Quotes from Bowden Weekly Press Conference


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Bowden's weekly press conference will be aired on
FOX Sports South

The performance of the Clemson defense against NC State:

"We gave up a couple of big plays defensively and we have not done
that yet this year. We also had a couple of very foolish penalties at the
end of the first half which led to a score. The eight minute drive they
had at the beginning of the second half was also very discouraging. We
gave up 35 points to a team that was averaging about 17. Jamie Barnette has
been a very productive four-year starter and we knew that it was only a
matter of time before he broke out of his slump. Unfortunately, it came
against us."


Clemson's decision to go away from the running game against NC State:

"As long as I am a head coach, I will never abandon the running if
I do not have to. NC State has good coaches and they simply took the
running game away from us. They put seven or eight guys on the line and I
did not think it made sense for us to try to keep trying to run the ball.
When teams blitz like they did, we are going to have to throw the ball."


Woodrow Dantzler's performance against NC State:

"For the first time starting in this offense, I thought he did a
pretty good job. I promise you if you watch him in two more years you will
see an even more productive player. We scored 31 points, so it is not like
we were not moving the ball on offense. Once he becomes a little more
experienced with what we are trying to do then he will be able to make
quicker decisions and the blitzes will not bother him."


On Maryland Head Coach Ron Vanderlinden:

"I think that his past success gave him a lot of confidence when he
took over at Maryland. He has been there three years, and statistically
they have made improvements every year. He has gone into Maryland knowing
exactly what he wanted to do and he has done that with great confidence.
He has every reason to be confident. Maryland has not been 4-1 since 1995."


On Maryland's kick return team:

"If we do chose to use the sky kick then we do not want to give
them too good of field position. This week we will have to evaluate
whether or not it makes sense for us to kick it deep to them or not. We
will have to look at the film and decide whether or not there have been
breakdowns in their opponents kick coverage or if their return men having
been making great plays. If we do sky kick, we want them to down the ball
around the 25 yard line."


On the reasons for Maryland's success this season:

"I think the biggest key to Maryland's success this season has been
a positive turnover margin. They are second in the nation in that
category. Most of the teams that are highly ranked have good turnover
margins. Going back to the late 1970's and early 1980's, Maryland has an
excellent tradition in football. With their 4-1 record this year, we are
going to be facing a very good Maryland team this weekend."

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