Grobe Quotes on Clemson

"They have a lot of guys back," said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. "Charlie Whitehurst is being talked about for the Heisman Trophy. We have to concentrate on our blocking and tackling and not worry about the environment and Clemson."

On the offensive line's youth: "I feel better today. I was uneasy in the spring and a little uneasy at the beginning of August, but our linemen have made improvements. I think we're ready now. We had good competition for two or three spots on the line and we will play two or three players in those spots. Everyone will get some playing time this weekend. We had eight or nine guys competing for playing time and they will get it. If we play well up front then we will have a chance. Our offensive line is young and has been inconsistent. It is a work in progress and will be during the season."

On coaching up the revenge factor:
"If you didn't play well one year, the next year you do not really have to tell the kids too much. They really want to get that bad taste out of their mouth. I see it as much a redeeming rather than revenge. This game [against Clemson] has grown into a rivalry for our guys over the past few years."

On RB Chris Barclay:
"He's stronger this year. He had another spring and August under his belt. I don't think we saw a healthy Chris Barclay last year until the fourth or fifth game. I'm hopeful that we'll see a full 11 games from him. He has very good foot speed. He is a track-oriented runner, and usually those guys run east to west, but he has a knack to go north and south. Other than the bad ankle last year, he has been very durable. He is just a good football player. He is one of those guys that you would pick in a sandlot game; he's just a good player."

On the game against Clemson: "Our players were hit hard on our finish last season. They are now determined to play well. I think our guys are talking about taking our best shot 11 times this year. We will go down and give them our best shot in their backyard. They have a lot of guys back. Charlie Whitehurst is being talked about for the Heisman Trophy. We have to concentrate on our blocking and tackling and not worry about the environment and Clemson. We need to focus on our game."

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