Quotes from Frank Beamer’s press conference earlier this week, courtesy of the ACC:
After watching the video, I thought it was a really good team win against Duke. I think everyone basically contributed and those are the good wins, when special teams contributes, defense contributes, offense contributes. We’ll take a couple days off. We’ll meet today, go over the video, practice the next two days and Thursday we’re going to do some recruiting and Saturday becomes Monday for us, so that’s kind of our plan for the week.
When in the week do you guys typically put in your game plan? And are you going to work any Georgia Tech specific stuff on Tuesday and Wednesday?
Yea we will, certainly Georgia Tech has a unique offense or a different offense than you normally see, so a couple days of extra work there will hopefully be helpful. Trying to get your scout team to run it somewhere close to Georgia Tech, that’s the issue, but yea we’ll work a couple days on situations and Georgia Tech stuff. We start our game plan on Monday, in other words we have certain things that go in on Monday and Tuesday other things and Wednesday other things and then we review on Thursday.
When you saw this was going to be a Thursday game, how pleased were you that you saw you were going to get that extra time?
Well again I think when you’re facing something that’s different a couple extra days of practice is hopefully beneficial but we’ll see a week from Thursday night.
On Bruce Taylor getting a little banged up on Saturday
He’s banged up a little bit but Mike Goforth says that he’s going to be okay. We hope to get Eric Martin back, he’s been out for two or three weeks here, so we’re hoping to get him back. And other than Bruce I think we came out of it okay.
With this Georgia Tech game do you feel a sense of redemption on the defensive side of the ball after what happened last year?
I think we just try to get them slowed down, they’re an offense right now that’s getting 317 yards on the ground, their quarterback is their second leading rusher, their fullback is the first leading rusher, both of them are averaging 80 yards, I think it’s all about trying to slow them down a little bit.
On Eddie Whitley’s injury
Hopefully he’ll be able to go, you know it’s too early to tell but we’re going to let him rest this week and we’ll know more the beginning of next week.
On who on the scout team will play the role of Josh Nesbitt
Well we’ve got a couple guys, Ricardo Young is a real athletic guy and Mark Leal is a real athletic guy so we’ve got a couple guys there. I think with Nesbitt, you know, he’s a big guy but he just has a knack for running, he’s a tougher runner and he has a knack for making people miss. You know I like both of our guys but I’m not sure either one of them can get that exactly.
Did you all have the opportunity to decide whether you wanted your bye week after the Boise game or before this game?
You need to ask Jim that, I think that’s probably true but I remember when all this was going on there were several possibilities and you need to check with Jim Weaver to make sure that’s accurate, but I think that’s true.
Do you think the extra familiarity with Georgia Tech’s offense will help?
Yea I think it helps you, I think you can refer back to what you’ve done in the past, was it good, was it bad? And I think having seen it a couple of years now helps in your preparation somewhat.
On Bud Foster’s trip to Iowa
Well we’ve respected how they play defense for a number of years, and of course they played Georgia Tech in their bowl game so it kind of had a dual purpose there, getting together and talking a little bit, of course talking about Georgia Tech somewhat too. I think anytime you’re taking with a good football coach and coaches that play good defense I think you’re going to get something out of it. You know I think we have a good staff here and we’re certainly trying to learn from other people and how they do things and I think you’re always trying to gain more knowledge, so yea I think it was good trip.