"Well, how many people are familiar with the legendary picture of the Revolutionary war that's got the guy with the fife and the drum, one guy is bandaged up and one guy's got a crutch? That's a little like the state of the union with the secondary. There's a little bit of everything going on. We've got some ankles and we've got some groins and hamstrings. It will be a rush, to be honest with you, throughout the course of the week to try to get these guys well. We've got to manage how they practice to make sure that they don't have setbacks every day.
"We've got a phenomenal medical staff… They take a look at our guys and they tell us, ‘Okay, this is what you should do with him throughout the course of practice.' And then we evaluate them after practice. We set them back and then the next day we try to dial it up a little bit more and that's the status of where we are with some of the guys. It will be a gametime decision. We'll see. One good thing about 18 and 19-year-old kids is that they've got a remarkable ability to recover a lot faster than certainly a lot of us in this room do, so hopefully a lot of them will bounce back and will be able to make some contribution this weekend."
On Terry Shankle:
Any time any of these kids have an injury that requires surgery, there's an awful lot of sadness from that standpoint. Terry was getting a chance to play and he was working himself in as a significant contributor on special teams, so for him to get injured during the course of the game is obviously frustrating and disappointing for him. But as I said, we've got a great medical staff. They're going to do his ACL reconstruction. They'll probably do that in a couple of weeks.
"The obvious question that a lot of people have is, ‘Why don't you do it immediately?' The way they do it today is that they wait for all of the swelling to go down and they will actually spend a significant amount of time doing some rehabilitation to build up the muscles so that as he goes through the [surgery], he doesn't experience the atrophy aspect of it as significantly. So he'll do that sometime around Thanksgiving weekend and hopefully we'll get him back for spring."
Do offensive linemen ever get the credit they deserve?
Probably not, to be honest with you. Certainly, I think everybody recognizes that five offensive linemen and a tight end have got to work in unbelievable unison and cohesion together. They've got to be on the same page. They've got to communicate and it's almost got to be choreographed like the Rockettes in Nw York. They've got to go in the same direction and they've all go to do the same thing. At the point of attack, they are clearly responsible for helping the running back get to the second level, getting to the linebackers and into the secondary. And then how far that run goes is dependent upon the wide receivers.
"But if there are unsung heroes, you might say it would be the interior core of your offensive line. There's always people talking about the matchups on the edge with ends rushing and tackles doing their jobs, but the guys that are doing all of the dirty work inside don't get any recognition. The only time anybody talks about the center is when he messes up and it's a bad snap and the two guards are on those ‘Wanted' posters that you see. They're guys that nobody knows who they are. Jonathan Cooper, Travis Bond… Last week we held out Alan Pelc because of a little bit of a shoulder injury – he's back to practice this week – so those three guys pretty much man the guard position and they do a really fine job."
On Florida State's running back stable:
"They rotate a lot of guys in. They don't have one guy that's the feature back that plays 70 percent of the time. They rotate by possessions, they roll them in. They're almost clones of each other. They're all basically quick, fast types of kids. They're got speed like you would expect out of a Florida State running back. One of the kids that you can't go to sleep on is the fullback. He's got some real running skills, so they give the ball to the fullback some."
On Christian Ponder:
"One of the things as a coaching staff that concerns you about a quarterback is his mobility. You hear people talk in the NFL and in college about quarterbacks that can extend plays. They scramble around and they keep plays alive. Sometimes they run, sometimes they create opportunities to throw down the field, and that's one of the things that he's very good at."
On deciding to go for it on fourth down:
"There are several things that play a role in that – how far is it, do you have the confidence that you can make it and how many possessions do you think that you're going to get? What's the stage of the game. Is it prudent to do it in the first quarter as opposed to the second half when you know that you're behind and may not get many more possessions. If you kick the ball away, can you confidently know that the defense can maybe get you the ball back with a three-and-out? So there is a whole litany of things that go through your mind. You try to make the best decision that gives you the best chance to win."
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