Weekly Football Press Conference Video & Quotes

Nov. 20, 2012

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Head Coach Jim Grobe

On rebounding from the losses the past two weeks...
"We've played really good teams. Notre Dame was the third top-10 team that we've played. Our guys have to understand that we have to play better, but we're playing some pretty good people. I think that a lot of the teams that we've lost to are bowl teams. They're going to be playing when the season is over, and we hope to be doing the same thing, but we have to play a lot better this week against Vanderbilt."

On whether playing for bowl eligibility brings added pressure...
"I hope so. I think the guys need to know what's at stake. We have smart guys at Wake Forest, and I think they know that it's either win or go home. If we win, we have a chance to play again. If we don't win, we're not going to be playing in the postseason, so it's an important game."

On the changes Wake Forest needs to make heading into the season finale...
"We need to get something going offensively. We've been so bad the past two weeks, not hitting throws, not protecting very well, not catching the ball very well - a lot of different things offensively. Defensively we've given up a bunch of points, but we're not getting a lot of help. We need to hold onto the football a little bit. We have so many three-and-outs right now that we're spending a lot of time punting the football, and we have to quit doing that."

On Vanderbilt...
"This is a veteran football team. They have I think 11 starters on defense that are juniors and senior. I think they have eight or nine juniors and seniors on offense. Bobby Johnson, who used to be the coach there, left some pretty good players, and James Franklin and his staff are doing a great job coaching these guys. This is a talented team, but a very mature football team. They don't make very many mistakes, they're tough guys because they've been around for awhile, so this is a challenge for the Deacs. We're going to have to play great football to beat these guys."

On Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big Ten...
"It's disappointing. I played at the University of Virginia, and I always thought of Maryland as an ACC school. Losing those guys is a little depressing to me because I liked playing against those guys. It's nice to know your opponents, and Maryland's been in the ACC so long that it feels like a loss to me that's significant. I hate to see them leave.

I don't worry about Wake Forest being left holding the bag. I just am getting a little uncomfortable with all of the changes, and I think we're losing something. I don't think it's good. Each conference has to protect itself because the danger is that if you lose a bunch of teams, you won't be around for long, so I understand the climate, I understand the way that things are happening the way they are, but there's something that we're losing with college football that I don't like right now. I'm understanding, but I guess I'm a little bit old school. I like the old ways."

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Senior Linebacker Riley Haynes

On final game to determine bowl eligibility...
"We would like to be bowl eligible at this point, but for whatever reason, we're not. We lost a couple of close games early, but we're fortunate to be in this situation to have one more game to get bowl eligible so it's huge for us. We know that we have to play well to get a win. Vanderbilt is a very solid team that plays in the (SEC). They've played a lot of good football teams, and it's going to be a tremendous challenge for us to get a win on Saturday."

On trying to reach a bowl game as a senior...
"It's huge. That's always our goal at the beginning of the season to get to a bowl game. Personally, it's one of my goals. I don't want to go home in December knowing that my career is possibly over. It's huge for me and the team. We really want to get to a bowl game."

On restoring the team's confidence for the Vanderbilt game...
"The last two games have been difficult for us. We played two very good teams, but we didn't come out and play well in either of them. No discredit to Notre Dame or NC State - they're tremendous football teams, but we do need to come out and play better than we have in the past two weeks. It will start at the practice field and knowing what's at stake. We understand that we can get to a bowl game or we can sit at home in December. I think that alone is enough to come out and play better than we have in the past two weeks."

On preventing an outcome like last year's contest against Vanderbilt...
"We look at the film and they did a lot of good things. They were ready to play and we didn't have our best game. I think it's imperative that we get into the film room and practice room and try and be as mentally and physically prepared as possible for a really tough game on Saturday. As for last year's game, it's a different season, a different year. We're two totally different teams, so it will just be big to be mentally and physically prepared for a big challenge on Saturday."

On whether there is still fight left in the team...
"It has been a long season, but there's still fight. We're in a spot to get to where we wanted to be at the beginning of the season. We want to be in a bowl game. We would have liked to have gotten some wins when we didn't, but we're in a spot where we can go to the postseason and have a December where we're playing football still. Again, that's the main goal and we still have a shot so I think we have a lot of fight left."

On being a senior...
"It's been a long career and it was weird yesterday with it maybe being my last Monday practice. It's kind of sad. I've had a great time here and I don't want it to end, so that's why we're going to have go out there and play our best ball."

On the game being played at home rather than on the road...
"I feel like we play a bit better at home this season, so we definitely feel like being at home we have a better shot at getting to a bowl game. Anytime you play at home versus away you feel more comfortable with everything. It's smoother and it's a better feel for the team."

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Senior Flanker Lovell Jackson

On entering confidently into final game of season...
"We're taking it one day at a time. We can't go into the game thinking 'Oh well, we just got shut out and we've only scored six points in the past few weeks.' We just need to go in and not think about the past few games and instead think about the upcoming game."

On the team's mentality...
"We're trying to keep everybody positive. We're not really worried about the bowl game. We're worried about Vanderbilt. We got to get Vanderbilt. We're not worrying about the future."

On Vanderbilt...
"Last year is in the past. This year we're looking at a whole new team. They have a whole new team, we have a whole new team. We need to come in focused and trying to play good football."

On Vanderbilt's defense...
"Their defense is full of great athletes. If we get some open areas and find loose coverage, we can probably work a little something."

On last home game as a senior and possibly last game in career...
"It is an emotional week. I'm a senior and I've been here for four and a half years. I've built great chemistry with people that have been here in the past years. With the freshmen coming in, I really love these guys. It's going to be hard with it being my last home game, and if this is the last game of my career, then I look forward to it."

 

 

 

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