Alabama Postgame Press Conference

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Follow along for updates from Dan Mullen, Kyle Trask and more.
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Mullen says he's proud of how they competed and battled for four quarters. He's proud of everything they overcame this season, all the way going back to the spring. They played at a high level and competed until the clock hit zero.
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He says they showed a lot of character tonight. They're always going to fight and compete. Alabama has a lot of talent, so give them credit. They've show their character this entire season.

He says the defense got stops on the first four possessions, but they made mistakes with penalties. They lost the turnover battle and made some mental mistakes. They gave up that drive at the end of the first half. All of that is disappointing, but they fought through it to give the offense a chance in the end.
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He says they've got some young guys who will be hungry to get back here now. This was a great experience for the program, but they obviously wanted more than this.
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He says Kyle Pitts has show he's the best tight end in college football. You can play him anywhere on the field and he can block. He's worked his tail off and had a huge game today. He's a great leader in the locker room and a great worker.
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Mullen says the timeout after the last TD was poor clock management by him. He should've had the two-point play ready.
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He says they've got to get better up front on both sides. Alabama was more physical than them on both sides.
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He says Kadarius Toney is an awesome guy. He's not the easiest person to get to know, but he's an unbelievable person. He has a great work ethic and desire to be great. He has a great feel for the game, runs great routes and you can give it to him out of the backfield. He has a bright future ahead of him.
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He says there's a great deal of disappointment in the locker room, but they also have a lot of love and respect for each other.

He has no idea if they'll play in a bowl game or not, but he imagines this will be the last time this team ever plays together.
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He says the emotional and physical toll on the players from playing eight straight weeks is great. He doesn't know if any other team in the country has done this, so he's proud of his guys for their desire to keep fighting.
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Mullen said the little mistakes will linger with him, and he's going to try to figure out how to get those things fixed.

That's all for Mullen.
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Toney says he learned a lot from Coach Gonzales and Mullen in practice on how to run routes. Then he just took off.
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He says it was very exciting just to be in this game. He's trying to focus on that positive aspect of it.
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He says tonight should set the tone for years to come. He thinks this will instill the standard into the young guys and motivate them to win this game.
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He says he learned that as long as his mind is right and he is focused, he can do anything.
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Toney says they can always get better and execute cleaner, but he's pretty satisfied with how the offense played this season.
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He says he realized that this could be a big year for him and the offense when they started practicing after the shutdown. He could tell after a couple of weeks that this would be a special group.

That's all for Toney.
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Mohamoud Diabate says Najee Harris and DeVanta Smith made some big plays, but he thinks they played a pretty good game. He'll remember this game forever, and it was fun to play in it.
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He says this game is a great lesson for the younger guys. It shows them that they've just got to keep pushing forward.
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He says they did a good job on first and second downs in the first half, but they got in their own way on third down. Grantham got after them about that at halftime.
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He says this has been a long, taxing year. It was tough on their bodies, but the coaches enabled them to handle the situation as well as they could.
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Diabate says it makes you starving to get back to work after a game like this. Their goal is to get here every year, and next year they plan on finishing the job.
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He says he takes it onto himself as a leader to hold his teammates accountable and eliminate the costly penalties.

That's all for Diabate.
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Trask says they worked extremely hard for this game and were prepared. They were rolling on offense, but they just ran out of time. If they have a little more time, they're champions right now.
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He says his time at Florida has been unreal and special, and he's grown so much. This is a tough loss. They earned the right to be here and played their tails off.
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He says this game is why you play football. "No one in the world gave us a damn chance, and we believed in ourselves."
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He says going toe-to-toe with Alabama should "put some respect on our name." They were prepared to win this game. This team will try to get back to Atlanta and hopefully win it next season.
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Trask says the next step comes down to keeping their foot on the gas pedal. They can't get complacent and keep proving. He thinks they'll have a great team next year.

He hasn't decided whether to come back next year. He'll talk to his coaches and make that decision in the near future.
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He says being a finalist for the Heisman would be an honor. His message to voters would be to just evaluate the level of play throughout the entire season.
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He says this offense will leave a legacy of explosiveness. He can't imagine what it's like playing defense against them. "It's been a pleasure to just have all these playmakers around me."

That's all for tonight.
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