Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference Highlights

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Tommy Bowden on:

Georgia Tech Game being a must win

"It's a game we have to win if we want to win the conference. If you
want to win the conference championship, you won't do it with two
losses. So in that regard, it's a must win."


"A lot of times when you talk about injuries people say you're making
excuses so I'm just responding to the question. This is the most
injuries we've had since I've been here as far as season ending
injuries or after a game. We were kind of thin at some positions
anyway so it's a little more costly.

"We were already thin in the defensive line. With Jovon Bush and Nick
Eason out at this point in the week, it makes it a little more thin.
It just happens to be the first time since I've been a head coach
I've had this many. Usually we don't talk this much about injuries.
If we don't get J.J. McKelvey and Matt Bailey back then it could
affect our game plan and we'll go to more three-receiver sets. You
plan around it because you have to make decisions about redshirting.
We do talk about it and do have a generic plan."

Expectations for freshmen

"Any time you sign high profile guys out of high school everyone
expects a lot out of them. Most places it's difficult for a true
freshman to come in and be productive right away. It's a pretty big

Georgia Tech defense

"I would think the turning point a couple of years ago was when they
started a bunch of young guys and they all came back this year and
they're all back this year. They've got a lot of experience and a lot
of depth. They've had pretty good recruiting years back to back to
back. Their defensive ends are starting to look Florida State-ish in
Gathers and Rogers. You watch film and you see turf come up went they
some out of their stance like Corey Moore used to do at Virginia

Georgia Tech offense

"From the little bit of film that I've seen, in the Syracuse game for
example, I saw a little bit more I-formation running than I have in
the past. Maybe that's a toughness aspect he wants to get back to. I
think they only threw the ball 15 times or so in the Navy game so you
might se more of a run emphasis."

Responding to loss

"I lost four games the first year at Tulane and six games my first
year here and I've been around for years and had to respond either as
a coordinator or seen other head coaches respond. It's not new other
than the fact that we've had so many injuries. So it's not so much
the environment of losing but the injury problem I've never had to


"I thought the crowd was probably the loudest since the Florida State
game my first year here. I thought it was a factor there late with
helping us swing momentum. My personal feelings about the crowd were

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