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WFU's Jim Grobe meets the press to preview the Maryland game

Posted Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Tuesday Football Press Conference Quotes

Winston-Salem, NC - Wake Forest football head coach Jim Grobe and four student-athletes met with the media on Tuesday to review the East Carolina game and to look ahead to Saturday's Maryland game.

Head Coach Jim Grobe

On the ECU game:
"I thought defensively we relaxed and had our eyes on the scoreboard. I was disappointed in the overall intensity from our defense for four quarters. We had too many missed tackles and too many missed assignments. I think part of that was be too young and getting too comfortable with the lead."

On getting the first win:
"We really needed the ECU win, and now we really need to step it up the next two games, you don't want to ever waste an opportunity to play at home, and with Maryland coming to town, the first ACC game this will be big for us."

On the offense:
"I thought we played about as well as we could offensively, but I was real disappointed in the turnover at the end of the game."

On Benjamin Mauk:
"Our expectations for Ben are so high that it's hard for him to meet them. We have to remember that he is a sophomore, and we're trying to get him to realize that you don't have to win the game by yourself. If you don't protect the football, you can lose the game. I think he has got plenty of ability to run the offense. He has just got to do what he's coached to do and no more. I think that he is starting to figure that out right now."

On Maryland:
"They (Maryland) threw the ball real well against West Virginia and didn't run as much as I expected. They have a real special tight end, and they probably have the most talented group of receivers that we've faced, and a quarterback who seems to be getting much better running their offense each week."

On what a win against Maryland would mean:
"It'd be nice to get our record back to even, and playing within your division, getting into the ACC is a little exciting for everybody. I think we have a little extra motivation because we haven't beaten Maryland since I've been here."

Senior running back Chris Barclay

On getting the first win:
"We were searching for a win, and it was great to get a win before going into an ACC game."

On playing with Micah Andrews:
"Both of us are very competitive, but we have enough confidence in each other to get the job finished. I try to help him out as much as I can. It doesn't matter who starts because we know that we will get the job done."

On getting into the ACC schedule:
"It's nice to have all ACC games remaining, but it also has drawbacks: each victory is big, but each loss is big as well. In any given week in this league, you can go down. We have to come out ready to play and try to get as many wins as we can."

On the Maryland defense:
"Their defense is really talented. They have a lot of speed and talent on their team. It will be a great match-up and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

On winning games and breaking records:
"Getting any records for myself is not going to garner us nine wins and a bowl bid. Whatever it takes for us to win is what I'm focused on now."

On breaking records:
"I don't want to get caught up in the records. I just want to win games. After the season it might sink in, but the most important thing is to beat Maryland and get a bowl bid later."

On Maryland as a team:
"Ralph Fridgen and his coaching staff do a great job in preparation. They're a real physical team and it's always a close game whether it's a shootout or a low-scoring game like last year."

Sophomore running back Micah Andrews

On getting the first win:
"We know what it takes to win now. You need that every season. That first win gets imprinted on your brain. We have to keep the heat up. We eliminated a lot of the mistakes we made the first two games and I think we know now that we can't make those mistakes against good teams and expect to win."

On playing Maryland:
"They're 0-1 in the conference and it's our first conference game, so it's a big game for both of us. These next couple of games will be very crucial. This is important for us."

On having a strong backfield:
"Chris (Barclay) and I have an attitude that if Chris doesn't do it, I think he feels that it will be done anyways. I feel the same way. If I don't do it, it will be done anyway. We're a little spoiled right now because we have each other to fall back on. I think it will only work as an advantage for us."

On sharing carries with Chris Barclay:
"I was a lot less sore than say a game like Vanderbilt. It did pay off wearing the defense down. It ensures that both of us had a pretty good day. There is a lot of competition in practice in who wants to be ordained as the best back. That's just being an athlete. The starter is just the guy who is on the field first. What matters is who is on the field to finish the game. To me and Chris, it wasn't a matter of starting; it was just playing an intricate part of the team and helping the team out. We're both happy."

On working to be the best running back:
"It always pushes you harder. To think that if you work hard enough to be better than Chris, it means you are in a pretty good spot for the future. You can't get much better than Chris, and that means there aren't too many people better than you. If I can work hard enough to be better than Chris then I think I am in a very good position."

Junior safety Josh Gattis

On practicing after a win:
"It's good to have a win. We faced two tough teams in the beginning of the season and didn't come out on the winning column. Last week, we came out in the winning column against East Carolina. It's good to get one under the belt and hopefully we can get many more this season."

On playing a division opponent:
"It's definitely important. One thing we made a big emphasis in the offseason was that the road to Jacksonville starts in the conference. To start off 1-0 in the ACC would be a big deal to us because Maryland is a tough opponent and not one that any of us have beat, so we really need this game bad."

On playing at home to start the ACC division games:
"It's a good thing to start at home in a tough division like this. If we can just get an upper hand, and just win these two games I think we'll be straight."

On the attitude that a win gives us:
"Well it helps us out attitude wise. But we can't sit here and brag about the game that we won. You know we got a long schedule ahead of us and we got a lot of games that's coming up where any team can beat any team. So we're celebrating this win, but at the same time we're focusing on getting another one."

On Maryland tight end Vernon Davis:
"He's is a big tight end. He's a very talented player. We need to go out there, execute our defense, have minimal mistakes and tackle well this week."

Junior safety Patrick Ghee

On the rookie cornerbacks:
"They're doing great, especially scheme-wise they're doing exactly what they are supposed to: making athletic plays, making great tackles, great coverage and pass break-ups and everything. They're just doing a great job right now."

On how the cornerbacks making make the safety's job easier:
"I can worry more about the runs, the inside games I can worry more about helping inside. I think they're doing a great job."

On Maryland being an important game for the Deacons:
"All ACC games are important. This one is real special to us because since I've been here we have not beat Maryland. To get a win would be great for our program. Maryland's a good team, a real talented team, and it's Homecoming this week. To get a win in front of our fans would be great too."

On the defense giving up 34 points last week:
"We need to work on missed tackles. We missed a lot of tackles on Saturday. We need to improve our on missed assignments. If we do that, we should be fine."

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