CLEMSON -- Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden was available to the media by teleconference on Sunday to discuss the win over La Tech.
Tommy Bowden, Windows Media, (15:09)
Tommy Bowden notes and quotes from his Sunday teleconference:
Dealing with mistakes made in the 52-0 victory
The fumbles by the two true freshman I think we can correct. Anytime you
play young guys you have to count on mistakes. But the blocked extra point was a
low kick. (Jad's) been erratic all season. The guy just stuck up his
arm and blocked it. Those things will cost you in a game like Wake
On staying focused
One thing this team has done in five games is take it one game at a time.
Until they prove me wrong it looks like we'll be able to do that again.
Traditionally in the past Wake is a poor environment. This will be entirely
different. We had to motivate for La. Tech. We won't have to motivate for this
one. They've had our number.
Kickoff coverage problems
We don't have the guys doing
the right thing. I'll take the blame for it myself on the phone and in the
paper. When I hang this phone up I'm not (laughter).
Wake Forest's hot start
The only thing this is going to ensure is that Wake is at a higher level
than they've been since 1987 (the last time the Deacons started 5-0). That will
elevate their players another notch. If anything it will take them a notch
higher, which doesn't bode well for us.
Michael Hamlin's status this week
I don't know what kind of impact he can have. He hasn't played in three or
four weeks. They run such a unique offense, I don't know how we would use him.
He'll probably come back as a starter since he was a starter when he was
injured, but I don't know what kind of impact he can have.
Nick Watkins played really, really good. Jock McKissick did well. Thomas
Austin, Corey Lambert and Barry Humphries all played pretty well.
Improvement in the running game
I couldn't get it done. I had to change. I hired a guy named Rob Spence who
had experience at this level calling plays with the run and run-action pass. He
implemented that system and you can see the results. Now we have a good line and
good backs, but I think it's the change in the system that's been the
Getting young players on film
The biggest thing is the game experience, then the second thing is seeing
it on film and getting things corrected. You just can't duplicate the experience
of playing at game speed at this level. It's not like high school. At 20-some
plays a game, now some of them have played a whole game. In the past we haven't
been able to do that.
Back-to-back games at Wake
I couldn't understand when I saw the schedule. Other schools in the
conference are doing it, too. But as an outsider looking in if you're playing
games back-to-back in the same stadium, ours holds 80,000 and theirs 35,000.
Seems the conference could make more money if they played back-to-back games in
our stadium instead of theirs. But nobody asked me.
Note - 81 players got into the game vs. Louisiana Tech.