Oct. 13, 2009
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Swinney Press Conference – October 13, 11:00 AM
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Swinney Press Conference Quotes
Opening Statement “It has been a productive open date for us. I have been really pleased with the way the guys have worked. This break has been really good for us. I think we have made good use of it. Should be as healthy as we have been. The guys are excited about getting back after it and getting back to playing. I do think the open date came at great time.
“If we play like we practiced we have a chance to have a much better second half. The kids have really practiced well. We have had good execution and good spirit last week and into this week. Hopefully we can get outside and have a productive day.
“One of the things we have talked about is learning how to win and the first way to do that is to not beat yourself. Everybody is excited to get back out there and play. We have a good team this week in Wake Forest. They are always a tough opponent for us. It is a great opportunity for us in our division. Our division is wide open so this is a big opportunity for our team.
“Offensively Wake Forest is the best we have played. They are very balanced. The biggest thing when talking about Wake Forest’s offense is Riley Skinner. He has had 37 starts, so he has a lot of game experience and poise. He really understands what he is doing. The guy makes first downs. He is just a real leader for them. He is an excellent scrambler and has been very successful scrambling. The biggest thing he does such a good job of is scrambling and finding a guy and throwing the ball. When he scrambles he is delivering the ball. He like Matt Ryan, when it comes to finding the open guy. Riley has really mastered that. He is what makes them go, they do a great job with misdirection in the offense.
“When you look at them they are an extremely athletic group up front. They are all veterans. All these offensive linemen have a bunch of starts under their belt. They make a lot of big plays and that is something we will have to do a good job against. They will take shots. They have done a good job of spreading the ball around to the wide-outs. We have a hands full with them, definitely the best group we have played.
“On the other side of the ball they are well coached defensively. They probably move in stem as well as anybody we play. They do a great job of executing their stems and movement. We will have to do a great job there being poised with snap count. They do an excellent job of fitting the runs and they understand gap control. A lot of these guys are first year starters, but have significant playing time. They red-shirt just about everybody there. We will have to execute offensively, and take advantage of opportunities that we get. I think it will be a big game for Kyle Parker. He is going to have to be a good decision maker in this game. We just can’t beat ourselves.
“It will be critical for us to get the ball out if we are backed up, make first downs, score points, and keep their offense off the field. I think that is going to be a big part of this game is who can win the field position battle. Sam Swank is gone, finally, but they are reloaded in those areas. It will be a big challenge for us, but we are looking forward to it. Proud of our team and how they have gone back to work. We have gotten refocused and reenergized and looking forward to a great Tuesday practice as we get ready for Wake.”
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