Quoting ACC Football: September 19, 2012
Sept. 19, 2012
"I think Chase has played very well for us. He's fit into the system that we've put in place for him. He and Doug get along very well. I think he's playing very well. I mean, he's a big-league quarterback we feel. He hasn't done some of the elite things, but he's close, and we need to help him. But if he keeps progressing like that, the future is really bright for him and us."
"It's just a really special game to be a part of. Got a great amount of respect for Florida State, and it's a great place to go play a game. Two good teams battling it out every year when these teams get together. It's always an exciting game, and I don't have any doubts that it'll be the same this year. You know, obviously a very huge game. You know, it's getting into conference play for us. They've already played one, but not only conference play but division play, so from that standpoint there's a lot at stake. Obviously it's not going to be the end-all. We both have a lot of games left to play after this, but certainly a huge, huge game for both teams. Proud of where we are at this point. We wanted to be 3-0...We're going to need a great week of prep. I think we've had a good start so far and looking forward to being down in Tallahassee in a great environment and hopefully playing our best game."
"It was a surreal moment when he walked in our pregame meal all dressed to a T in his new suit. He's a big, tall young man. You could have heard a pin drop when he walked through the doors. Everyone was seated except me. I was getting ready to bless the food. He came in. The only comment that was needed, I said, 'Hey, everybody, let's welcome back No. 8.' He received a standing ovation from the squad. He proceeded to go around the room giving people hugs, greeting people. It was really one of those times where the clock stopped. Time did stand still for a moment. The other kind of comical part was that we thought, he went out for the coin toss, we thought the safest place for him to watch the game would be up in our building, my office area that overlooks the stadium. He wouldn't have any of that. We couldn't have pried him away from the sidelines. They kind of put him back there where he was safe, and our players kind of surrounded him. I think he had the time of a lifetime just being back on the sideline with his buddies. We were very happy that he was here."
"I like the attitude which our kids are taking, the way we're practicing and preparing, and we have a huge challenge in Clemson. Clemson is a great ball club. Very anxious to watch our guys, how we respond to this as far as going through all the media and being able to eliminate the clutter of the things and keep focused on the ballgame but still be able to deal with the extracurricular things that are part of this, and it's a very important game for us at Florida State, a very important game for Clemson, a very important game in general. But hopefully here at our University you're going to play in a lot of important games, and this is part of you learning in that process, and hopefully we were able to gain some experience from last year's situations and occurrences and we can still play well in this game and do the things that we need to do. But we're looking forward to a challenge. Clemson has got a phenomenal ball club, very well-coached. Dabo has done a tremendous job with their program, and it should be an exciting weekend."
"We have another division game this week. I think it's important. Miami always has a group of great athletes, guys who are good players. Right now they're 1-0 in the league. They have a road win. We're looking up at them in the conference standings, so it's a huge game for us. Miami has handled us fairly easily the last couple years. So we have to see if we can't put our big-boy pants on and play a little better against them...Last year's game, we played very poorly offensively. But in the second quarter, we put together a 90-yard drive to get the game to 14-7, let them return the kickoff, then score with a few seconds left to go up 21-7. Then the third quarter put together a long drive and lost it on downs. They went down, scored, the game is over. We have to be in the game. I think last year in the game, first half, maybe both teams had the ball four times. When you get it, you have to do something with it. We have not been able to do that."
"We've got a tremendous challenge ahead of us on Saturday to go to Morgantown and play, and if you've ever played in Morgantown, you know that's a very difficult place to play. Their fans are very passionate and very loud, and going against the No. 8 or No. 7 team in the country presents another challenge as they're very talented and led by their quarterback Geno Smith. And then with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, also, and then defensively Isaiah Bruce and Terence Garvin and Darwin Cook are the guys who lead them on defense. We're looking forward to going there and continuing to get better."
"I think his greatest talent is that he's humble, a team player. He's unselfish. He prepares like a veteran. I think that's the starting point. We're trying to keep his odometer down. We're not overloading him with plays, but at the same time when he's in the game, he's explosive. Again, we're going to continue to find ways to get him the ball, plus his kick returns. He's had two sizable kick returns already, one for a touchdown and another one 72 yards I think. Again, he's doing a great job. He catches the ball in the backfield, he blocks. He's running hard. He's unselfish on special teams. That's what has given him an opportunity to make an impact with the all-purpose right now."
"That's one of the things we talked about before the year, something that was going to be important to this football team. It's an in-state team, a very important game for a lot of reasons. One, because it's the next opportunity for us. You got a bad taste in your mouth. No one likes the way the last one ended. The only way you can change that is to go out and play on Saturday and play the way you're supposed to play the game."
"The Citadel is coming in. They've started off great this year. They've beaten two top 10 teams in their division, Georgia Southern and Appalachia State at Appalachia State last weekend. Triple option team that certainly presents a lot of problems to any defense when you have to get ready for it in one week. Offense is centered around Dupree, their quarterback, who makes the thing go. He's a very quick, fast guy that does a great job with the option. It'll be a big challenge for our defense and our football team this week, but look forward to a great night here."
"When you look at his production, he's done a great job as far as our kickoff returns. He's got to be in the top 10 in the country, one of the tops in the ACC in the returns there. Not so much in punts. Last couple games, punting situations where the ball is all over the place. But he has the confidence to run and go get a punt. There's an art to catching a punt and you have to be fearless. Think that's something he's demonstrated. I think the other thing he does, he's got great hands. Being able to come out of the backfield, go in as a running back, but play as a wide receiver in terms of the personnel groupings that we have, provides another asset that he can give us. Like I said, he is, like the other running backs, by committee, with Perry (Jones), K.P. (Kevin Parks), he has waited his time, been a cheerleader for all the other guys, now has embraced a role that has shown to increase his opportunities to touch the ball. He's been a pleasant, I don't want to say surprise, but a pleasant addition that his skills can go beyond returning kicks coming off of the backfield and even blocking."
"I'm really impressed with this football team. Very well-coached, play hard. They got experience. Offensively, defensively, up front, they're good. Back end, they're fast. They really play well on the special teams. This is a really good, well-coached football team that's coming in here Saturday. We're going to have to get ready to play a really good football game."
"Florida State is a very veteran football team. This is the most veteran football team that I remember. Of course I'm in my 12th season here now, but I don't ever remember a Florida State team playing as many juniors and seniors as they're playing right now. I think defensively Saturday they had 10 juniors and seniors starting for them. I think they had a sophomore corner who's another great player. But the thing that's remarkable to me about this Florida State team, they've always been very talented, but they've always relied on a lot of young players to play, and this is a pretty veteran, tough, hard-nosed, crusty football team...They remind me of some of the Florida State teams we played when we first got to Wake Forest. We weren't as competitive as we have been over the past few years, but -- and a couple of those Miami teams, a couple of Larry Coker's teams back in the day and a couple of the Virginia Tech teams that we faced, of the really, really good teams that we faced over the last 11 plus years, I would say they're right there with the best of them. I thought in all three areas, I thought offensively they were very talented, they run the ball well and they've got the real good quarterback and skilled receivers. I think their offensive line is playing good. I thought defensively they're really physical, they're big and physical and they run to the football and they don't make many mistakes. And then their kicking game I think is fantastic. They've got a kicker that kicks the ball as high as most people punt it, and so you've got some issues with trying to return kickoffs, and then I think their punting game is good. So I liked all three phases."