Quotables: Randy Shannon

Miami head coach Randy Shannon met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against NC State.

Opening Statement:
This week we have NC State. They've been doing a pretty good job of running the football. Defensively, [defensive coordinator] coach [Mike] Archer has been doing a good job of getting those guys to play on defense.

They probably have been one of the top two teams playing well right now over the last three or four games that I've seen in the conference. Coming off of Georgia Tech last week, I think our inexperience really showed up.

Our guys will get ready to bounce back, because this team is a team that whatever we have to fix they go back and fix the problems. I have confidence in those guys. We are kind of getting back to focusing on the small things.

On what to expect from NC State...
When you are preparing for a team like NC State, they are a team that has been scoring points. The one thing you have to do is take out the running backs and tight ends. If you add up the running backs and the tight ends' catches, those are the top receivers on their team.

Running the football is what Coach [Tom] O'Brien has always believed in. This week we are going to have to stop the run in key situations. They are going to isolate the linebacker a lot.

On what Miami needs to do offensively against NC State...
Also, offensively we are going to have to be able to score points. Not late in the game like we have been doing lately, but find a way to move the football and get in the red zone and score points. I think that if we convert on that and also win the field position battle with special teams we will have a great shot at this game against NC State.

On telling the guys there is something to play for even if they can't get a championship title...
I just tell them point blank, eight wins is better than seven, and now we are going to keep going in the right direction as a football team. You never settle for anything less, and with these guys they don't. I think that every time we have challenged them as a football coaching staff they have responded and been able to get things done.

On NC State being hungry for sixth win to become bowl eligible...
We talk about this being their senior day. No one wants their seniors to go out on a bad note. These guys are going to come out ready to play, and we have to respond to that challenge.

On does it matter which bowl game you go to...
No, all that matters is eight wins because if you get eight wins, now you are going into bowl season with a victory. You want to get into a rhythm, a little like in the NFL because you always want to end on a good note then go into the bowl, get another win, they you go into the fall with two wins.

On having diversity on offense...
I don't think you see any offense in America that is going to say this is what you are going to get. You can go to any school, and I think you will see diverse personnel groups with what they are trying to get done.

On what he expects to see the team do better...
We have to develop off of a loss and get done what we have to get done. Offense, defense, and special teams have to get better. Last week, we played awful on special teams, we didn't even win the field position battle.

As a team the more you have to emphasize getting better in all three phases, that's when you know you are improving. Have we improved on offense, defense and special teams from last year? Yes. Do we think we need to get a whole lot better? Yes. Those things are never out of our minds.


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