Highlights from Tommy Bowden Press Conference

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Tommy Bowden Press Conference

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On the loss last week to Wake Forest:

"In this profession, stuff like that is going to happen. We've got
three games left. We're sitting at 5-4 with three games left and
we've played pretty well at times, so I can't think of any reason the
team would not bounce back and respond. I come to work when it's
dark and go home when it's dark. I spend a lot of time preparing for
the next game. We've got five days left until Florida State. That's
pretty much where all my time and effort goes. I try not to waste
time thinking about the last game."

On Saturday's matchup:

"I think this is probably the best opportunity we've had since 1999.
They were down 23-0 against Miami. A lot of people probably thought
they were on their way to another 8-4 season. All of a sudden they
won the next week, and it's all forgotten. That'll be a similar
scenario here. If we beat Florida State, then Wake Forest will be
forgotten. Based on history, I think we've proven we can compete
with them. Our players know they can play with them. Look at how
well Georgia Tech played against Florida State, and how many
opportunities Tech had to win the game. I think there's another
Georgia Tech performance in this team (Clemson) this year."

On Florida State's improvement on defense:

"They've solved those issues from a year ago. I'm not sure
statistically what they are, but they're probably in the top five in
about every defensive category. They're second in scoring defense in
the nation. They run a little less zone, a little more man. They're
more intense and confident."

On the Bowden Bowls:

"There's obviously not as much media hype anymore. The first time
ever between father and son in the history of Division I was all
media hype. That's kind of worn out now. In past years, I'd spend
the first 10 or 15 minutes of the press conference answering that
question. Novelty has worn off. The desire to beat them is still
there. I've added four to his (his dad's) total, that's enough. Let
somebody else add."

On the tricks used in these games:

"I get him every year on the fakes. Every year he knows it's coming.
We got them on a fake kickoff (onside kick) last year. I've got
about four more days to think of some. He knows it's coming. It's
just a matter of when, not if."

On keys to stopping Florida State:

"I don't think there's any doubt you have to stop the run, regardless
of whom you play. This will be the same-case. I'd be more afraid of
their running game than their passing game. We had a lot of trouble
tackling Greg Jones last year. We'll have a lot of guys playing who
were in last year. Our players should remember him well.
I don't know if he's back 100 percent from his injury, but
he's had a very productive year coming off the type of injury he had.
They have two or three guys that are all good though. Lorenzo Booker
was the player of the year in the state of Florida is the
fourth-teamer. Then they've got Willie Reid, who moved to wideout I
think. In their mind, they've probably got about four starters with
very little separation. They have different styles, but little
separation as far as status is concerned."

QB Charlie Whitehurst

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LB John Leake

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WR Curtis Baham

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DB Justin Miller

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