Quoting ACC Football: October 24, 2012

Oct. 24, 2012


Boston College Eagles   Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani on the rise in passing yards in the ACC:


"That's an excellent question. I think we have some quarterbacks that are stepping up in the league this year. It certainly plays into your comment about the offenses. But certainly the skill level of our quarterbacks, and the coaches are obviously very good coaches and understand how to use them. That's what I would attribute it to. Put the quarterbacks in with a good system, and there you go."


Clemson Tigers   Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on Wake Forest defense:

"They do a great job on defense. They're a little bit different. They're an odd front most of the time, really good in the secondary. They're active at linebacker. Up front, that No. 50, the little nose guard they got, he is the heart and soul of their defense. There's a lot of movement. They bring pressure. They just do a good job of executing their scheme. Like I said earlier, they are well-coached. They know what they're doing. They rarely beat themselves. They do an excellent job of taking care of the football and creating turnovers. That's been a big key for them."


Duke Blue Devils   Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on quarterback Sean Renfree:

"I want to comment on Sean Renfree, deserved recognition. I guess in the last seven or eight days now, he's one of the ten finalists for the senior scholar award in the NCAA, and now really appreciative of the National Football Foundation announcing that he was one of the 15 scholarship winners. Sean is a complete football player, certainly a complete student. Almost a 4.0 right now in Duke in graduate school. Also just a complete person. So we're very happy for Sean, his family, and certainly very proud of him."


Florida State Seminoles   Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher on Saturday's opponent, Duke:


"Looking forward to a very big game versus Duke this weekend. Duke has done a great job this season. Have a very dynamic passing attack, done a super job on defense. Have an excellent punter and kicker. It will be a huge challenge for us this weekend. We'll have to bring our A game. Coach Cutcliffe has done a tremendous job with those guys. He has them playing tremendous football. They are very sound, very good players, dynamic explosion on offense, defense, cause a lot of problems, different blitz packages, pressures. Do a great job in special teams."


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson on his defense:


"We played better on third down. That was the big thing. Offensively we held the ball for 41 minutes. That will help too. But I thought our defensive coaches did a good job keeping things simple and letting guys play. We were fortunate we were a little better on third downs. We gave up a couple of big pass plays and Boston College dropped some balls that helped us. But it's going to be a work in progress."


Maryland Terrapins   Maryland head coach Randy Edsall on the quarterback position:


"I feel good about our situation. I think that Devin (Burns) and Caleb (Rowe) are very capable quarterbacks. They'll be able to go out and execute the plan we have in place as we go into this week. Then you have Brian McMahon and Shawn Petty who were high school quarterbacks, now we're working to get them ready as a third. That's who we have. Like I said, I feel good about it. We'll keep coaching those guys up, getting those younger guys better. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Devin and Caleb."


Miami Hurricanes   Miami head coach Al Golden on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:


"He's an excellent player and an all-around player. Clearly you know they're going to have some time here to put in whatever they want to do from a game plan standpoint to improve. So we expect to see a great Logan Thomas next Thursday. Big arm, can run, can beat you with his feet and has done a great job in terms of his leadership and distribution of the football. So, again, it's going to be a great challenge for us. We know that. Just have a lot of respect for Logan Thomas and the way he plays."


North Carolina Tar Heels   North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora on NC State receiver Bryan Underwood:


"I think first of all, he's a good player, and he understands how to get open. I think Glennon finds him. He's a guy that a lot of times what happens with the quarterback and a certain receiver, a quarterback gets into a comfort zone with the receiver, and if things break down or if things are tight and not sure, that's the guy he goes to. I think Underwood has developed that confidence level with Glennon based on that alone. If things aren't right and he knows he can find him, he's going to get the ball to him and he's going to make the play."


NC State Wolfpack   NC State head coach Tom O'Brien on playing North Carolina this weekend:


"Certainly this is a special game for NC State. We've been working hard this week trying to put ourselves in the best possible position so we can go over to Chapel Hill and win a football game. They're undefeated at home. They do a great job, 4-0, when they're playing in Chapel Hill. Big challenge for us, but our kids are excited about the opportunity to go see how we match up with them."


Virginia Cavaliers   Virginia head coach Mike London on Perry Jones:


"Perry is a two-time elected captain by his teammates. He is a selfless person. He could be a guy concerned about stats and give me the ball, but he's more interested in collectively what the running backs do and collectively what the team does. He's a leader by example. He's a young man that just recently got engaged to be married and has a lot of things going on in his life. But he's also maintained the ability to be a focused individual on the football field. So Perry is an outstanding young man. It doesn't surprise me of the things or accomplishments that have come his way."


Virginia Tech Hokies   Virginia Tech coach Billy Hite on playing in Miami humidity:


"That's always a tough thing. We'll make sure that our kids are hydrated. They'll start drinking water and the Gatorade two or three days before we even arrive down there to make sure they stay hydrated. Our trainers do a great job on that."


Wake Forest Demon Deacons   Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe on Michael Campanaro's rehab progress:


"I think he's going to play. We didn't do much with him. I really was just laughing about it a couple days ago. We started him out catching tennis balls. I didn't know if he could catch a football because his hand is still pretty tender. But last night he looked so much better. We put him in practice. We were still careful with him. We tried not to do too much with him. He didn't seem to have any problems. I think they've got the padding right. He caught the ball well last night. I think he's going to play. How much he plays and how well he plays is yet to be determined. But I think if we get him out there, he knocks the rust off pretty quick, starts playing good, we'd be more apt to give him more work. I would say he'll definitely play [Thursday] night."