Oct. 23, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Quotes from Tuesday's press conference previewing Saturday's game at Boston College.
Head Coach Randy Edsall
"We're going to head back out to practice today and get ready for Boston College. We're going to see a Boston College team that's playing very hard, competing, but just coming up a little bit short. They have an outstanding quarterback in Chase Rettig and Alex Amadin is a very good receiver. You also throw in Andre Williams the running back and a big offensive line and they present you with some problems on that side of the ball.
"When you look at the defense, they have an outstanding linebacker corps in Kevin Pierre-Louis, Nick Clancy and Steele Divitto. They are active up front and a team you know is going to play hard and give you some things you maybe haven't seen before. We have a tremendous challenge again to go on the road and play another ACC team and our guys are really looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back out to practice."
On quarterbacks Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe:
On if he's had a quarterback situation like this in the past and how he handled it:
"I think when you have a chance to see the two young men go out and perform....you saw Devin on Saturday and what he did in terms of his feet and his running ability, I think it kind of speaks for itself. Then we see Caleb come in and scramble out of the pocket and make some of the throws he did. They are both excellent quarterbacks. They are both guys I trust, our guys trust and our players trust to be able to do the job and do it effectively. We'll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys could go in the game and play at any given time. We'll find out on Saturday what that plan is going to be."
"I have been through this before. I had a [defensive back] that we had to get ready to play quarterback in Darius Butler when I was at Connecticut. So, no, this isn't new territory for me. We will take Shawn Petty
and Brian McMahon
practicing at quarterback to get a third guy. You feel bad for the guys that get hurt, but injuries are something that you can't control. So you always have to have a plan for the `what ifs.' You work with what you have to go out and win the in the game. I'm not panicked, upset, or frustrated. You just roll with the punches and go out to get yourself ready for a win."
On if he would have preferred to redshirt Rowe:
"Ideally, yes I would have liked to redshirt him. We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn't gotten many reps. In practice he would just do the 2-minute drill and 7-on-7 with the defense. But he has been in the meetings and taking notes. I think it was so impressive that he went in and preformed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren't afforded that luxury."
On what he tells his players during a week like this:
"I'm going to tell them today when we meet that we believe in anyone that we put in the game. We believe in them and trust in them and know that they can do the job to help get a win. They just need to go in and execute the plan we have for them to the best of their ability. Everybody has to rally around those guys and support them and also do their own jobs as well. We tell them not to let their teammates down. Be prepared and know what you're doing."
On what he can expect from Shawn Petty and Brian McMahon at quarterback:
"We'll find out as we go out to practice today. We want to get them to understand as much as they can so they can go out and manage the offense. Brian at least being on offense, kind of knows it. Shawn it will be a little bit different because he was a defensive guy, so he has to learn some terminology. But both guys will be able to throw and run the ball, I'm sure. It's like riding a bike. They didn't forget how to run or throw the ball by not having played quarterback for the past few months."
On when he expects to make a decision about who will start as quarterback:
"We'll have a really good idea by the end of the day on Thursday after seeing three days of practice. Am I going to say anything at the end of the day Thursday? That's too far in advance to know that. But we could come out and say something on Thursday or wait until game time."
On what earned Wes Brown the starting job and if it was in part due to Devin Burns being at quarterback:
"I think that we have seen Wes perform really well in the game without Devin in other situations. Coming off that injury; Saturday's game, it just allowed us to get him some more work. When you're running the read-zone, defense has to make a decision. One of the decisions is who are they going let run the ball. You got to make sure to take the quarterback away or the running back away. That's something where the quarterback has to do a good job of reading. Sometimes it's going to open up where the running back or the quarterback will benefit, based on the defense. Wes can have that kind of production with Devin or without Devin."
On if some of the gloom of all the injuries has been mitigated by the fact they're two wins away from bowl eligibility:
"There's no gloom around here. If you see our kids, they're not down in the dumps. It`s like the old mule that fell into the well without water in it, and the farmer doesn't know how to get the mule out of there, so he figures that he will just cover the old mule up. So what happens is, he start's throwing dirt down there, and the mule ends up just shaking it off and stepping up. And before you know it, there's enough dirt and he's at the top and just comes out of it. That's how I look at it. We are just trying to get win number five. The third win in the ACC and the fifth win overall. I just told our guys that everything we want is still ahead of us. That's what we have to have our focus on and prepare for to keep it that way."
On designing the game plan for Saturday:
"I don't think that we'll do anything differently. We've been doing the same things with Perry, Devin, and Caleb all through the preseason. There are things that you will do with each guy based on his specific skill sets."
On Caleb Rowe's ability to run:
"I think Caleb is a more than adequate runner. He is by no means as fast as Devin. But he has good running ability and we have seen him execute our offense during the preseason and we know he can do all of the things we would ask him to within our offense."
On what kind of player Devin Burns is:
"He is a kid that loves to play the game. He is somebody who has a smile on his face all of the time and is a tremendous competitor. He has a quick release, is athletic enough to make plays with his feet, can read defenses well, and is someone who our players respect. When you can come in and do what Devin did and also what Caleb did in the second half coming off the bench, I have a tremendous amount of respect for each one of those guys. Both of them were very poised and I was very impressed."
On if he'll design the playbook to keep the quarterbacks healthy:
"We have to do the things that need to be done in order to give our team the best chance to win games, using the guys that we have. You cannot sit there and try to worry about people getting hurt if you run a specific play. We will do the best we can to utilize their skills and get other guys ready to go just in case."
