Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference

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Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference, Windows Media, (41:00)

Dan Scott interview with Bobby Williamson, Windows Media, (6:26)

Charles Bennett, Windows Media, (5:26)

Gaines Adams, Windows Media, (5:48)

Bowden Quotes

Opening statement

We did elect captains for the game – Curtis Baham, Tye Hill, Lionel Richardson. Major concerns (about Boston College) would be their ability to run the ball because of their size and keeping the ball giving us limited possessions. Any time you play a wishbone team you can anticipate about nine possessions per game. This is not wishbone but it is a similar philosophy where you keep the other team off and your team on the field by run and run play action pass. They recruit that philosophy with 6-8, 6-9, 6-7 offensive linemen. Also (a concern) is our ability to run the ball since this has been a huge emphasis for us. Their interior guys go 360, 340 and 290 is their little one. Their 290 little one is our big ones. That’s the biggest we got and that’s their smallest.

I don't think their players will be intimidated at all playing here, in fact I think they will be excited to play in this type of environment. However, I do think that the crowd can cause some disruptions in the communication in the offensive line and make it difficult on an offense. Our crowd noise will not intimidate them, but it could disrupt their communication on offense."

"I appeal for our crowd to be a factor again because we are playing another quality opponent that was ranked in the preseason top 25 and is still ranked 25th by one poll. Boston College and Florida State were picked as the divisional front runners based on past performances and it will be important for our crowd to be a factor."

"I look back at last year and I think one of the big factors (after the tough loss in 2004 to Georgia Tech) was that we had to go on the road to play Texas A&M after a tough loss at home to Georgia Tech. This year, we are playing at home after our first loss, so hopefully that will work in our favor. A lot has been said and written about the participation of our crowd so far this year, and this week is another sellout against a quality opponent that is nationally ranked. I think that maybe it will be a little different environment than we were in last year."

"I like the comments our players are making regarding the game last week and bouncing back this week, but again this team is now facing a situation we haven't faced before. We have to practice and play after a loss, and we haven't done that yet. I'm anxious to see if what we are saying is merited by play."

"I think it makes my job easier this week from a motivational standpoint in that we are playing a quality opponent in Boston College that is also in our division. If we were playing a lesser opponent it may be a different motivational challenge, but with us playing a divisional opponent that is nationally ranked it makes my job easier."

"You have a different game plan each week, and we will have some different wrinkles added this week, but that happens every game. Our ability to run the football is a concern, but we are not going to change what we are doing. We are going to continue to do what we do, and we just have to get better results."

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