Quoting ACC Football: August 29, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012


Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani on opening the season against a conference opponent…

“As far as opening with a conference opponent, here is the way I feel about it:  The playing field is the same for both of us.  Practice times are the same.  We're opening.  You got to play them sometime, so might as well play them now.  Doesn't matter to me. As far as the playbook goes, most teams put in a playbook in preseason.  You use what you need to use as the games go on.  I don't think anybody holds back anything.”


Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on the challenges of preparing to play a team with a new defensive and offensive coordinator…

“That's been difficult because of those dynamics you just mentioned.  All openers are a challenge.  Let's face it, most of the time you've got Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to really prepare your team.  You polish on Thursday, just kind of walk through on Friday and go play.  You're not usually adding things on Fridays.  So you don't have a lot of time. In this case, openers are tough because you have so much time to get ready for one game.  You throw in the fact there's two new coordinators with totally different philosophies, so you're spending time studying other people's film that's not the personnel you're going to see.  That makes it a little bit more challenging. But it's really about us.  It's really about the Clemson Tigers, us knowing what we are doing, understanding our systems, being able to apply those systems to whatever we see on game day, then us as coaches making good adjustments once we really know, ‘Okay, here is what they're going to do.’”


Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on team injuries…

“I've never even been close to this.  We have minimally now 12 scholarship players that will be out of the first game.  At the end of June, it didn't look anything like that.  July was a difficult month for us, and certainly August has continued on the same path. But our guys are resilient.  They've been resilient since we've been here.  This is a resilient staff.  If a group can handle it, it will be this team.  This team is a unique make-up of a lot of kids that have played a lot of football and gone through a lot together.  So I'm hoping that we're able to rise to that occasion.”


Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher on E.J. Manuel…

“I think the people around him will be better.  I think we'll be more consistent around him.  For any quarterback, it doesn't matter, you have to have guys around you play consistent. As that really emerges, receivers have been dependable in camp, really some guys are emerging, making plays.  Offensive line-wise I feel comfortable there –  run the football, take pressure off at times, too.  I think from that standpoint the trust factor around him, which will let him settle, be his own self.  I was pleased with his camp.  Yesterday he had an excellent day.  All of our reads and runs, things he has to do, I feel comfortable.”


Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson on young wide receivers…

“Well, we've got a couple of young guys.  We've got two sophomores.  Darren Waller, 6'6", about 230.  Jeff Greene 6'5", about 215.  Jeremy Moore is a young man from Texas who has been hurt the last couple of years.  He's had a really good camp.  Those three guys and Chris Jackson is a guy that's played some.  Then we've got a couple of freshman that we'll play this year. So we're going to be young, but I think the guys are physically talented and we'll see how they play Monday night.”


Maryland head coach Randy Edsall on Perry Hills…

“I feel very comfortable with Perry Hills.  Perry had a good camp.  We just see him keep getting better day to day.  I know he's anxious and he's excited to get going.  Feel very, very confident with Perry…Perry is a guy that can do all the things we want him to do in terms of executing our offense.  Very heady young man, good arm, can make all the throws.  Just a student of the game.  He's somebody who works very hard, very poised, somebody that has command and the respect of his teammates in a very short period of time.”


Miami head coach Al Golden on last year’s loss to Boston College…

“We didn't play smart, and we didn't protect the football.  We weren't disciplined enough.  It's a very disciplined team.  They have a very, I wouldn't say simple formula, because it is tough to do.  But they're among the Top 10 in penalties against and least penalties against. They hold the ball with their running game.  They pushed us around up front a year ago.  Their rush defense has been among the nation's best over the last seven years and that is a function of the strength of the defense.  These two linebackers and I know they're excited about their middle linebacker, but Devito and Pierre-Louis, I thought were as good as anybody in our league a year ago.  They don't give up plays and they're very patient.  We were not, to be honest with you.  So we turned the ball over and they did a great job changing the field on us.  They beat us on special teams.  As I said, they beat us up front on both sides last year.”


NC State head coach Tom O’Brien on Tennessee…

“Well, they've gotten starters back on offense.  Their whole offensive line is back.  Tyler is back at quarterback.  He was playing exceptionally well till he broke his thumb last year.  People think if he comes out this year, he might be the first quarterback taken.  They lost a wide receiver, but they get one back in Justin Hunter.  They're big, they can run, they have good speed out there at the wideout spot.  Certainly a very capable team. Defensively, just the unknown.  They ended spring with a four-down linemen team.  When they released their roster, they're a three- down, four-linebacker type team, similar to what Coach Sunseri coached at Alabama.  The unknown on defense, exactly what we're going to see, what packages of personnel we're going to see as we go through the game.”


North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora on leaders on defense…

“I think we're where we need to be at this point in the season.  Going into our first game, I think our guys have a very good feel for our base defense and what we're trying to accomplish.  Then from week to week, we'll continue to game plan and add things and take things out according to what will benefit us in the game. The guys that I would say are the leaders, the guys that are standing out on that side of the ball, starting on the back end, Tre Boston has had a really good camp.  I think Jabari has had a really good camp at the corner.  Reddick in the middle, it's his team, it's his defense.  He's the leader of that crew, that unit. Then you go up front and you have Sly who has done a tremendous job for us this camp, and then Kareem Martin has had a big camp. I think those are the guys that have stood out in camp, and it's going to be interesting to see who rises up each and every week and plays at a high level.”


Virginia head coach Mike London on choosing a quarterback…

“Well, I think with the accumulated amount of reps over the last couple of years, understanding the system, executing the system, and just the maturation process with him also improved.  So I think Michael won it because he was more consistent.  He had been in games.  He understands the philosophy of it, and its accuracy improved during the course of camp.  He's worked hard at it.  He's worked hard for this opportunity to start our first game. But the other two guys, Phillip Sims has done a nice job coming from a similar style of offense, coming from Alabama that his learning curve was kind of advanced a little bit.  The only thing was he didn't know our terminology, but he's done a nice job learning it.  And the young David Watford that I think is going to be a tremendous quarterback. It's great to have a problem where you have three really good quarterbacks and you have some young guys even behind them that are waiting. So I think at this position we should be pretty good for a while, and just hope that our quarterbacks are accurate and they're efficient, and they get the ball to some of these play makers that I think we have on our team.”


Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer on starting the season with a big game…

“Well, I think this has more importance because it's a conference game and a division game, even more so than the Boise States and Alabamas.  I think it just depends. This one came about with the opportunity to play on Monday night.  The only game on national TV.  If you can play well, it's great for the program.  Another thing I think preparation wise, your kids who have something to really look forward to in preseason camp and summer conditioning and the whole works, spring practice. There is some good and some bad, and you worry about all the things that come up in the ballgame.  You work like heck to cover everything.  But first time they play, and you've got some new guys in there playing, there are concerns. In college football we'll do ourselves a favor if we can ever get an exhibition game or a scrimmage against someone else.  That hasn't come around, but I really think we need that.”


Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe on Tanner Price…

“Well, he takes care of the football, first and foremost.  I think he's got a great commitment to the team.  I think once in a while you get quarterbacks that are willing to put the ball into a crowd just to hopefully get another completion or a big play out of it. I don't think Tanner cares one bit about stats.  There's a lot of times where he feels like the window's not very good and will throw it away, throw it in the dirt, not worrying about his completion percentage or his numbers as much as just not turning the football over. I think he's a guy that every time he takes the field I think he takes his commitment to taking care of the football very seriously.”