We look forward to getting our season started this week at Clemson. We have studied a
lot of football teams in our time at FAU and Clemson is the best football team we have
played and are fortunate enough to play Clemson.
On the offensive side of the ball we have made the decision to go with a young quarterback.
Rusty Smith, from Jacksonville, won the competition with Sean Clayton who
was our starting quarterback the final two games of 2005. Rusty is in the mold of
Bernie Kosar. He is tall and has a good arm, is highly intelligent and has a good
demeanor that will provide an opportunity to lead our team.
We are going to be as young as we have ever been we have two seniors on offense and
one senior on defense. We are going to as young as we have ever been class wies, but
have more experience throughout.
Building FAU compared to Miami and Louisville.
It is so much different. It is like a father watching his son. For us to qualify for the
play-off with a third year team. Go into the semi-final game ending with an 11-3
record and ranked no. 4 in the nation. It had a similar feel to winning the national
championship at Miami or like beating Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl. Those were big
events in our lives, but this was special. It was something we created and gave birth to.
It was back-and-forth. It was similar to the situation we had at Miami when Jim Kelly
graduated and we had Vinnie Testaverde and Bernie Kosar was redshirted. Most everyone
thought the logical thing to do was to go with Vinnie. Those of us that were close
to the situation felt that Bernie had more mental toughness and had a better handle on
the offense and over the long haul he would be the best person for the long term plan.
That is how we feel about Rusty. At Miami, we went out for our opening game at
Florida against a very good team. They beat us 28-3, but that was part of the understanding
that by making Kosar the leader that he could handle adversity better and that
is our situation here. (Sean) Clayton has a little bit more experience but we think for
the long haul that Rusty has the best chance of developing with our team. Four years
from now with this team made up of primarily of freshmen and sophomores and a few
juniors, he will be ready and we will be ready to take our rightful place with the best
teams in the country.
Trips to Death Valley
Zero times. I have been to North Carolina State, I've been to South Carolina and to
Virginia and Virginia Tech many times, but I've never been to Clemson. I know a lot
of coaches who have and players who have and I understand the wonderful Saturday
afternoon that there is there.
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