Matt Dodge, 12.20.10

Q: Who did you hear from? Did Jeff Feagles call you?
A: No. A lot of people from back home, just ‘Keep your head up.' I mean, I'm a pretty resilient guy. It's the kind of the thing, you put the human element in sports, stuff happens sometimes. And as much as I wanted to hit that out of bounds and give us a chance in overtime, it just didn't work out. I mean, he actually bobbled the punt and then picked it up and just did what he's done so many times.

Q: Have you watched or avoided SportsCenter?
A: Didn't watch any of that.

Q: Where is your confidence right now?
A: It's good. I'm still here obviously. I came in and my locker was still here. So that was good. I'm a confident guy, regardless. Football doesn't define me. I know it's my job and everything, and I didn't get it done. But I still walked out with my head high. I had family here, loving on me, and I actually had my pastor from back home here last night. So it was good. I had a lot of support.

Q: What did it mean to have your folks with you?
A: It was good. We did our Christmas last night. At first I didn't want to do it, but I got it done.

Q: I want to make sure I understand correctly. Yesterday one of the explanations was that it was a high snap, and that physically it would have been difficult to get the ball out of bounds. Is that correct, and if so, after watching the film could you have done something differently?
A: Yeah. I mean, I caught the ball. It wasn't like I had to jump and run around. I caught it cleanly and just sometimes when it's high, I guess, in that situation, they're bringing a lot of pressure. So I just really tried to get it off and lost some technique. Yeah, it was unfortunate how it worked out. But no, the snap, no, it was fine.

Q: I think most people realize far more things went wrong. Obviously a lot of heat is on you though.
A: Remember the last play, yeah.

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