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"The defense gets tired," Ford said. "We just keep hitting them and hitting them and hitting them, and they're going to wear down. That's why we've got to mentally focus ourselves every day.
"No matter how tired we are, we just have to keep going, keep going and keep going. We can't let the tired get to us."
|"Coach Morris, he just brings energy. He's hyper. Coach Swinney, he wants an offense that's going to attack and not go play for play."|
"I think everybody, today, just picked it up, got more focused," Ford said. "It was very up-tempo yesterday. I think the heat got to a lot of us. I think everybody just started to get unfocused and just slacking off.
"Today, we just came together as an offense and said, 'Hey, we've got to pick it up today. No matter what, we've got to bring it. We've got to be better than what we did last Saturday.' I think everybody was just more focused, as a team."
Now, he said, is not the time of year to show any signs of regression.
"We can't take steps back. We've got to be more focused. We've got to bring it every day. We can let the sun tie into it. Other teams like Troy and Auburn aren't going to let the sun tie into it."
According to Ford, the execution on Wednesday was much better.
"We kept going. There was a tempo, a pace we were coming at," he said. "We did a great job with that and buying into what coach Morris and coach [Dabo] Swinney are trying to do."
A hurry-up, fast-pace offense is something Swinney's strived for in the past.
"As an offense, we tried to pace it last year. The tempo just wasn't fast enough," Ford said. "Every day, we've got a period where we do tempo the whole five minutes. We just go, go, go.
"Coach Morris, he just brings energy. He's hyper. Coach Swinney, he wants an offense that's going to attack and not go play for play."
Ford is confident it will work.
"With the tempo and everybody buying into it, I think it's going to be a good season," he said.