TDD Q&A Session: Chris Dapolito

Coming into the season senior quarterback Chris Dapolito was slated as the back up. However, after one week he was named the starter for the game against Connecticut. Coming off a disappointing loss the 6-foot-3, 215 pounder sat down with <I></I> to review the first two weeks.

TDD: Obviously it's been a rough start to the season. How do you guys bounce back next week against Virginia Tech?

Chris Dapolito: Well, we'd like to have won both of those games, but we've put them behind us in the sense that we are totally focused on Virginia Tech. They aren't behind us in the sense that we want to build on the positive steps we took from week one to week two. Our preparation doesn't change or anything just because we had some bad luck.

Describe the team's attitude towards welcoming Virginia Tech to the ACC

We're really excited about it. It's a new challenge and a new team in the conference that we've never faced, and a new environment. It should be a lot of fun.

If you could pick any player on the Virginia Tech roster to suit up for Duke who would it be?

To be honest, I haven't watched the film yet. So, based on our roster, I'd say a defensive end, especially with us losing Phillip Alexander.

That was a big blow to you guys. How do you recover?

We've got guys who I know can step up and fill his shoes. It's unfortunate to lose a great player like that, but we have to accept it and find someone to step up.

This will be your third straight road game to open the season. What has the constant travel been like?

It's not that big of a deal really. We're really excited to go out each week and hopefully quiet a stadium. I know around campus our fans are excited about the home opener next weekend. There's a real buzz around here.

Obviously the offense has had some trouble so far this year, how will you guys try to move the ball more efficiently this weekend?

I think it comes down to execution. It's not all X's and O's out there. We've got to concentrate every down on the little things that make teams successful. We will continue to get better if everyone focuses on the details of what they are doing.

Do you think the offense becoming more explosive depends on the freshmen receivers?

That's definitely a big part of it, but there are other factors, and we've got upperclassmen who can make big plays. Still, I can't say enough about the freshmen. They are doing great things in practice every day and are picking things up really quickly. I think they are going to be a lot of fun to watch in the future.

You guys are likely going to be playing in a monsoon on Saturday. Does that change anything as far as preparing or game plans?

It may change a few things out there, but nothing really major. We always prepare the same way every week. Maybe you'll see a few new things though.

Obviously you guys have been in this situation before at this point in the season. Is there a different attitude this year than others?

Oh yeah, Coach Roof has really helped keep us going. He's always finding new ways to motivate us. Each week we have new themes and goals we work towards, which is terrific.

How would you describe his opinions of the first two games?

I think he's happy with the improvement from the first two weeks. He told us he was proud of the overall effort and the way we really played with heart, but he wants us to focus on the details and small things and to concentrate.

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