Quoting ACC Football: September 5, 2012


Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani on his improved offense…

"The cohesiveness over there being on offense was excellent from day one when everybody arrived on campus here. Doug is certainly an excellent football coach, and he has an enthusiasm and a plan, and he understands how to do what he wants to do. And Chase is everything that I've been saying he is. He's a student of the game and he wants to do well. So a lot of that stuff is meshed together."


Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on what pleased him from game one…

"Just our ability to finish in the fourth quarter. One of the big things we talked about going into the game was I knew there would be some mistakes, probably on both sides. But if we wanted to win the turnover margin and have more big plays than they did and we were able to accomplish that, and that's why we won the game. But just seeing how we overcame some mistakes, a little bit of adversity. Everybody kept their poise, kept playing, and then were able to finish the game offensively, defensively and special teams in the fourth quarter. We had big stops, big drives and a big field goal in the fourth quarter. So that was the thing that was most pleasing for me."


Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on West Coast road games...

"I've done it a lot. I think it can be a problem if you let it be one. I think the worst thing me personally is to go out and try to stay two days, get on their time zone, et cetera, et cetera. Your body really doesn't have that amount of time to change. We're going to make sure we hydrate. We're going to get on the plane Friday, fly out midday, get there in the afternoon their time. Going to stretch as soon as we get there. We'll have worked out that morning, but we'll get the kinks out. Take a while, get to the motel, eat, do our normal routine, meet, get their snacks, put them to bed. The only difference we're going to do is let them sleep in on Saturday morning, and by 'sleeping in' means sleeping in on eastern time. 18 to 23 year olds have no trouble, no trouble sleeping in on a Saturday morning. Once we get up out there, we will be just in a normal 7:00, 7:30 kickoff mode, and nothing will be different than if we were here."


Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher on losing Brandon Jenkins...

"Yeah, he's a really good player, a really good player. You don't ever replace those guys. One thing we were fortunate enough to have (Cornelius) Carradine in there. We think Bjoern (Werner) is a big time player, and we think Tank (Carradine) is the same caliber guy those guys are. Are they Brandon? Mabe not to that extent, but he's pretty close. He's a really good player. I think it messes you up a little bit at depth-wise with some other things, but we have some talented guys behind him. Giorgio Newberry a 6'6" 280 pound guy, played a lot as a red shirt freshman, we're counting on this year. Tajh is an experienced guy, and we have two great freshmen in Mario Edwards and Chris Casher that we'll bring along to build that depth. But from the starting rotation, I think Tank will do a good job."


Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson on moving forward after Monday's loss to Virginia Tech…

"We're coming off a very tough, physical football game, a game that was really kind of gut wrenching for an opening season game. It was really physical and there were a lot of ups and downs. Looked like we had the momentum going our way. To Virginia Tech's credit, they came back and found a way to get it in overtime. We turned the ball over and they didn't, so we end up losing the game. It's going to be a bounce back game for us to see how we can handle a little adversity, come home, settle in, see if we can't play a lot better than we played on Monday night."


Maryland head coach Randy Edsall on playing close games…

"No, you don't. If you're a defensive guy, you kind of like that. If you get in games like that, you never know. There could be one tipped ball, one violation, or one bad call against you that could do that. Again, I think for our team being a young team, that situation for us in the first game to get that kind of experience, I think that will aid us as we continue through the season. But, yeah, it can get nerve-racking because just like I said, one tipped ball, you know, whatever, one bad call could put you on the losing end of the deal."


Miami head coach Al Golden on Miami's loss to Kansas State last year…

"I think the thing I remember most is as we're going through and trying to improve our team in the off season, as we quality control our work, we were 14 to 15 in goal line situations for the whole year. Of course, the one is the one that cost you a game. I remember Kansas State executing better than we did and earning the right to make the play to win the game. We didn't execute, so we didn't earn the right to be the winners down there. Clearly it was disappointing. Hopefully we learned from it and hopefully we've grown as a team. Clearly that smarts when you can't get it in in that situation."


North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora on Coach DeBerry's influence...

"I tell you what, not only is Fisher DeBerry a great football coach, but he's a great man, a great husband, a great father. He does things the right way. You don't ever have to question anything about the way Fisher does things, they're going to be done right. One of the things I think about Coach DeBerry that I learned is he's one of the most positive people that I've ever been around in any situation. I think it rubbed off on me, I can assure you. I'm sure it has on Jim also. I think his teams play like that also."


NC State head coach Tom O'Brien on Quintin Payton…

"Well, he had a good preseason camp. I think that's one of the things that Michael (Glennon) is not afraid to throw the ball, and he does a good job and he did a good job especially on the first one that he threw to Quintin of aiding the rush, which he hadn't done a year ago. They had left him running wide open down the boundary. The best catch he made was Michael threw it backside shoulder on a takeoff down the boundary, and Quintin went up and used his height which we're used to seeing when we had Jarvis Williams here. So he has to give us that. I think not only will he now because it's a great confidence boost for him, but certainly for Mike that he knows that he's got somebody that will go up and get the football like that."


Virginia head coach Mike London on the Cavalier's passing game...

"The strategy coming from Richmond was to pack the box and limit the run. If that happens, you're going to have to rely on throwing the crossing routes, the routes that can get your guys open. Timmy (Smith) did a good job. Darius (Jennings) did. Dominique Terrell. Then a host of others. We throw to our tight ends and some other guys came in. Earl Scott came in. There's other guys that have kind of picked up the slack for a Kris Burd or Matt Snyder who had a lot of catches for us. I think we have more guys to go in of the game to catch passes even out of our backfield than we had to rely on Kris Burd type of guys. I think we have more options this particular year."


Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer on losing D.J. Coles...

"Well, he's a guy that we really were hoping could come along and help us at that wide receiver position. His knee was swollen yesterday. We are just going to have to step up. Our plan is I think (Demitri) Knowles needs to be more involved. We got to get him more reps and make sure he's getting the right thing done in practice, get him into the game more. (Joshua) Stanford, a true freshman, although he didn't play the other night, get him involved. (Kevin) Asante has to keep coming along. We have some guys that are going to have to step up a little bit with some of these other guys."


Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe on Spencer Bishop...

"The number one thing with Spencer is he's just a great kid. He's one of those kids in the program that you never hear anything negative about. Everything, whether it's teachers or academic service people, the weight room, everybody that talks about Spencer Bishop loves the kid. And he brought that same attitude and work ethic to the practice field, and he just earned a scholarship. He just worked so hard that he is not only on scholarship but now he is our starting tight end. He's a good tight end. He's a good player. He's not somebody we just threw a bone to. We really want to reward kids that are deserving. He runs and catches the ball really, really well. We've got to continue to work on his blocking a little bit. He's not the biggest guy around, but we like all the things he does. He's a good athlete. He can run and catch it, and he's a pretty good blocker."