Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference Highlights

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Clemson head Coach Tommy Bowden on ......

Responding to Loss

"There's a lot of teams having the same type of discussions
we were. High school, college and pro teams are having those
discussions about reacting after a loss. Just because you're mad and
have pride doesn't mean you're going to win the next game unless you
do something productive as far as practice and eliminating mistakes.
They're having the same discussion in Eugene, OR and Fresno, CA. The
teams that survive and go on are the teams that respond."

Dropped Balls by receivers

"I think in the time I've been here we've never had that
many. We've also never had three freshmen on the field either. I
look at it more as youth and inexperience. Derrick Hamilton hasn't
dropped many balls as a freshman and he had a bad game. I think any
time you have young guys rather than experienced guys you have to
weather the storm. We're not going to bench a freshman for dropping a
ball. Several performances like that in a row and then you have to do
something to get their attention. "

Forcing Turnovers

"As a coach, the number one thing you want is effort and I
can't fault the effort. Right now, we're 104th in the nation in
turnover margin. We didn't put the ball on the ground or throw an
interception into coverage against North Carolina. But they (Julius
Peppers) tipped a ball, it went straight up and the guy didn't have
to go anywhere. I think if you play hard those things will eventually
come in line. You don't sit there and wait for breaks, you go make
them happen by playing hard. I think Bear Bryant said it's better to
be lucky than good and there's some luck involved with football.
We're 4-2 right now and we haven't gotten any. "

Wake Forest Head Coach Jim Grobe

"I wish he would go back to the Midwest where he's from
because he's done a really good job. The games they're losing,
they're losing close. To me that's a sign of a well-coached team,
they are in every game. The new coaches in this conference have all
done an excellent job. I hate it. I like it when they hire bad guys
and they do a poor job. It's good for the conference, it's bad for
employment and the rest of us."

Wake Forest's style

"Their [offensive] scheme is really good, running the ball is
very important to them. Defensively, they take away the run and make
you throw it. I think the difference this year that is helping them
on defense is their offense has got a run-option type and they're
keeping the ball, accumulating rushing yardage, which runs the clock
and keeps some guys off the field."

Wake Forest receiver John Stone's speed

"If you're in man coverage you better be careful. He's been
there for a couple of years and we've played against him a couple of
times so we'll be familiar with it and hopefully play according to
his speed. But we are aware of it like Peppers an Simms last week.


On North Carolina's defeat of Clemson:
"I was surprised in Death Valley. You can usually take Clemson's best
shot at home. Very impressive performance on both sides of the ball.
Those things happen from time to time. I was really surprised with the

On what can take from Carolina's win:
"I think that is in the past. We are going to see a different Clemson
football team on Saturday. I very motivated, upset team. For us we are
a little bit different than North Carolina. Carolina defensively is one
of the better teams in the country right now."

"We are going to take a little bit different approach. Try to find ways
to put a little more pressure. For us offensively we have to keep our
quarterbacks healthy. "

On update of quarterback injuries:

"Anthony has the green light to practice today. We are not going to
practice him full speed but see how he feels running around and throwing
a little bit. We hope to have him on Saturday and a lot will be
determined how he feels on Saturday. Our comforts will be a lot better
if we have both quarterbacks ready to go."

On playing Clemson for homecoming:

"Well, we have to play Clemson. We can't take them off the schedule.
For a football coach you don't notice holidays that much. For us it
doesn't matter that Clemson is here for homecoming, what does matter is
that Clemson is in town and we have a really good football team coming
to Groves Stadium."

On distraction of first TV game of the season:

"For our guys it's a matter of taking care of Wake Forest. Who we play
right now is not as important as how we play. We are a young football
team and we can't get too caught up in television, homecoming, whatever.
Our guys just need to go out and do their job."

On Clemson's Woody Dantzler:

"I think he played some superhuman defensive players at North Carolina.
They have some guys that will be some first round draft picks in the
country. I don't think it detracts from Dantzler, I think it tells you
how good Carolina is on defense."

On running or throwing offense:

"We have run better than we have thrown it. We obviously would like to
throw it a little bit better. They would look at our stats and say that
we do a pretty good job at running the football and we need to stop
that. It wouldn't surprise me if they put more people in the box to
stop the run."

On a weakness in Clemson's program:

"I don't think that there are weak links anywhere in Clemson's program.
They have great talent at every position. I think they are struggling
at little bit like we are playing young players."

On motivation- either postseason bowl or game-by-game:

"I think our guys have been on a roller coaster this year. Five close
games we are 2-3. We have played some good football teams. Our guys
are motivated primarily that we have chance to be a good football team.
We are not there yet but we have a chance to be. They would like to

Wake Forest Players

Eric King, Freshman Defensive Back

On North Carolina's 38-3 win over Clemson:

"Pretty good game on Carolina's part. They did a good job on defense. It
was not a good job on Clemson's part. We know that Clemson will be ready
to play [on Saturday]. Carolina has exposed teams [FSU and UNC] for us.
We must learn from our mistakes against Florida State if we want to
succeed against Clemson."

On facing a no huddle offense:

"We face [a no huddle offense] all spring, summer, and fall in practice,
so it won't be a problem. It will be different though because they have
such great athletes. Problems we may have will be on substituting
because they are so quick. The fast pace may not let us get aligned on

On Clemson Quarterback Woody Dantzler:

"We want to prove ourselves against a great quarterback like Dantzler.
We are going up against a great athlete, but he is human. He will make
mistakes. He can be stopped. He is a phenomenal athlete, probably the
best QB we will face all year."

Blake Henry, Junior Offensive Guard

On the week off:

"It definitely helped. At practice [Monday] we were upbeat and
rejuvenated. Also gave us more time to prepare for Clemson. We are
preparing for their defense, which has lots of movement and changes.
They have lots of substitutions on defense."

On motivation:

"We don't concentrate on what other schools do against our
opponents...[Clemson] will be frustrated after the loss to UNC, but we
have to concentrate on what we need to do. Clemson is one of the best
teams this year. We lost by fifty points last year and they took out our
quarterback. That should be motivation enough."

On bowl game implications:

"This is a very important game for us. We are 3-3, so this is a turning
point in our season. We must have it if we want to get to a bowl game."

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