Quotes from Wake Forest

Quotes from Wake Forest’s weekly press conferences, courtesy of the university’s web site:

Jim Grobe

On Tanner Price’s availability for Saturday’s game…

“I don’t know right now. The thing with head injuries is that they are day-to-day things. He took a pretty significant hit in our last game and was a little goofy on the sideline. I don’t know whether or not they will give him the green light by Saturday.”

On the importance of having a good showing on Saturday to boost the team’s confidence …

“Obviously, when you win, you gain confidence. That’s just the way it is. I don’t know many teams that build confidence off of losing. It’s important for us not only to play well, but we need to win a football game.”

On the importance of the offense staying on the field longer to give the defense a rest …

“That was the really disappointing thing Saturday. I thought defensively, especially in the first half, we played well enough to keep us in the game and to give us a chance. Coming out in the second half, I really expected the offense to step up a little bit, but we were never able to do that. You have to give credit to Florida State. They’re pretty talented on both sides of the ball, but we have to be team that helps each other. You can’t just be a defensive team. You can’t just be an offensive team. Both sides have to play if you’re going to win.”

On the vulnerabilities of the Georgia Tech defense …

“There are a lot of people who are vulnerable to [NC State quarterback] Russell Wilson, so it’s hard to gauge that. The teams that we play against each week are pretty talented, so it’s hard to draw anything this early in the year. I will say that the 45 points they gave up to NC State might happen to a lot of teams that play them. Watching video, NC State’s offense is really talented, and with a guy like Russell Wilson, you have one of the premier quarterbacks in the ACC.”

On using last year’s 30-27 overtime loss to Georgia Tech as motivation for this year …

“I’m sure it has been talked about. The players have probably mentioned it to the coaches, and the coaches may talk about it. Using it for motivation, though, is not really something that we need. Our players all remember that we went down there and lost a heartbreaker. The key for us is really just to play better. We’re not a very good football team right now, and we can be. So we have to worry about the Deacs.”

On preparing for the Georgia Tech offense …

“It’s impossible to do everything that you’d like to do. As a coach, I have played against wishbone offenses a lot in my career. At the Air Force Academy, I was there 11 years and we were a wishbone team, so we had to go against it every day. We have ideas, but you just can’t put it all in for the defense in one week. In a three or four day period, you have to just limit what you do.”

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Michael Campanaro

On whether the offense felt too secure after two high-scoring games…

“I don’t think so. We know the type of guys that we have on offense and what we’re capable of doing. We’re just going to stick to the game plan and work hard on offense each and every week. We were frustrated this past week that we couldn’t get things going, but we’re going to be fine.”

On what to expect from Georgia Tech…

“They’re a very well-coached team, that’s one thing that you can already tell from looking over film, and they’ve got a lot of guys that can run around and play some football. I think we’ve just got to come out and run the ball well. We’ll take our shots and if we execute I think we’ll be fine. Their defense, from what I’ve been looking at, is a very sound defense.”

On whether last year’s loss to Georgia Tech provides motivation…

“I definitely remember watching that game last year in my dorm. Being redshirted, I didn’t travel. It was a heartbreaker for us because they were such a highly-ranked team and they won the ACC championship. We’ll have them at our place this year and we’ll definitely want to go out there and just get after them.”

On the advantages of playing at home…

“I think just having our home crowd behind us is great. Not having to travel and just being at home, we’re very comfortable where we’re at and it helps out a lot.”

Redshirt junior offensive lineman Michael Hoag

On the status of Tanner Price…

“As far as I know, he didn’t practice yesterday because of his concussion, that’s what I’ve been told. I don’t know what his situation is, but hopefully he’ll be back. If not, we’ve got confidence in Ted [Stachitas] and our other guys to do what we need to do to win, so we’ll be fine.”

On Ted Stachitas…

“Ted came into the season as the starter and he got banged up in that first game. He almost broke his hand and that put him behind the 8-ball a little bit, but he’s a capable guy. He’s definitely a leader out there. He’s fun to play for just like Tanner is. They’re both great quarterbacks, so whichever guy we have in there we’re going to be fine.”

