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Wake Forest football press conference quotes

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe and a trio of Deacons met with the the media on Tuesday afternoon at the weekly press conference to look back at the East Carolina game and ahead to North Carolina A&T.

Head Coach Jim Grobe

On the week after the win:

“You always feel better with a win. I told our players I was disappointed in some of our inconsistencies, but we won. It’s nice to win and be able to work on problems after a victory.”

On potentially playing in the remnants of Hurricane Ivan:

“We’ve certainly had a lot of practice in the rain in August and early September, so I doubt that the rain will be much of an issue. I’m sure they’ve practiced in it quite a bit this summer and we have too. You don’t know who it’s going to help. I’ve been on running teams and passing teams and played against both types of offenses. You really don’t know who has got the advantage when it gets wet.”

On scouting NC A&T:

“We exchange film, so we have their first games and they have our first two games. We’re on even footing, so we both have the same ability to look at each other, just as much as we normally do. They like to run the football, like us. They’re big up front, and like to go after people. They have a huge, veteran offensive line. They like to make them the focal point and run behind those guys. They have really nice receivers to throw the ball to. I’m impressed with what they do: they don’t turn the ball over a lot, they don’t beat themselves, they have a really good defensive team, and they play to that strength.”

On playing at home after two games on the road:

“Being on the road twice to open the season in really tough environments, I told someone the other day, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in that environment at East Carolina than the one we faced at Clemson in the opener. It will be nice to have our guys at home and not have to jump on those buses, and it will be nice to be at home. Any time you’re at home and don’t have to travel it’s an advantage. Travel can be a detraction; it gets kids to maybe not focus too much on the game and more on the trip. It’s nice to be at home, our fans have been great; we had a great group at Clemson and a great group at East Carolina. It will be nice to have more of them at home.”

On wide receivers stepping up in the wake of Jason Anderson’s injury:

“We had several guys catch footballs, and that is going to make us a better team. With Jason out there, you had the impression that all we wanted to do was go to him, which is not the way our offense is designed. But with Jason down, a lot of guys had to step up and they did that against East Carolina.”

On NC A&T:

“This is a good football team, no question about it. Last year they were in the playoffs. They’re a really strong defensive football team, lot of athletes on the offensive side of the ball, and I like the things they’re doing on special teams. I think this is a very well coached football team and a very talented football team.”

On Cory Randolph playing the whole game at East Carolina:

“I had Ben [Mauk] warmed up and ready to go for Cory right when Willie [Idlette] fumbled the punt. I told Jeff Mullen, our quarterbacks coach, that if they get the ball in the end zone, we’ve got to stay with the guy that’s been there before. Ben has earned the right in practice to get some playing time. The only question about Ben is I haven’t gotten him enough game time, but we’re going to try and do that. We’ll do that when it’s appropriate, my number one goal is to win football games. Not just at quarterback but at every position, I’d like to get as many guys that deserve a chance to play. Every week guys that work hard, we try and get on the field, some quicker than others. We won’t treat the quarterback position any different than we do an offensive guard or a defensive tackle. We’d like to play Ben, but our first priority is doing what we think is best to win football games.”

Sophomore safety Josh Gattis

On East Carolina:

“It was a great feeling coming out of the East Carolina game for our first win. We played hard against Clemson, we just lost it in the last few plays. This week, we really felt proud of our team and the way we played. It felt great to come home with a win.”

On 4-3 Defense:

“A lot of guys have adapted to it well. It gives our linebackers a chance to make some plays. We are able to play a lot of man coverage in the secondary and it gives our defensive line extra pass rushers. It is working well for our defense right now.”

On NC A&T:

“When you are playing a team regardless of Division I or I-A, you have to approach every team the same way. If you don’t focus on the game, any team can slip you up. Our team is taking pride in our focusing this week. We are focused going into the game.”

Junior quarterback Cory Randolph

On struggling at Clemson vs. playing well at East Carolina:

“We just played a good game on offense. We had a great scheme and I thought we executed well. But that’s football. Even the great NFL guys have bad games. It just comes with the territory and it is something you have to deal with. You just have to go on.”

On Jason Anderson’s injury:

“Jason’s our top guy, but I think it gives some of the other guys opportunity, like it did Saturday to go out and showcase their talent so that they can go our there and make plays like Jason. This will help us out a lot just in case another team wants to double up on Jason, we have another outlet to go to where they can’t just focus on Jason.”

Sophomore offensive lineman Steve Vallos

On the injuries on the offensive line:

“You have to get a feel for who is playing next to you on each side and what they can account for. It takes a lot of communication between everyone. You have to be smart and understand the defense and what play we are running. It is pretty tough.”

On home game:

“I’m pretty excited about that. I’m tired of three-hour bus rides like the past two weekends. It’s the home opener and I think we’ll get a lot of fans and have a good crowd.”

On playing NC A&T:

“We definitely need the win. It should be a good game. Every in-state team is going to come after you. In-state rivals always come after you.”

 
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