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Dabo Swinney ACC teleconference transcript

by TigerNet Staff - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 4:57 PM
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COACH SWINNEY: Good to be with you guys
today. Obviously coming off a tough loss for us
and we don't have a game this Saturday, but the
open date for us has really worked out well. We
have a lot of guys that we have got to get healthy
and get everybody kind of recharged here for a
tough November coming up.

But you know, I like where our
team is right now. I like how they have responded.
And going back to work on Monday and looking
forward to getting back out there again and
obviously getting ready for a tough Wake Forest
team that's having a very good season.

With that, I'll take your questions.

Q. I just wanted to ask what the last
two weeks in the running game, they have not
been as efficient, is that Andre being banged
up or is there something else going on?

COACH SWINNEY: No, well
obviously it was a problem in Atlanta. We didn't
have Andre. But previous week versus North
Carolina, we really, to be honest with you, we did
not really try to run the ball a whole lot. We felt like
that we were going to have to throw the football
against those guys based on their personnel, the
things they presented, opportunities.

You always are finding the best
way to attack the opponent. And that proved to be
the case. We threw the ball very, very well against
North Carolina and then this past week, we wanted
to be able to run the ball out. Actually that was our
plan going in. And we -- first half, we had ten
rushes for 54 yards which is not bad, but just the
game really got away from us quickly. And we
probably got away from the run a little bit too early.

But you know, you get three
touchdowns down to those guys and their style of
play with how they grind the clock, we got -- we
had to kind of go more to throwing the football.
Certainly played more to their strengths.

Q. And forgive me, I may probably have
addressed this, but is the week off going to
help Andre (Ellington)?

COACH SWINNEY: Yeah, he'll be
fine. He'll be fine. And he got better each day last
week. It was just he just couldn't -- he just couldn't
go full speed and we went with the two freshmen.
It was a good experience for those guys. They
both made for some critical mistakes. The two
fumbles were costly. But you know, they are
young guys and I believe in them and they are
going to learn from it and get better, no doubt
about it.

But we'll have him back full speed
and ready to go when we play Wake.
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