Bishop, Washington Meet The Media

RALEIGH, N.C. -- James Washington and Brandan Bishop met with the media today to discuss the game against Maryland.

Brandan Bishop

"Compared to Dave [Amerson] I don't have so many [interceptions]. We've just been trying to make plays on the ball, and I think we've done a pretty good job of it so far."

"We try to first stop the run and get them into passing situations, and that makes our job a lot easier."

"Our back is still against the wall. If we don't come up with a win this week than last week doesn't mean anything."

"He played awesome. Terrell, especially the last few weeks, it seems like he's playing great. He's a talented player, and we're happy to have him."

"Last year was a heartbreaker. It knocked us out for a chance to play for the conference title. We remember that and we've got a lot on the line this year too, so it will be a huge game."

"It was unbelievable to come out and play like that, but I've known we're capable of playing like that, especially on defense."

"We've been pretty inconsistent this year, and it's not a quality you would like to have. Hopefully we can follow up last week's big win with another one this week."

"I think our fans really get into the game and we feed off that emotion."

"There is something really, really special about playing here at home that helps us during the game."

"It was loud... it might have been the loudest since I've been here."

"I definitely should have more than five [interceptions]. I dropped one against Cincinnati, and there was probably one or two in the early games that I should have had."

"As a player, when you're in that situation, your instinct is to go up and get the ball. I know it would have been a smarter play to go knock the ball down, but in the same scenario, maybe he taps the ball and their [receiver] catches it."

"I think five is not too shabby, but Dave is on a record-setting pace. Hopefully I can snag one or two more and hopefully Dave gets a few more and is up there with the all-timers."

"We need more opportunities. It seems like they continue to throw at Dave which kind of amazes me. When they do, he's great. He goes up and takes advantage."

"Maryland has a good back, Meggett. It seems like he's been there for a hundred years."

"He is a dual-threat type of guy, a good athlete. He's somebody we've definitely got to be aware of and know where he is at, at all times."

James Washington

"As soon as we got off the field he was like we've got to move on to the next game and can't hang on to this one too long."

"We learned that what you see on tape is not what you're going to get on the field."

"We knew we had to win both games to make it to a bowl game."

"The crowd was around us, the defense came out firing, and the offense was clicking."

"It was very big. Every time we got the ball we were able to put it in the endzone or kick a field goal. That builds up and make the deficit bigger for the other team."

"We use two backs and we both spell each other so when I come out he comes in fresh and able to carry the load. When we can run up front the offense is clicking on all cylinders."

"They always play us tough. Each year we play them it always goes down to the wire."

"[Last year's game] came down to one play... that awful spot. It didn't look like he got back to the line of scrimmage, but they gave it to them. We shouldn't let it get to that position."

"We know we have to beat Maryland. That's the only way we can get to a bowl game."

"We were one game away last year from being in the ACC championship game... we feel like we had the team to compete and win the ACC championship last year, but this year we have to compete and go all out."

"We get in home games and we run more often, we get behind our big offensive line... the crowd encourages us."

"I'm thankful to be healthy. Last year was real tough for me, but this year I've been able to play every game and keep pressing on to help this team win."

"In the past, most running backs here didn't get as many carries as I've got this year, but this year we've needed to run more than in previous years to be successful."

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