking ability continues to improve. I’m very impressed with C.J. and I look forward to watching him grow.”

On offensive production against Alabama ...

“I think that when you coach offensive football, it takes time to create continuity. It takes time to create consistency. You go through growing pains, and you find out that who you thought were your playmakers may need to be put in a different position. You try and balance that as you’re adding your offense it and realize that maybe you need to scale some stuff back. It’s a process and it’ll continue to be a process. I think you see that we continue to add a little bit each week about who we are and who we want to be. We won’t get to it all this year, but we’ll get to what they can retain and what they can execute.”

On offensive line performance ...

“Brian [Wallace] sprained his ankle. I thought that there were some really good things in the offensive line that we did. We have to continue to build on it, we gave up one sack today against one of the best defensive fronts in all of college football. I think that those guys kept battling and I felt that those guys got better. They’re a lot of the reason we improved so much offensively.

On the team not giving up despite 1-5 record ...

“They’re not going to quit I can promise you that. There’s nobody in that building over there that’s going to quit. They’ll continue to fight and that’s been our message from the get-go. We’re focused on us and we’re focused on getting a foundation on this program that’s going to last forever. You do that by learning how to finish strong. You learn to fight. That’s what these guys continue to do. It’s been day after day, week after week, of watching these guys come in that building and focus on us getting better.”

LB DRE GREENLAW

On how C.J. O’Grady has matured over the past weeks...

“You know C.J., he is just maturing more and more every day. Like he said, you know, when you back at home and you missing two games, that’s not what you came here to do. Going to high school with him and playing ball with him for a while,, he might not realize, but he’s just got so much potential. He’s just got so much potential and I know the amount he can contribute and help this team and really make us a lot better. But we’re not perfect and, sometimes, you just need your friend to come in and tell you ‘Hey you got to pick it up’ and we all need that person. I’m not surprised by this game (C.J.’s performance). A lot of people are, but I’ve seen him do this for I don’t know how long and I’m glad he got the opportunity to do that.”

On Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s offense able to pull off big plays...

“He definitely has a quick release, but that’s a great team, a great football team. They have football players all around. Receivers, running backs, guys up front, quarterback; I think they got a complete football team this year and they know it. A couple of times during the game, I guess it was someone getting out their gap, they just did a really good job of executing and just knowing where to hit the ball at. All credit to them. They made some big plays and we just got to look at this game and see where we messed up and I know for a fact were going to fix it by Monday of next week, so we just got to keep pushing.”

LB DE’JON HARRIS

On how it was, arguably, the best offensive game of the year, but the team still lost...

“I felt like, defense, we gave up too many big plays. Like Ty (Storey) said, ‘The game plan is coming through. I thought we had everything planned out and executed for them. I think they schemed us up a little bit, but just giving up too many big plays will hurt you in a game and that’s what killed us on the defensive side. I still think we did a lot of pretty good things on the defensive side and we just have to continue to get better.”

On having a good menatality when improving week to week, but still not getting the results...

“It’s frustrating that we’ve lost five straight, but like Ty (Storey) said, ‘We just come in with a positive mind set every day and every time we walk into the facilities.’ We’ve just got to keep motivating each other. We know what we can do. We know we can compete with anybody, any team, any day. We just have to keep looking forward and we know what’s ahead of us. We have a lot of new opportunities in the front of us.”

TE CHEYENNE O’GRADY

On missing the first two games of the season and seeing the progress he’s made...

“Nobody wants to miss the first two games. This has been a rough road for me, just being here for four years. I contributed a little bit last year and to miss those first games, I’m feeling like I could’ve really contributed like I have been. What I have been doing so far, anybody could do it, I’ve just been giving the opportunity. I am grateful for it.”

On if anything has changed...

“After missing that second game, it was really hard. Just sitting at home and watching; it’s not what I came here to do. Something just clicked, and it didn’t feel right. I just took it on myself to be where I am supposed to be. Coach Morris has a rule to be where you are supposed to be and do what you’re supposed to do to the best of your ability and that is what I have really been pressing on.”

QB TY STOREY

On this game being the team’s best offensive performance...

“I thought we had a really good game plan coming in and we played pretty well. Looking back, there were a lot of points we left out there and we just have to keep getting better.”

On Cheyenne O’Grady’s performance...

“O’Grady has been a big spark for us. He has really come along and you can see the raw talent the guy has and I think it’s important to keep improving on that. Still continues to come to work every day and he is going to be a huge factor for us going forward.”

RB RAKEEM BOYD

On on the offense evolving...

“I think the offense is coming together. Every week we come to work and we just have to execute and keep getting better.”

On on the offense’s big plays and him rushing for 106 yards...

“We schemed them well. We played pretty good up front and I saw a whole so I just hit it.”

On on this being the team’s best offensive performance thus far...

“I thought we did great today up front. We just got to finish. We had them up early.”

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