Tuesday Football Press Conference Quotes

Sept. 1, 2009

Press Conference Video: Grobe | Ghee | Nenon | Russell | Skinner

Head Coach Jim Grobe

Jim Grobe


On getting ready for Saturday...
"There's no preseason game for college football so the first time you really find out whether you're ready to play is in the first game. It makes the coaches a little bit nervous and it puts the players on edge. But we're as ready as we can be, you've just got to go out and play.

We really haven't had many bad practices. For the most part we've had good competition, good effort in practice. It's been one of the better Augusts I think we've had since I've been here.

The problem in August is you to compete against each other in offensive in defense. We got to where we limited our mistakes against our offense and our defense, then you start working on Baylor and reliving a lot of those mistakes again. Hopefully by Saturday we'll have it worked out."

On Robert Griffin (QB) and Baylor...
"He's very talented. They do a great job running the option. He's got great foot speed. He makes a lot of people miss. They really make you work hard to stop their running game, but he's a very talented thrower and they have some really dangerous receivers. They're the whole package. They're not a one dimensional football team."

On Wake Forest's defense...
"Last year we had some big plays out of Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry. It'll be fun to find out who is going to step up. The expectations are that this a young defense and that we'll probably start slow and come up at the end of the year. But I think we are challenging this group to start fast. A key for us this year will be if the offense is able to stay on the field a little longer than we did last year. With a young defense you'd hate to go three and out a lot on offense. A big part of playing good defense is having an offense that can hang on to the football for a while and spend more time than the defense out there."

John Russell


Senior defensive tackle John Russell

On players improving in the last weeks of camp...
"I've seen a lot of those guys assume a leadership role which is something they didn't have to do last year because we had a lot of senior leadership. In terms of playing ability, I already knew they were great players because I've been with them for three or four years. A lot of the guys like Hunter Haynes, Matt Woodleif and Jonathan Jones, that they are really good players they just haven't had a chance to shine because of guys that were playing in front of them. There's a lot of ability out there. I think we've had a good camp in terms of nurturing it and getting guys headed in the right direction and knowing where they're supposed to be and what they're supposed to do."

On the low expectations of the Deacon defense...
"As a defensive player you don't like to hear it. In a way you take offense to it. You have to take it as a challenge to get better. We've all talked about taking that perspective of being a weakling and changing it from day 1. That's something we've taken pride in and our coaches haven't let us forgot that people are expecting us to be weak and soft and inexperienced. We take it to heart and grow off of it is what we're trying to do."

On countering Baylor QB Robert Griffin...
"Robert Griffin. He's the guy. He's the franchise. He's Vince Young type athlete. He even wears number 10. It's kind of spooky seeing him out there. We're just hoping to slow him down, because he's going to make his plays. He had three or four plays last year that were just unbelievable."

Russell Nenon


Junior center Russell Nenon

On getting ready for game day...
"I'm pretty excited, and I'm ready to get things rolling. I can't believe it's game week already. We had a great preseason and we're ready to prove that the offensive line is a new being. Offensively, we've been clicking since day one. Riley could hit a needle about fifty yards away. It's crazy to see how accurate he is, and we're going to give him time and he's going to do his job, so hopefully that ends up very good for our offense. It's a great feeling to see our hard work being successful, and so I'm excited to see what happens on Saturday."

On helping the defense...
"Obviously it's hard to replace someone like Aaron Curry in the first game and Alphonso, but knowing that we have the dependability in the secondary that we have and that if the defense is sputtering the offense can pick us up, hopefully we can pull our weight this year and not put our defense in some of the situations that we did last year. It's a great feeling to know that I've been around these guys for a long, long time."

Brandon Ghee


Senior cornerback Brandon Ghee

On opening 2009 play...
"It feels great. I feel like I've been waiting for a year to get the opportunity to play. We've got new faces, very young and talented. I can't wait until Saturday. We've got a lot of talent, I think we are going to do well."

On defensive leaders...
"I'm trying to step up to the [leadership] role, we have Boo Robinson, John Russell. This team as a whole, we're all going to step up and stick together. There's going to be a lot of mistakes but there's also going to be a lot of great plays."

On Jonathan Jones...
"Jonathan Jones has played in the shadow of Aaron Curry, but he's doing really well. He's a very talented, strong athlete."

On breaking in new players...
"I think we've come along way since spring ball. We'll make some mistakes, everybody makes mistakes, it doesn't matter what team it is. I think when we make the mistakes we've got to stick together. That's where experience comes in."

 

 

 

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