Weekly Football Press Conference Video & Quotes

Sept. 11, 2012

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Head Coach Jim Grobe

On the comeback win over North Carolina...
"I think it turned out in our favor. Having a tough game and a close win was good for us. It got some focus for us and probably hurt the Tar Heels a bit to have an easy win (against Elon) at their place. It probably set the game up the way it needed to be. We probably had as a good of a practice week last week as we've had in a long time. Our guys ,because of the Liberty game, were probably more ready to play than had it been an easy game."

On quarterback Tanner Price leading the fourth quarter comeback...
"(That drive) was really impressive. I think Tanner needed that. For him to go 93 (yards) on the last possession for us was really pretty cool. That's something we know he's got in him. To lead the team down the field; I think that's going to be great for Tanner Price but good for our offense to know we're capable of doing that at any time."

On punter Alex Kinal...
"I don't know if you've picked an MVP in the first two games but it would be hard-pressed not to take Alex. In both games, he's had five punts inside the 20-yard line. His punting has been one of the key factors in our two wins. His last punt (against North Carolina) was phenomenal. It took 10 seconds off the clock and made Carolina go 99-yards. You can't stress the importance in the first two games of his punting."

On Wake Forest's running game...
"I'm disappointed in our total numbers running the football. We know we're young on the offensive line and struggle to block people in the run game . . . That's going to get better going forward. We've had some really good runs and good red-zone runs. We've had some good five, six, seven, eight-yard runs. If we get to where we can run for five yards a pop and then we can throw the ball better."

On going to Florida State...
"There's not a tougher place that I know of to play a football game. We didn't have much success there a couple years ago when Tanner was a true freshman. We know we're going to have to play great."

On the junior Nikita Whitlock playing status for this Saturday...
"My guess would be that he may be ready go by Saturday. But I don't know how much practice time he'll get. I think unless they can find something that's torn or damage that we don't know about, it's going to be how quickly he heals up. That's going to be a day-to-day thing."

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Junior Safety Daniel Mack

On the huge win over North Carolina...
"It was definitely a huge win. We beat our rival after being the underdogs. Having to put that much effort into the win wasn't something that came easy, just like the first week against Liberty. Our coaches tell us that every game is going to come down to that last possession, so we just have to keep fighting and be ready for it."

On thriving in the underdog role...
"I kind of like being the underdog. There are no expectations placed on you. You just go out there and do your best. Everybody's going to predict things to be a certain way, but we know that we belong on the field with those guys. We know that we can be out there and compete as much as we need to."

On containing Florida State's offense...
"We really have to stick to our gameplan and play assignment football. We know that it's something that can come down to the last possession and we have to put ourselves in position to be able to make those plays. We have to really be effective as a defense attacking them; we have to play our game."

On what it would mean to upset Florida State...
"It would be big. It would be our first road win of the season and we'd be beating another rival in Florida State. It would make us 2-0 in the ACC, so this game is important right now. We really have to get this done. It would mean the world to get this win. I know that, as a team, we're going to put everything we can into getting that win."

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Junior Linebacker Mike Olson

On the win over North Carolina...
"UNC is a great team with a great (offensive) line which is coming from a linebacker. Threats with a quarterback in Renner and at running back with a depth we saw Saturday. It was definite confidence-booster."

On the confidence level of Wake Forest going into the Florida State game...
"We're seen as a school that doesn't have the most elite prospects as they do coming out of high school. But that gives us a chip on our shoulder and gives us incentive to prove everyone wrong. We're all excited about this game."

On getting ready for Florida State...
"The coaches have a great game plan put together. They work day-in and day-out to prepare us. Everyone coming off this win, it just makes everyone that more hungry to work for the team and the guy next to them. We just have to have a great week of practice."

On stopping Florida State on offense...
"When you see such a big guy as (EJ) Manuel, that's the first thing that pops into your head. You rarely play a quarterback with his size, you rarely see a passing quarterback that can tuck the ball and run it also. Their tailback (Chris Thompson) is a beast. But that just excites everyone (on defense)."

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Junior Flanker Michael Campanaro

On the win over North Carolina...
"It was a huge win for Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community. Beating North Carolina, an in-state rivalry, it was a huge win. It seems like everyone from North Carolina is a Tar Heel fan, so it was big just for the community and also for the team. It was our first ACC game, so it was just great to get off to a 1-0 start."

On leading the nation in receptions...
"It takes all 11 guys (on offense) for something like that to happen. Our offensive coaching staff does a great job finding different ways to get me the ball. I can't say enough about them."

On whether Tanner Price's play has been a surprise...
"Not really, because I've been one of the guys saying before the season started that he was about to have a breakout year. He had a great game, set a career-high, so he's definitely taking those next steps and showing the country that he's an elite quarterback."

On Wake Forest winning four of the last six games against Florida State...
"I think it must be (that) our coaches have something going against Florida State. We have a lot of guys from Florida on this team, and I think we get ramped up every time we play them. We're big-time underdogs every time we play them as well, so that just gives us an advantage in playing with a chip on our shoulder and things like that. Winning the past four out of six gives us confidence playing each year, knowing that we beat them in the past and we can do it again."

On playing at Doak Campbell Stadium...
"I love playing here at Wake, but definitely playing on the road, I get more excited. It's kind of an us against the world mentality, so I'm excited to get first road game going. It's a great college football atmosphere down there. Last time I was down there I didn't play much, but I took a lot of it in. I'm anxious to get back down there and play. It's a great stadium (and) they have the chant going all game long. We have a lot of guys on the team who might be a little inexperienced playing-wise, not young guys necessarily, but it's going to be their first road game out there playing, so anything I can do just to help as a leader (having played) a lot of road games, especially last year, helping those guys. It's going to be a great atmosphere Saturday."

 

 

 

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