Bowden, Players Arrive in Orlando

Clemson head coach and players talk about next week's Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando.

On mixing fun with game preparations:
"This is a great town to come to. Our players are excited. When we practice tomorrow morning, we need to make the players understand that it is work time. We want this to be a reward for the kids, but for that one or two hours that we ask for practice, that has to be work time."

On mixing with the other team at bowl functions:
"I think the players enjoy that part of it. Our common opponents and our conference opponents, those kids know each other, many competed against each other in high school. The bowl is different, we have guys from different parts of the country, they will enjoy meeting each other."

On his team's health:
"We went at it pretty hard back home with some live scrimmages and stuff. Fortunately we didn't have any injuries. I think we're about as healthy as we've been all season.

On playing a team that has been struggling:
"Over-confidence will not be a problem with this team. We have enough recent history to know that we have competed against teams like Colorado and have seen them bounce back and have success. There will not be any trouble with over-confidence. Look past those last two games and understand this was a 7-2 nationally ranked team."

On QB Charlie Whitehurst:
"I think Charlie and our other seniors are looking forward to this game, particularly the ones with NFL inspirations. This is an opportunity to improve their stock and jump on the radar screens of the NFL scouts."

On bowl time:
"This is a business trip. We are looking to win a game and maybe mix a little fun in. We got a lot of work in back home and now it is just keeping sharp. We had eight practices at Clemson and we're looking forward to it."

On family:
"My whole family is coming down here tomorrow and spending the holidays, so I am going to have the same distractions the players from Florida are going to have."

On Bowl Week:
"It's great to be back in Florida. We missed out on a bowl game last year, so we are looking to have some fun. But that's what bowl games are supposed to be. Work hard in practice, have fun the rest of the time and then let it go in the game."

On getting ready for a team you know nothing about:
"It makes it more fun. They don't know our players, we don't know their guys. They don't know our scheme, we don't know their scheme. Put them together and let the best team that night win. We'll make friends this week at the team functions and that's what makes the game fun." Top Stories