Quotes From Tuesday's Press Conference

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Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’ll be a nice cold day today. Get back on the practice field, get back to work, and prepare for Virginia Tech who’s a very good football team, outstanding defensive team. Its statistics really paint the picture of who they are. And then offensively, you have an outstanding quarterback in Logan Thomas and again when you take a look at their roster, defensively, a lot, I think eight fifth-year seniors or eight seniors total with fifth-year regular seniors. So, very experienced group and same thing on the offensive side of the ball. So we’ll have to have a good week of preparation and I know our guys are looking forward to that opportunity to go down there this weekend.”

On Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:

“He’s their leader in a lot of statistics for a quarterback, big, strong, athletic, really good arm strength, can see over top of the line. So again, he’s a guy that has been very, very productive for them and understands what they want to do offensively and where to go with the football so he presents a tremendous challenge for you.”

On defensive back William Likely:

“Will is a guy from the very first day that he came in here, you could see he had something special about him. Just in terms of how he went about his business and how he was doing everything and again the competiveness of Will. The thing that I like about Will, he understands that he’s not the tallest guy in the world, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he competes his butt off each and every day. He’s a smart football player, he works extremely hard at getting better, never satisfied, tough guy. I could talk all day about him because he optimizes everything that you want in a football player.”

On the team’s execution recently:

“We can always call better plays. Not every play is going to work. When they don’t work, I’m sure there’s a play or defense that we could have called that’s better. This is a collective effort between coaches and players. It’s not just about the players. It’s about all of us. All of us have to do the best job that we can. That’s all I can ask of our coaches, myself, our players is to give the best effort you possibly can. I’ve been in this long enough and I’ve learned from some of the best in the business. I was fortunate enough to coach at the highest level of this profession, the NFL. There are some times you can have the best game plan and have everything planned for what you want to do to execution wise, but you can still come out on the short end of the stick and that’s football and life. That is going to happen, but the thing is we’re trying to make sure, as coaches, that we put together the best possible game plans for our players to go out and be able to execute and deliver on Saturday. What we want for the players to do is go out and give their best effort on Saturday, so we can execute that game plan and give the effort. I say every time, ‘play every play like it’s the last play you’re going to play.’ That is what we want and when it comes up short, we all can do a lot better, if it comes out short. That to me is the mentality that you’ve got to have. It is a collective effort on all of us.”

On the biggest difference in Virginia Tech in its wins compared to its losses:

“When they played Boston College and Duke it is pretty much the same thing for us, turnovers. They had four turnovers and interceptions against Duke and the same against Boston College. They had a pick-six go against them in the Boston College game. They were down on the one-yard line going in and they had an interception. Turnovers are a big part of the ball game. We know ourselves that if we don’t turn the ball over, we give ourselves a lot more opportunity. What we need to be able to do is generate turnovers and not turnover the ball ourselves, because that would help us and give us a better opportunity to be able to win.”

On Virginia Tech’s special teams:

“Frank [Beamer] is an outstanding coach. He is the winningest active coach in FBS. His special teams have been outstanding over the years. Their punter is unbelievable, averaging 44.6 yard per punt. They are very sound and solid in the kicking game. What you’ve got to do is just make sure that you’ve got a plan together. What you really have to do is go out and make sure you have a basic plan with fundamentals and techniques. If you do that, you should be able to be okay. You’ve got to make sure that this week you mind your P’s and Q’s to make sure that your kids are doing the things that you need them to do fundamentally, so we don’t hurt ourselves in the kicking game.“

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On if he and the team feels a sense of panic:

“With where we’re at in the season there is no reason to panic. We still have three games left and this is a big challenge this week. Going down there in a hostile environment, I’ve never been there; it will be a good challenge for us. With three games left there is no reason to panic, we just have to bump up the intensity, bump up the focus and just focus on the challenge at hand.”

On if he feels more pressure to make plays since the injuries to wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long:

“I try not to think that way, I try to go out there and just play. The coaches tell me to go out there and execute and I do the best I can. When guys go down, you try to step up and maybe I try to do more than I should or need to. With that being said, you can’t make silly mistakes, you can’t put the team in jeopardy like that and I can’t turn the ball over. If I’m going to do that I need to be smart with the ball.”

On what the team needs to do to win on Saturday:

“We just have to come out early. We have to come out with that fire, that intensity we had at the first half of the season and put points on the board. Not being able to get in the end zone and we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. I feel like we’re moving the ball and getting on the plus side of the field, but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and turning it over and putting our defense in a tough position.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On the difficulty of playing at Lane Stadium:

“They’ll definitely have their backup from their fans, so it will almost be like playing 23 people out there. We’re looking forward to going there and playing someone new. It’s going to be a new experience for me so it’s always good to have a new experience.”

On what they have seen on tape from Virginia Tech:

“They’re another explosive team, they can make plays. We’ll definitely try to contain the quarterback; he’s a big quarterback 6-foot-6, 250 pounds. He can move and he can throw, that’s definitely something we’re worried about. They have speed on the outside; their running back is fast too, really just trying to get the guy with the ball down.”

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