Quotes from Monday's Press Conference


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CLEMSON COACH TOMMY BOWDEN COMMENTS ON...


his ACC-Coach-of-the-Year award.

"That award usually means that your team has experienced some
success. I think the award is a direct reflection on our staff
and players. As a matter of fact, it is more related to their participation
and effort than anything I have done."


the long layover before the bowl game.

"I would not say the layover is the toughest part. Our players do
not have class so the preparation will not be that difficult either.
The toughest part is going against a team with linemen over 300 pounds and
a defense that is ranked number one in the nation overall."


preparing his team for the bowl game.

"There is a fine line between making it too much work and not
enough reward for the players. Finding that balance between work and
pleasure is the most difficult part of being a head coach. I feel
comfortable with what we are doing but that is no guarantee that we are
going to win the game. Usually the team with the best players wins, but
overall I am very pleased with what we are doing."


Clemson's offensive strategy against the Mississippi State defense.

"They really take away the run. They are ranked number one in the
country in overall defense and against the run. The execution of our
passing game is going to be very important. Both Woody and Brandon have
proven they can throw the ball. If our protection is breaking down then
Woody would probably be able to escape their pressure better. If our
protection is good then Brandon would probably be able to find that secondary
receiver better."


CLEMSON PLAYERS


Brian Wofford comments on the importance of winning a bowl game during
his final year at Clemson.


"It is really important because you would like to be able to win
your final game. We have not won a bowl game since 1993 so it would be
great to go out with a win. There have been several classes before me that
have left without winning a bowl game and I do not want that to happen this
year."


Brian Wofford comments on the importance of Clemson's receivers in this game.

"Our receivers have had a big responsibility all season so it will
not be any different for this game. It is basically our four or five
receivers against their four or five players in the secondary. As usual if
we make plays then we will win the ball game and if their secondary makes
plays, they will win the game."


Woodrow Dantzler comments on the game.

"Their front line and their secondary are very tough. We are going
to have to come out and execute. Their defensive statistics and their ranking
in the country speak for themselves. For us to win, we are really going to
have to play well on offense."

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