"This week is a good time for our football team to have an open date. We've had basically about 11 straight weeks from training camp through the season where our players have really been put to the test – physically, emotionally and doing all of the things that they have to do academically, as well as practicing and preparing each week. It kind of comes at a good time.
"We've got some guys that obviously have suffered some injuries throughout the course of the season, and it gives some of those guys a chance to get back. And the ones that we've lost, it gives us a chance to work with the guys that have had to step in and take their place. It's a chance for us to kind of focus on ourselves and do an exhaustive self scout, to take a look at the things that we're doing good and how can we do them better, [and] then the things that we're not doing good and it gives us a chance to work on them this week.
"Obviously, we've got Georgia Tech on the horizon next week, and Paul Johnson has done a phenomenal job at Georgia Tech. He's brought an element to the ACC that wasn't present last year schematically on offense with the offense that they're running. So having a little bit of extra time to at least look at it, not only for our coaching staff but also our players, as to the intricacies of it. "It's a chance to get some guys healed up, some guys rested and then certainly a chance to focus academically this week and finish this semester strong."
On T.J. Yates:
"Our trainers felt like, based on where he was physically, that it would be okay for him to come back on a limited basis to work himself into some drills that were not team-[oriented] and there was no way that he was going to be put in a situation to have to scramble and run around.
"So basically what it was is he had a chance to come and do some individual drills yesterday, throw some individual routes one-on-one with the receivers and the defensive backs and then he was able to participate a little bit in some 7-on-7… He'll do that this week and we'll judge how he handles it this week to determine whether or not he takes the step next week that would allow him maybe to participate, but he's still a ways away."
Once Yates is healthy, how does the quarterback situation play out?
"Well, certainly, you have no idea when and if that healthy day is going to be. Is it two weeks from now? Is it four weeks from now? Certainly Cam [Sexton], right now, is playing extremely well.
"I think what it does is it certainly gives us two quarterbacks that our team has confidence to play, and certainly the way that Cam is playing, barring any unforeseen injury, Cam would continue to be the guy. As I've told the players all along, since I took the job, the guy that gives us the best chance to win on Saturday, regardless of the position, is the guy that we're going to play."
On Trimane Goddard:
"He's got outstanding instincts. One of the things that you've been able to see this year from Trimane that's maybe different in past years is that he went through so many seasons with different injuries that he wasn't able to stay on the field or be there every single week. He's got great poise. Being a quarterback in high school, I think he has a real appreciation for route concepts and how things develop and he can kind of see the big picture.
"He's just playing really, really well. He's playing with a lot of confidence and I think he just has good awareness. He's also one of the best film study guys that we have. He's constantly in there – you'll catch him in the morning, you'll catch him in the afternoon or at lunchtime or at nighttime, 20 minutes here or 30 minutes there. He really takes a lot of pride in being prepared to play every Saturday."