Roof's Weekly Press Conference Quotes

Head coach Ted Roof met the media following the season opening loss to Richmond.

Head Coach Ted Roof

On quarterback situation
"We're going to practice them both (Marcus Jones and Thaddeus Lewis) and see how that unfolds and make a decision closer to game time. I thought both of them did some good things and I thought both of them made some mistakes and we've got to correct the mistakes and move on and build on what they did well."

On what he said to Jones and Lewis following Saturday's game
"I addressed both of them individually. Both of them are going to have opportunities and when opportunities come, whenever they come and however they come, we have to take advantage of it. I think that's true for our football team if you look at the game. Whatever mistakes we made, we still had opportunities to score and put ourselves in position to win and we weren't opportunistic. This football team is going to have to be opportunistic and take advantage of breaks whether we create them ourselves or whether they are given to us."

On how Jones and Lewis are handling the quarterback competition
"They are both handling it well. They're both competing. They are competing with each other but at the same time they are both quarterbacks at Duke and they support each other. They are teammates."

On running back situation
"Ronnie Drummer went down after five plays and Justin Boyle went down after 16 plays so that certainly got into our depth at running back real quick. Thank goodness we have Re'quan Boyette. He's proven that he can be a good back in this league. We have Clifford Harris and Aaron Fryer so if Ronnie and Justin aren't able to play, those guys will have opportunities and hopefully they'll take advantage of them."

On freshman quarterback Thaddeus Lewis
"I thought he played with a lot of poise and I thought he delivered the football. I was pleased with a lot of the things he did, we've just got to continue to work and get the mistakes corrected that we made. We've got to take care of the football."

On Duke's defense
"I think that one of our main focal points going into the season was doing better against the run and we performed better than we have in a while. It will certainly be tested this week (at Wake Forest). Wake Forest ran the ball for almost 250 yards on Syracuse and they'll continue to run it and run it and run it until the cows come home I'm sure unless we can stop them. It will be a factor on our level of success if we can stop the running game or not."

Zach Maurides

On Saturday's disappointing loss to Richmond
"Obviously we're very disappointed with Saturday but that's over now. It's Monday, it's game week and we've got to assert ourselves to the task at hand. Obviously Saturday night and Sunday morning as we watched film it was very disappointing and it hurts a lot. That game was a long time in the making but it's over now. We can't afford to waste time dwelling on that because we have another task coming up this weekend. We're using it to propel us into this Saturday. I think you can take something like that one or two ways. You can let it bring you down or you can let it motivate you. We know we can perform better than that. We know we're better than that. We're using that for fuel to get ready for this weekend."

On Saturday's defense
"Across the board I think we did a lot of good things but when it comes down to it we didn't play to win. We made too many mistakes and we can't afford to do that on Saturday. You can have bright spots but if one guy doesn't play the play right, the play goes wrong. We have to have 11 guys on the same page on every play."

On the offensive line's play on Saturday
"I think as a whole we need to sharpen up our operation and our execution. There were some good things but obviously after a performance like Saturday's you can't be satisfied. That's one of the things we want to make sure we get tightened up so we can build on it. I think we started to get more into a rhythm at the end of the game but we can't do that. We have to come out strong this Saturday and be prepared to play right away."

On losing Ronnie Drummer and Justin Boyle
"You hate to see guys get hurt but I have complete confidence in all of our backups, and I expect them to be prepared to step up in that situation. We hold everyone on our team to the same standards so I feel confident that all the backups, no matter the position, are ready to step up."

On the team's attitude
"We're focused. If you want to feel bad, feel bad on Saturday night or Sunday morning and Monday come to work. We don't have time to dwell on a loss. We're getting ready for Wake Forest."

Vince Oghobaase

On the Wake Forest game:
It's going to be really important for us to win because it will turn around the whole outlook on our program and bring our fans along with us. There is nobody with us right now; the only people we have are ourselves. Everyone is saying, we can't do this, we can't do that, but all we have to do is stick together and prepare to beat Wake Forest.

On trying to gain a winning attitude:
As leaders we have to make sure we don't get down ourselves. Of course we're upset that we lost on Saturday but all throughout the week we have to keep it behind us; we can't dwell on the past, we just have to move on and prepare ourselves for the next opponent.

On the team's mindset this week:
What's really going on in our minds now is that we leave the Richmond game behind us. We're going into this week with the mindset that we're going to prepare to the best of our ability and try our hardest to beat Wake Forest. We'll have to attack their run game and our offense has to prepare to do whatever they have to do and we'll go out there and play for success. We were down on ourselves Saturday and Sunday but now the team morale is pretty high. We're going to go in there and prepare to win.


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