"We feel like if there has been a year since we got here this is the year."
"I think we need to be more consistent throughout. I felt like every game we lost we were pretty inconsistent."
"Just play four quarters, from start to finish, on all three sides of the ball. I feel like we have the talent to do it and there's not a team on the schedule we can't beat."
"I need to be more consistent. There were times last year I felt like I was hot and cold. I felt like I've learned a lot from that point. Guys look at me in a different way now, and I have to be in control of everything."
"It could definitely be a springboard [game] to the rest of the season."
"It's going to be a tough game to win, but we feel like we've prepared hard this offseason for it."
"I don't think you ever know why you start slow, but it's something we had to kind of work through."
"We feel like we're ready to take the next step."
"I think it has to be up there with the best in the nation. I can't think of a conference that might be stronger than ours [at quarterback]."
"Now that I have a year under my belt I know what to expect and how it is to be out there."
"Just having their insight of things I can work on was a big help for me."
"Me and Brynn played against each other our whole lives... I've known Brynn for a while."
"I just think as a leader you can only do so much until you start playing."
"I feel like guys do look at me a little different. I try to be a good leader."
"[FSU] was the best defense I played last year... it's the closest thing we'll face to a NFL defense."
"Some people say we're under the radar, but I think within the conference people know who we are."
"Talking with E.J. [Manuel] I think he knows that even though they got the best of us last year it won't be as easy this year."
"I think he just wants me to take another step. He feels I can take that step now that I have a year under my belt. As always I feel he's very confident in me and feels we can win a ACC championship."
"I think this year we'll be no different with Tobais [Palmer], who showed his playmaking ability last year and Bryan [Underwood], who in the Virginia game got the start out of nowhere and had two touchdowns and 150 yards, whatever it was. Quintin Payton and Rashard Smith, they are two guys eager to get on the field. I've worked with [the receivers] all summer, and I'm very confident in them."