Weekly Football Press Conference Video & Quotes

Sept. 18, 2012

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Head Coach Jim Grobe

Opening statement...
"I thought we had one of our better practices last night. Our guys had a lot of energy. We were challenged a little bit because our guys were embarrassed, but we got beat by a good football team. We didn't play very well, but I think Florida State is pretty special."

On the difficulty of facing Army's triple option offense...
"It's really hard. We've had our ups and downs with Navy over the years, and Army runs the same type of offense. They have great kids, they're going to play hard for four quarters, they do a great job of running the football and they'll catch you with some play-action passes if you decide to put all of your guys at the line of scrimmage to stop the run. It's going to be tough."

On getting the offense going early in the game...
"We've got to play well offensively. People don't realize this, but you look at a game like Florida State where we gave up 52 points and you think that the defense played terribly. In reality, playing good defense is just as much of a function of how you're doing on offense. If your offense is out there controlling the ball, eating up clock time and scoring some points, then it's a lot easier to play defense. Against Army we know that the defense has a great challenge to stop their wishbone attack, but if the offense doesn't have a good day it puts the defense on the field too much. It's going to be a day where our offense needs to play."

On Wake's wide receivers...
"I don't want to take the pressure off of our receivers. We need to do a better job at the wide receiver position, especially when it comes to catching the football. We did that really well against North Carolina but did not do it well against Florida State. I think the bigger issue is that when you get man coverage, you have to have some time to get open. Florida State pressured us so much and we didn't protect Tanner very well. There just wasn't a lot of time to throw the football. It wasn't just the press coverage. If you've got enough time, you can usually do some things with man coverage. Press coverage is a bit of a problem, but you better be able to protect or it will become more of a problem than it should be."

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Freshman Punter Alexander Kinal

On the confidence level of the team heading into the Army game...
"Everyone is disappointed about the (Florida State) game on Saturday, but the great thing about football is you get a chance to redeem yourself the next week. We're focused on Army and getting ready to play them. That's where everyone's focus is right now."

On getting adjusted to American football after coming from Australian Rules Football...
"The first time I came out against Liberty it was good that it happened so quickly. It happened in the first drive, so I didn't have time to think about it. After a couple times out there kicking, I'm starting to feel comfortable behind the line of scrimmage. I'm hoping I'm getting better, and I'm trying to get better for my team."

On learning the mechanics of punting in American football...
"It's a constant learning process. You're figuring different things every day like where your body aligns and where you have to hit the ball. It's different because we never really hit spirals in our game. The fact that the ball is small (in American football), you have to hit it just right. It's a constant, working process."

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Junior Offensive Tackle Frank Souza

On the confidence of the team after losing to Florida State...
"Last weekend was definitely a tough loss against FSU. We're all disappointed, but we have to put that in the past. We're ready for Army this week and getting real fired up for the game. I think we'll be ready for them."

On facing Army at home on Saturday...
"They're definitely a hard-nosed team on both sides of the ball. They just play hard and will come into town and give us a hard fight."

On the transition from defense to offense...
"It's a completely different mentality. Offense is memorizing more stuff and is more technical. The transition was difficult but I feel like I handled it well. I'm always thinking about what everyone has to say to me. I try to take it all in."

On rebounding from the loss to Florida State...
"At first it's disappointing, especially after a big loss like that. We try and forget about it and leave it in the past. We've got more games to play. We try to wash it away and get ready for our next game."

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Junior Outside Linebacker Justin Jackson

On Army's run game...
"I feel like if we know that they're a rushing team, I can better prepare. I personally prefer run offenses, but it's a little different from the traditional offense. (The coaches) have been able to prepare us pretty well because they run more often than they pass, and they have their things that they do pretty often. We're just focusing on those different plays that they have, and I think we're getting really prepared for them."

On putting the Florida State loss in the past...
"You have to put it behind you, but you also need to know that what we did last week wasn't good enough. We need to work harder than we did the week before to get ready for Army next week."

On coming back to BB&T Field...
"There's nothing like being at home. Away games are also exciting, but it's nothing like being at home."

On Monday's practice...
"It was an intense practice. We all were just working really hard to have a chance to get back in the winning column. The practice was tough. We all ran around fast."

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Sophomore Wide Receiver Brandon Terry

On bouncing back from the loss to Florida State...
"The loss taught us a lot about ourselves. It showed us that we prepared hard, but we need to prepare harder. Coming off of the Carolina win we couldn't get to high, and coming off of this loss we couldn't get too low. We just have to stay at a steady medium and continue to work hard and prepare. I trust my coaching staff that they'll put us in the right positions to come out with a victory every weekend."

On what the offense learned against Florida State...
"We learned more about ourselves. For the receivers specifically, we learned that we need to do better coming off of press coverage. We just need to do everything in our power to help our team to victory. If that's sacrificing our body on a block or just catching the ball when it's tougher, we learned that we all need to be in it together and on the same page, and last Saturday we weren't."

On Army's defense...
"I watched some film on them yesterday, and their corners press up a lot in man coverage, similar to Florida State. I kind of know what to expect coming off of last Saturday and how to prepare for that - what works, what doesn't work, and what will help me get open."

 

 

 

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