On what the coaches are saying after two tough losses…

“We’ve just go to keep working. They keep telling us that we can’t give up now. It’s only four games into the season. We’ve still got eight more, and for all we know we could go 10-2. We’ve just got to keep working hard, keep doing what we’ve been doing, and eventually the ball’s going to roll our way.”

On the importance of the offense sustaining long drives…

“It’s definitely vital. We talked about that during the game. We were frustrated that we couldn’t put together a drive. The defense was doing everything that they could for us and we were leaving them hanging out to dry. We would go three and out, maybe get four or five plays if we were lucky. Towards the end we put together a twelve or fourteen play drive twice in a row, and that was huge, but by that point it was too late. We’ve got to do that early and just keep consistent. If we can keep the defense off the field and they keep us on the field, then we’re going to win games.”

Senior linebacker Lee Malchow

On the coaches’ message to the players this week…

“This week we’re trying to focus on Georgia Tech and forget Florida State. We didn’t play very well and Florida State played well. We’re just going to try to do our job this week and do what the coaches tell us to do.”

On the team confidence level heading into Saturday’s game…

“I think it’s good. Everybody’s pumped up because we have the defending ACC Champion coming so we know we have our work cut out for us. Nobody’s down, everybody is just excited to play this weekend.”

On playing Georgia Tech after losing in overtime in Atlanta last season…

“When a team beat you last year, you kind of want to get them back this year. A loss like that is tough, so you want to win this year.”

On preparing for Georgia Tech’s triple option offense…

“It’s very tough. There’s just so many different looks, and it’s different from what you see normally. It’s different from what our offense does, and it’s so hard to prepare for it because they’re so fast and (the scout team) just can’t give the exact look that they give. The best way to prepare is to work hard in practice, but you also have to watch film on it so that you kind of know what they do, because you can’t see that look in practice. They get on you so fast. They are very good at doing what they do. They know what to do and their offensive line cuts you. You have to watch film to see what you’re going to get.”

On facing Josh Nesbitt after playing three good passing quarterbacks in previous games…

“Nesbitt is really tough. Watching him on film, he can run the ball so well that he’s almost a running back. I’ve seen him truck a few guys, and you don’t see that normally from quarterbacks. He is a great quarterback, but a little bit different from the ones that we’ve been seeing. He’s a very tough and physical runner, but if you don’t watch out, he will throw it on you. He has a good arm too, so he has it all.”

5 comments Add your comment


September 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

First! and… “Their defense, from what I’ve been looking at, is a very sound defense.” REALLY Michael???

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
6:21 pm

These Wake Forest kids are well coached in how to talk to the press.
“Their defense, from what I’ve been looking at, is a very sound defense.”
and talking about Nesbitt
“He has a good arm too, so he has it all.”
They must have Nesbitt’s film from 2009 and the D’s from 2008


September 28th, 2010
6:28 pm

i know wake is a good school but a degree from GT, nationally, carries more weight than a degree from wake, agree?

That guy

September 29th, 2010
7:17 am

That is funny. Tech and sound defense in the same sentence. Paul… doubt it they would view film of 2008 no more than they would of film from 1990?? Groh wasn’t even here in 2008 and i wouldn’t call that 2008 defense worth a crap either. Tenuta had some defenses that could stop the run well but were also horrible vs the pass. Since 1991, GT has never had a pass defense that was among even the top 35 in the nation by the end of the year. Being good at one and lousy at the other still won’t get you very far. However, i would take a good run defense over stinking at both the run and the pass as we do now i suppose! Groh is not the answer here and neither is the 3 4 scheme in which does not fit with the talent GT has. Wommack did put 2 or 3 very good defensive games together last year (see VT) and i”m still waiting on groh to deliver just 1 after 4 games.


September 29th, 2010
10:49 am