Swinney: Really disappointed after watching the tape. Not a lot of rocket science going on. We are, right now, a team that's finding a lot of ways to beat ourselves. We've had 11 turnovers in three ball games and we're really fortunate that we've only lost two of them. We had the six turnovers, total, in eight games. Now we've got 11 in three games. It really comes down to execution. We have to get these guys dialed back in and back to the basics.
I'm really disappointed, offensively, obviously. Defensively, I really felt it was probably the best first quarter we've played, probably since Virginia Tech. Really came out ready to go...then all of a sudden they get the ball on the 6, the 18 and the 11. We really didn't give them much of a chance. Again, I like the how they started the game. I'm just disappointed in how we performed offensively and on special teams. Turnovers, field position, penalties, sacks -- those are the things that get you beat. They always will.
We have to get our guys dialed back in. We've got to refocus on our goals. Whether we were 11-0 right now or 9-2, none of that would matter this week. It doesn't have anything to do with these four quarters that we're about to play against South Carolina. We've got a lot in front of us. All of our goals are still intact...we have not played very well. Fortunately we have a lot of good tape to study where we have played well. We have to get our guys buying in, get their confidence back, refocused on the things that you've got to do to win.
I'm excited about this game. It's the biggest game of the year. It's a great opportunity for both teams to get a 10th win. Again, we've got everything right here in front of us. The only thing we know about our football team right now is that we're not a national championship team. But that doesn't mean we can't be a very, very good team when this thing is all said and done. That's our focus. We're going to flush it and then we're going to move on.
Swinney: We have several guys that are banged up. The biggest question, right now, is Phillip Price. He did run today, so I'm anxious to get the report on that. They were taking him out this evening to do some running. We'll know a little bit more tomorrow. He's our biggest question mark. Martavis Bryant, his neck, he's probably our next biggest question mark to me. Other than that, I think most everybody else will be ready to go.
Landon [Walker] looked good today. Brandon [Thomas] looked pretty good today. Then we've just got some other guys that have some maintenance type injuries over the course of the season.
Sammy [Wakins], hopefully we'll get him back in pads by Tuesday.
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