On how Brad Craddock has handled the last few days:
"We went out and did a little bit of PAT and field goal work on Sunday. We as coaches just have to do a better job to make sure that he has the same leg swing every time. We have to keep working with his technique and his fundamentals. He has the leg and he has the right attitude. I was a little mad at myself because I wish I had taken the opportunity to talk to him before he went out there [to attempt the field goal at the end of Saturday's game]. We just have to keep working with him and showing him on tape why he missed the ones that he missed and ensuring that he has the right leg swing every time. Brad will be fine."
On the Boston College offense and what makes quarterback Chase Rettig so special:
"Chase Rettig is what makes them go. He can move around in the pocket and he likes to move to throw the ball. BC has a big offensive line and they do a good job of pass protecting and they have good receivers to throw the ball to. They put up those numbers from an offensive standpoint because of those things."
On what defensive back Jeremiah Johnson has done to play well:
"I think that J.J. has worked really hard to hone his craft. When you watch him play, he does a good job of preparing and studying. When he sees certain sets he knows what will be coming. He does a good job of watching receivers during the week and understanding their tendencies. He has a lot of confidence, and you have big pass breakups like he has had, those only build your confidence. J.J.'s skills have come from hard work and preparation, not only during the season, but also from his hard work during the summer."
On if he has seen wide receiver Nigel King coming along recently:
"I see a guy who is getting more confidence. Nigel is a great guy, but was never sure of himself. Now you can start to see the confidence come out. He sat out a year, and I know that was not any fun for him. Now you can see him out there and he is enjoying himself and you can see his confidence building. As long as he can stay healthy and continue to work very hard he can be a very productive player for us."
On the play of the offensive line last week:
"I thought we were a little bit better. We were nowhere near where we needed to be, but I thought the communication was a little bit better and I was not displeased with the way we played. I thought there was improvement, but we still have much more to do with that phase of our game."
Senior offensive lineman Justin Gilbert
On if the offensive line needs to change based on the quarterback:
"Not really, we run the same offense. Of course with Devin [Burns] we are going to run different plays being a more mobile quarterback. With Caleb [Rowe], we will run more pass-design plays, give the running back the ball. We still run our plays. These guys have been in our huddles before. We are going to listen to them, whichever quarterback it is, and go out and play."
On if there has been any sense of gloom and doom with Perry Hills and C.J. Brown suffering season-ending injuries:
"Of course, we are all upset for Perry. It's a terrible loss and back during camp when we lost C.J., but we are in the middle of a season right now where we are 4-3 and still have a good shot at the ACC [championship]. We just have to keep playing our game and we can't really let something, as tragic as it was, to slow us down. We have to keep building. Whoever goes in at quarterback this week, that's the guy who's leading us and play Maryland football."
On what Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe provide at quarterback:
"Everybody saw it on Saturday, Devin definitely provides us a mobile quarterback. He's a very athletic guy. Caleb comes in and he's a gun slinger. He's a pocket passer. He gets back there and is not afraid to make plays. We see it every day in practice, we saw it on Saturday. He was throwing the ball down the field. Both of them bring their own things to the game. They both help our offense and we'll see who it is."
Senior defensive lineman A.J. Francis
On Boston College:
"They've pretty much been in every game they have played in the ACC. They've scored a lot of points on some good defenses. They scored on Florida State and Miami. It's going to be a tough game for us. We have to come out and be ready to play. We have to shut down the run and make them one dimensional. They have a good quarterback so hopefully we can get them out of their game."
On Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig:
"I think he just has vision. He can see a lot of things. He is a lot like [Mike] Glennon in that he can see a lot of things that a lot of quarterbacks don't see. He can make a lot of plays that way."
On playing at Boston College:
"We have to get this win. It's one my favorite environments to play in the ACC. It's a small venue, but it's right in the middle of a downtown area. It's fun to play there. The fans are right on top of you. It should be a good game."
On if the defensive approach changes given the current quarterback situation:
"Every day we play the best we can. We don't beat ourselves. We don't give up long shots, long touchdowns. We're going to be hard to beat no matter who's on the other side of the ball for us. We feel we can play against anybody as long as we play our game. We should be able to control the game and hopefully put our offense in a better situation with turnovers and what not. If our offense has a short field, they will be able to score more points and we'll be able to win more games."
Freshman offensive lineman Mike Madaras
On the team's mood heading into the game at Boston College:
"Everybody definitely has a new focus because we're going to have to do a lot this week to get prepared for the game with a new quarterback. These two quarterbacks haven't gotten a lot of playing time this year, so there's definitely a new focus."
On facing Boston College's defense:
"They're definitely a physical, hard defense from what I've seen. We're just going to have to keep focused and learn what we're going to have to do with the offense now with new quarterbacks. We'll find out during the week."
Senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield
On moving past the tough NC State loss:
"It's tough, it's very tough. You just have to forget. That's the biggest thing - trying to forget about it and knowing you still can get to your goal. We're still where we want to be. We have one loss [in conference], so we can still win the ACC."
On facing Boston College's offense:
"Their offense is very different from what it's been the last few years. They're not as downhill as they've previously been. They're pretty spread out. Their quarterback is a pretty good quarterback. I think we have to get some pressure on him."
On if the defense is concerned about the offense:
"We haven't really practiced yet, so we haven't seen what they're doing as of yet. We just know that whatever happens, we have to do our job. We have to hold the team down as far as the defense goes."
Freshman running back Wes Brown
On if the successful running game Saturday helped the offense's confidence:
"I think it gives the offensive line a great opportunity to see that they can do whatever it is we need to get done to help the running game. I think that's going to push them a lot harder in practice. They felt as though they got the running backs 121 yards or whatever it was, well let's do it again. We have to run the ball and we have to be able to pass the ball to keep us balanced. The offensive line saw that they can get it done, so let's go."
On the differences between Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe:
"They're all special in their own way. Devin's special because he can run and he also can throw at the same time. Caleb is not as fast, but he's got an accurate ball, so he can hit those tight windows."