"This is the biggest challenge that our football team has faced this season, on several fronts. One, it's a road game and two, it's a very talented and well-coached football team. Georgia Tech's coming off a nine-win season and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. They've got a lot of the major key pieces of last year's football team back this year. An explosive Jonathan Dwyer at fullback that was the ACC offensive player of the year – he in and of himself is a major threat. Then you add all of the other pieces of their offense to it…
"They are executing and running their offense much better, a year later, than they did in the very first year. So this will be a pretty significant challenge for our football team."
Is it fair to expect more from the wide receivers now that they have some experience this season?
"The only way that kids can grow and get better is to play. The more often they play, hopefully the more experience they get. They gain some confidence. They're not going to go from Week 3 to Week 4 and all of a sudden become the total package, the total accomplished player. Hopefully the successes that they've had, whether its in Week 1, Week 2 or Week 3, they can continue to grow and build on those. But it's going to be years before some of those freshmen are going to be clearly at the ceiling of where we think that they can become as college players."
How have the young receivers improved the most?
"Throughout all of training camp, I think they all were working hard and they were trying to work smart. But there are some things during the course of training camp, in the first week or so, you can't tell them what game tempo is going to be like. You can't manufacture the other teams' schemes and the techniques that they use. That's why it's such a growing experience for all of these kids. They're going to see different things every single week, and as long as they'll stay with great, positive attitudes and good work ethic and continue to build on the successes that they've had…
"They didn't play perfect games, and we know that they're not going to. There are some things that they can do better and they have to continue to work on those. If they will, there will come a point in time in their careers where they will hopefully be as accomplished as the three kids that graduated last year."
Can you sense a difference in your team when you go on the road now, since going 0-6 in 2007?
"A lot of that certainly, in Year 2 and Year 3, there's a little different demeanor just from the standpoint that we've been together a little bit longer. They have a little bit greater appreciation as to the importance of going on the road. Obviously, a lot of these guys are a lot more experienced…
"Last week kind of brought the point home when we looked at the game that we played against East Carolina [in ‘07]. At times when we were watching the film, you said, ‘Gosh – there's a freshman. There's a freshman. There's a red-shirt freshman. We hope that the older and more mature that they become, they start to appreciate how much focus that it takes to go on the road, eliminate the distractions and treat it like a business trip."
On the offense:
"We're still a work in progress. Although we had some success against East Carolina, the real test for any particular group of players or a phase of your team is consistency – the ability to be able to do it week-in and week-out. Obviously, last week was a very positive step forward, but by no stretch of the imagination are we at or even close to where we need to be for the remainder of this schedule. This is a murderer's row schedule for the remainder of the season for us and we do have to get better every week."
What did you see from Georgia Tech's earlier games that will help you this week?
"We looked closely at the Miami game and we looked closely at the Clemson game, and you just try to see how we did it a year ago and how teams have played them after we played them. Because that offense continues to grow. I think that's one of the real mistakes that you make because you assume that Georgia Tech is going to be the exact same team that they were 10 days ago.
"They're going to add new plays [and] they're going to polish up plays that they made miscues on. So you look at schemes and you say, ‘Is there anything in that particular scheme that maybe fits what we're doing?' Everybody has their own ideas."