Orange Bowl Reaction: Mortensen & Talib

KANSAS LINEBACKER JOE MORTENSEN

(On the toughness of quarterback Todd Reesing) He is a soldier. That kid is so tough. It's a credit to him, because he didn't play his best game, but he was out there running around, throwing balls. He wouldn't quit and it showed how tough of a guy he is.

(On if he thinks Kansas defense surprised some people tonight) I think we did. That was one thing we wanted to show. They have a great defense, one of the best in the nation. We kind of want to show everybody what we can do. They talk about their safeties and their linebackers and what they can do and they're top-10 in everything. It was a challenger for us and we rose to the occasion. We out-played their defense, and that's what we wanted to do.

(On his blocked field goal) It was great. Coach called an all-out block and we've been practicing it. We got great penetration by the d-line and I just turned my shoulders, slipped through, and blocked it. It was great.

KANSAS CORNERBACK AQIB TALIB

(On his interception return for a touchdown) That was maybe one of he few chances I had to be in situation like that, so I was just excited and got caught up in the moment. I didn't mean to get the flag, but I just got caught up in the moment.

(On if his performance today helped solidify his decision regarding the NFL Draft) It just solidified an Orange Bowl win, that's all. I'm ready to enjoy my night and worry about the future in the future.

(On the media's focus on the Virginia Tech defense rather than the Kansas defense) We could care less if they had put us in the spotlight. We would've prepared the same and performed the same. We could care less how the hyped up the game. We prepared like it was the Orange Bowl.

(On Kansas? ability to score points after forcing turnovers) We did a good job scoring off the turnovers. I think one time we kind of left points on the field, but the majority of the time we put points on the board. That was a big part of the game.


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