Tommy Bowden Press Conference

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Clemson Head Coach, Tommy Bowden –

"Coach Herring was here eight years and I know he really enjoyed that time. He did a very good job for me and I told him he could have stayed here as long as I was here. Some of our players are familiar with him. He likes to blitz a lot and that really fits his personality. He was a really good football coach when he left and then he went and spent two years in the pros and that made him even a better coach."

"He has played enough teams with similar formations, protections, and runs that we have that I don't think his familiarity with our offense creates any type of advantage. He is doing some of the same things defensively there that he did here."

"As we are finding out, things are tough every week in this conference. The competition in this conference is showing that there is a lot more parody than there used to be. The competitiveness of each game shows that. When you look at Clemson of the 1980's and the way they dominated defensively, it's something we want to do. Its going to be harder to do that though now because offenses have made so much progress."

"Blitzing doesn't effect the pace of your offense as much as it does schemes. Blitzing is usually pretty tough on the running game. It forces you to make decisions according to your schemes more so than it does your pace."

"It seems that we have picked up our pass rush and it seems that our coverage on the perimeter is a lot tighter. We are stopping the run right now. If you can stop the run and get them behind the chains it makes it easier on you. The last two games we have been able to stop the run."

"The defense wants to see that kind of performance carry on for the remainder of the season. Everyone wants a third performance like that and then a fourth. It will be a challenge because it is hard to perform like that every week."

"At some point on offense we have to mature and be able to perform against the great defenses we see every week. It's going to be tough because most teams aren't going to score a lot of points against good defenses. We have had some good and bad performances. We scored 37 against Wake Forest and Florida State only got 20 against them. We had 461 yards of offense against Georgia Tech. Its up and down and not always consistent, and we haven't played smart the last few weeks. We have to correct the mistakes such as penalties and things of that nature."

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