Sunday Teleconference: Amato Quotables

<B>Raleigh, NC -- </b>Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato held his weekly teleconference this afternoon and here's a sampler of what he had to say.

Thoughts on Virginia Tech QB Bryan Randall:
He's the kind of quarterback that I don't like to play against. You never know when he's going to pull it down and take off and run it. He can beat you with both his arm and his feet. He's got a lot of experience, and we're playing in his backyard.

You mentioned after the game that you were happy with the defense. After watching the film were there breakdowns or were you still happy with how they played?
Well if there were breakdowns they were not taken advantage of. The biggest breakdowns were penalties. We let Ohio State continue drives when they were stopped. Call it over-agressive or whatever, but I'd rather have them over-agressive than under-aggressive. We can slow them down, but it's always hard to speed them up.

You've been preaching since you got here that defense is the core of a great team. Is this that kind of defense?
I'm hoping. I said it two years ago that with the way recruiting was going the post-Rivers era would be defense. Two games doesn't make a season, and I hope I can talk about that more later. If this defense is better than the one we had two years ago it will be a great defense.

Have you ever coached or played at Virginia Tech?
I went there two times when I was at Florida State. I don't know what the stadium looks like now because it's been that long ago. But I know I've seen it on TV and that's a hostile crowd.

Frank is an outstanding coach and a tough coach. He gets his kids very strong and very physical. It's going to be that kind of game.

Do you know how you came out of your game with injuries?
Yea, do you want me to tell you? [Laughing] Not bad, really, not bad. Bobby Washington has a little bit of swelling on his ankle, and other than that we've got some guys sore.

Were your receivers getting open for Jay?
In some instances, yes, very much so. In other instances there was some great coverages.

It's so funny, and I said this in the press conference yesterday, Rix against Miami probably went against the best defensive football team in America. One game doesn't make a season, good or bad.

Ohio State's a daggone good defensive football team.

Were your carries distributed the way you thought they should have been?
It was alright, but we probably need to get T.A. even more touches. He didn't start and Bobby got hurt so we got him in there quite a bit. I'd like to get Reggie Davis in there too because he brings a physical approach to the running back position.

Were you pleased with the way T.A. ran and was it how he did as a freshman?
Very much so. Yes he did. He's quite a running back. I think all of his injuries are behind him.

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