Weekly Football Press Conference Video & Quotes

Sept. 4, 2012

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Head Coach Jim Grobe

On the Liberty game...
"There were a handful of FBS teams that lost to FCS teams this weekend, so we're fortunate to get a win. But we need to play better. I don't want to take anything away from Liberty, I thought they had a great plan and a great coaching staff with a lot of good players. We were fortunate to get a win, but we've got a lot of improvements to make."

On the North Carolina's win over Elon...
"I think Carolina had a totally great performance in all three areas; offense, defense and the kicking game. Of course with the offense scoring 62 points, that's impressive in itself. But defensively, I don't think everybody realizes how hard it is to shut a team out a good offensive team like Elon."

On taking on a new coaching staff at North Carolina...
"It was hard for us against Liberty this past weekend. We weren't real sure what we were going to see from Turner (Gill) and his coaching staff. We've got some of the same issues (with North Carolina). (They give you) a different look defensively than we're used to, and offensively they give you the up-tempo stuff which is real difficult since it forces your defenders to try and line up a play in a hurry. They've got one of the more talented teams in the country."

On evaluating the team following the Liberty game...
"I think we're really a team in transition right now. We've lost a lot of players from last year's team, and I've told people over and over again that we've got a lot of talent on this football team. They're just young guys; it's not going to happen overnight. We've got to develop them in a hurry to be competitive this weekend. North Carolina's team is special, we're going to have to play a lot of great football. It's going to take us a while to get all of these guys in the same direction. I'm hoping it happens Saturday."

On making adjustments on defense for North Carolina's offense...
"The up-tempo stuff forces you into making mistakes. Your defenders are trying to figure out who to cover and they hope that you're going to turn someone loose a few times during a game and that happened during the Elon game. And then you forget they have a great running game with one of the best backs in the conference, maybe the country in Giovani Bernard. Now you're trying to cover everybody and realize there's a special back in the backfield."

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Junior Flanker Michael Campanaro

On getting the season off to a winning start against Liberty...
"It was great for us to get that win. It was definitely a close one. We went back and looked at the film and there was just plays here and there and a lot of points left out there. It was sloppy, but we'll take it. Our goal was to be 1-0, we won, and that's what we are."

On starting the ACC season in Week 2...
"That's what we've been waiting for. We've been looking forward to getting into ACC play. UNC is a big game, especially the way went and played up there last year. Guys are ready and ramped up to get after them."

On the advantage of having film of the opponent to look at compared to last week against Liberty...
"I know personally, our defense didn't really know what to expect going out there (against Liberty) and same thing with the offense; we were looking at all types of films from a few years ago. We've been looking at the (Elon-North Carolina) tape and some other tape out there. Just having some things (to be) ready and prepared for and getting in the film room is going to help us play that much faster and know what we're doing out there."

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Junior Safety A.J. Marshall

On his performance against Liberty, making six tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown...
"I give it all to the coaches. They put us in a great position, they made great calls and we came up with a great game plan against those guys, and we just executed it."

On playing against a passing offense like North Carolina's...
"I love it, knowing that there is a better chance that they are going to pass the ball. I just love it when the ball is in the air and either you're going to make the play or you're not. I get hyped when the ball is in the air."

On this year's North Carolina team under Larry Fedora...
"Last year they were a little more pro-style with Bryn Renner back there, and this year they are going to the spread with Fedora. Bryn Renner has a great arm; he's one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. He really throws the ball around. He never has one specific receiver that he's throwing to, so we have to get out there and play fundamental football.

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Senior Linebacker Riley Haynes

On having film to work with from North Carolina's game against Elon...
"It does help us having some film. Going into the Liberty game we didn't really have anything to go off of. We thought they were going to run the Buffalo or the Kansas offense when the coach was over there, but they came out and schemed us up pretty well. That hurt us a little bit, but we adjusted to it. It's definitely something that's going to help us a lot knowing what North Carolina is going to do. We're a veteran defense, so when we get something to look at, we have a couple of older guys that can use that. Just having a little bit of film to work off of is going to be beneficial for us."

On North Carolina's offense...
"They're really up-tempo. They run a play almost every 15 seconds, which makes it a little bit difficult. You can't relax before each play and look around to see what you're facing. You have to be ready and on your toes at all times because they could run a play and then be back on the ball before you even get up. They go five-wide, but don't let them fool you because they're going to run the football too. They have one of the best backs in the conference, so they're not going to not give him his touches. They also have a veteran offensive line, so while you have to be ready for the five-wide set, Giovani [Bernard] can take it to the house at any moment."

On the conditioning of Wake's defense...
"Coach Grobe has always been big on being in shape. We worked on conditioning a lot all through camp, so I'm not sure if we're going to do anything different this week. We're definitely going to have to be in shape for this game, without a doubt."

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Senior Fullback Tommy Bohanon

On people saying that Wake Forest has no chance against North Carolina...
"Football is definitely a week-to-week sport. We didn't bring our best game against Liberty, and that plays a big factor into it as well. That is on us; we need to bring our best game every game, no matter what. We just need to execute, and I believe that we'll be able to be in the game and compete with North Carolina."

On North Carolina's defense...
"They're still big and physical on the defensive line. The linebackers are still fast. They're a great front seven team and they have a great defense altogether. They played very well last Saturday."

On the "revenge factor" after losing in Chapel Hill last season...
"I think we'll definitely be excited and want to get revenge for that game. We got blown out at their place, so we're going to come out fired up and want to play hard."

 

 

 

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