Weekly Football Press Conference Video & Quotes

Nov. 13, 2012

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Head coach Jim Grobe

On being ready to play at a place with the tradition of Notre Dame...
"Well we certainly hope our guys don't go there for sightseeing. That's going to be a key. I think we just have to go play. I'm going to try not to make too big of a deal out of it. We've played a lot of good teams so far this year. This will be our third game against a top 10 team that we're playing. We just know that going on the road is tough and playing a great team like Notre Dame will be a challenge."

On whether some of Notre Dame's close games indicate that they are vulnerable...
"I think what you find is that most good team find a way to win. It's not always the prettiest win, but a win is a win and they've won them all. You know that they know how to do it. I think if you have a chance late, you have to make plays. We have a big challenge. This is a really good Notre Dame football team."

On playing the role of spoiler to Notre Dame's national championship hopes...
"Well I think that playing Notre Dame takes care of itself. I don't think the role of spoiler is big on players' minds, or at least it shouldn't be. I think certainly you'd be a spoiler if you got to sneak up there and get a win, but just playing Notre Dame is going to have your kids pumped up. One of our things is trying not to be too pumped up. I thought that we were against Clemson and started out really slowly, just kind of flying around and not really focusing on our keys. I think it's important to be pumped up and excited and it would be fun to play the role of spoiler, but I think more than anything we need to take care of Wake Forest and go play good football."

On the atmosphere of Notre Dame...
"It's a special place. When I was at the Air Force Academy we got to play back there a couple of times. It's an amazing place. It just feels like what football should be. It will be a great experience for our players. That's why we wanted to play Notre Dame. Now I didn't know we were going to end up playing them three times, I thought we were going to play them one time in South Bend, but we're going to get a couple shots in the next three years. It's a fantastic place to play. Our players will sense that it's what football is all about."

On whether playing Notre Dame last year removes some of the mystique...
"We were very disappointed last year because we had a chance to win, or at least tie it late, and didn't get that done. But I think playing at Notre Dame is a little different. This will be a great environment and make our job a lot tougher. I think playing at home last year really helped us. (We're) playing a better Notre Dame team than we played last year, a team that improved in taking care of the football offensively, and the defense is much better, one of the tops in the country. They do a great job on special teams. This is a different Notre Dame team and playing at their place will make it tougher.

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Sophomore Offensive Tackle Colin Summers

On the team's morale heading into Notre Dame...
"We were really disappointed by NC State. That was a huge ACC game, and if we would have won that, we would have been bowl eligible. Getting an opportunity to play a great team like Notre Dame up in South Bend is a chance that not many teams have, and we're just really excited about it."

On what a win over Notre Dame would mean for the program...
"It would be huge. Notre Dame is a great team that is well-deserving of their ranking. They're very talented and defensively they're one of the bigger, most physical teams that we'll play this year. It's a huge challenge, but we're really looking forward to it."

On Notre Dame's defense...
"They're very physical and very fast. Their defensive ends are 6'6" or 6'7", so along the edges we're going to have our work cut out for us. The coaches, especially Coach (Jonathan) Himebauch, are doing a great job of getting us ready to play."

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Junior Free Safety A.J. Marshall

On the experience of playing at Notre Dame...
"It's going to be a great environment, everybody knows it. They have a lot of tradition, and we're really looking forward to it. There will be almost 100,000 fans going against us, and we can't wait to go out there and play."

On avoiding nerves once the team is on the field...
"That's the thing; it's all mental. Once you get that first little bit of contact, I feel like we get relaxed. Whether it's the first catch, first block or first knockdown, you really start to get comfortable and get acquainted to the game."

On Notre Dame's offense...
"The whole nation knows they have weapons. Everett Golson is a great athletic quarterback that really creates for the rest of those guys on the offense. They have a great running back in Cierre Wood and their passing game complements their running game. We're really looking forward to the challenge and being able to stop those guys."

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Senior Fullback Tommy Bohanon

On preparing for Notre Dame...
"This week we've really been stressing about having good practices every day. What we need to do to win games is to have crisp practices every day, and if we practice full out then I feel like we'll be ready to go up there and compete with them."

On why Notre Dame's defense has been so successful this year...
"Their defense is just extremely physical, extremely fast and big. Their defensive line is almost all over 300 pounds. They have Manti Te'o who is a Heisman candidate at linebacker. You don't ever hear about that. He's making plays, getting picks, I think he's what, second in the nation in interceptions? As a team, they play great defense."

On the environment playing at Notre Dame...
"It's kind of business as usual at practice, but (Coach Grobe) knows and he's told us that it's going to be a crazy environment. You have to think of the craziest stadium that you've played in, and it's going to be something like that. Like going down to Death Valley or something like that. It's going to be even more crazy than that, and that's what (Coach Grobe) has told us."

On staying composed in that environment...
"I feel like most of our team knows that it's football. This is a game that most of us have played since we were five years old. For me and a lot of the team, once we get out there and we're on the field with those guys, it's just business as usual, and we'll be able to play the game."

 

 

 

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