Highlights from Tommy Bowden Press Conference


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Tommy Bowden Press Conference

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On the changes of Wake Forest football:

"If you look at Wake Forest back when I was in the conference in the
80s (as assistant at Duke), or in Clemson's heyday, it's a different
program today. I don't know their statistics, but when is the last
time Wake Forest has been bowl eligible three out of four years?
So it's definitely a different team. I know they've been a tough
team for us. Ask N.C. State, they were down a large margin at the
half. I've got tremendous respect for Coach (Jim) Grobe. After his
first two years in the conference, I told him to hurry up and leave
back toward the Big 10 or back where he came from. Then he signed
that long-term contract, and I said 'that's not good for the rest of
us.'"


On the close games the last two years:

"It's easy for us to focus on Wake Forest because of the game the
last couple of years. Last year, we had a guy (Brian Mance) strip it
going into the endzone to stop a possible overtime. The year before,
Charles Hafley intercepted a pass in the endzone when they were going
down for chance at overtime. My first year here, the score was 12-3.
Look at what they did to Oregon in the bowl game last year. They won
by 20 over a team that was second in the nation the previous year.
You bring out statistics like I just did to your kids. They sure
deserve a lot of credit for what they have accomplished."


Thoughts on the UNC game:

"Defensively, we obviously didn't play as well as we had in the
previous six or seven games. But again, when you take a step
backward in a certain area and still win the game, I think it says a
little bit about your team. We didn't play well against the run or
the pass, but we did create more turnovers than we have previously
this year. We made some improvement on offense. From a team
perspective, we won the game. So it's hard to call it a step back.
We'll only take a step backward if we don't improve on those mistakes
this week against Wake Forest."


On keys to stopping Wake:

"You have to play assignment football against them. They can attack
weak and strong sides of the defense. They run a lot of routes where
they'll send a back out on a wheel. Is there an area that has to
play better? Their running statistics are better than their passing
statistics, the only team in the ACC where that is the case. I'd
say our front four and the two linebackers have to play well, simply
because their rushing statistics our better. They lead the ACC in
rushing. You also have to involve your rover or whip in stopping
their running attack, because you've got to watch out for a possible
reverse."


On the no-huddle offense:

"I came in one day after the Furman game and thought our comfort zone
was better in the no-huddle offense than with a huddle. We'll still
huddle some, but not nearly as much as we did those first two games."


On offensive line depth:

"I ask Ron West not to tell me when he puts in the freshmen. We had
Brandon Pilgrim, Marion Dukes, Roman Fry, Dustin Fry, and Nathan
Bennett in the game for an extended amount of time last week. That's
two true freshmen and three red-shirt freshmen on the field at the
same time. A lot of them got more work than they've ever gotten, so
it'll pay dividends for us down the road as far as keeping our
starters a little fresh for the fourth quarter."


QB Charlie Whitehurst

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LB John Leake

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OL Tommy Sharpe

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DB Justin Miller

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