Opening Statement on practice...
Other than having a headache from the crowd noise in here, we're pretty good.
We're pretty healthy. There's nothing from last week's game.
Playing in an environment at Clemson, does Ryan Finley's temperament help handle that?
He has a lot of poise in there, I think that's one of his greatest strengths... as ready as you can be for what it is. That's a great environment with a lot of noise, pageantry, so I'm glad he has the characteristics that are normal to him... to stay relaxed.
So far so good from that standpoint. This will be a great challenge for him.
How has your offensive line looked this week?
Really good... they've practiced hard and coach Ledford does a really good job with those guys. This is going to be a big challenge up front. They have a great interior defensive line, their defensive tackles are so disruptive, and they have two of the best linebackers in the country, not just the ACC. Those two guys are playing at a high level, and their ends are huge.
We're playing against the best front we'll see all year. This will be a game where they'll make some plays and we have to limit how many they'll get. We have to do a really good job of giving Ryan time to do the right things with the football.
Is there an additional focus on running the ball, controlling tempo, playing an offense like Clemson?
Not really. Balance is important, but we have to see what the game dictates. Last week it dictated we had to run and we ran. If we can throw and make plays through the air, we will. We've shown that we can do both, and that's the thing I like most about our system.
We are balanced and we'll try and take what they are giving us and be physical with it.
Dexter Lawrence... preparing for him and seeing him on the other end of the field, does that give you a little bit of a tinge?
It does, but you can't worry about the ones you don't have... you worry about the ones you do.
He's a great player and a great kid. We told him when we started recruiting him that he'd be a great player wherever he went. It's not surprising to see.