Tuesday Press Conference - Greg Robinson

Syracuse Head Football Coach Greg Robinson was all smiles when asked about the 21-points Las Vegas is giving his football team this Saturday. Syracuse travels to Tallahassee to take on Florida State.

NO NEED TO FEAR, THE UNDERDOG IS HERE

 

Syracuse Head Football Coach Greg Robinson was all smiles when asked about the 21-points Las Vegas is giving his football team this Saturday. Syracuse travels to Tallahassee to take on Florida State.

 

            "I was informed today that we are underdogs," Robinson said with a sideways smile. "Then I was informed of the amount, and in my coaching career this is the most I've ever been an underdog."

 

            The first-year coach said it's not his job to worry about the point spread, and he won't let it influence the way he prepares his team.

 

             "I really don't care about all that," He said. "When (the spread) was brought up to me, it made me laugh. You know what, (the spread) doesn't mean anything."

 

            When asked by a reporter if the team believed it could play with the Seminoles, Robinson quickly corrected the journalist.

 

"It isn't about oh, we can play with them," Robinson said. "We can win. We're not going down there just to play with them, we're going down there to win the football game."

 

BYE BYE BYE

 

Syracuse is coming off a bye week, and Coach Robinson said the extra time will help his team against Florida State.

 

"It's been good for our team," He said. "I think we got into a rhythm (in practice). The bye week gave us an opportunity to grow and get better. Having four more practices without having to play a game, I like to think we're going to be improved."

 

This week's game is also the first time Robinson and his team will play a road game since he took over as head coach. Robinson said he is excited to hit the road.

 

"I like to think we're ready to venture out, be road warriors," Robinson said.

 

Robinson and his team certainly aren't easing themselves into road competition. Florida State's Doak S. Campbell Stadium has long been one of the toughest places to play in the country. Head Coach Bobby Bowden has won nearly 90% of his home games at the over 80,000 capacity stadium.

 

"I think it's obviously a great venue," Robinson said. "A lot of tradition. To me, it's why you go on the road and play, to go in somebody's backyard like that. I think it's great."

 

He said the team will do some special things this week to prepare for the hostile environment.

 

"We're going to do things in practice to create as much game like situations as we can," Robinson said. "There will be some crowd noise things. There will (also) be no huddle situations (practiced)."

 

INJURY UPDATE

 

It looks like Syracuse will be without its leading receiver when it travels to Florida State. Tight end Joe Kowalewski-who caught a career-high nine balls for 98 yards and a touchdown against Virginia-hurt his shoulder during the game. Robinson said he doesn't expect Kowalewski to play this week.

 

"He's still sore," Robinson said.  "He caught some balls in practice, but I'd put him in the questionable to doubtful mode, he's not going to practice (the rest of the week)."

 

            Syracuse will also be without senior tackle Kurt Falke for the second straight week. Falke hasn't played since he hurt his knee on a freak play during the Buffalo game. He caught a deflected pass and was tackled for an eight yard loss.

 

            "Kurt Falke is making a lot of progress," Robinson said. "But he's not ready to go right now.

 

            Robinson said sophomore Carroll Madison will start in Falke's place as he did against Virginia.

 

            HOMECOMING

 

            Coach Robinson is bringing injured receiver Landel Bembo to Tallahassee with the team. Bembo is out for the year with a broken leg he suffered during preseason practice. It's not normal for injured players to travel with the team, but Robinson is making an exception because Tallahassee is Bembo's home town.

 

            "We're going to let Landel get down there and see his family," Robinson said. "It's been a tough year for him, so he's going to be on the sidelines with us."


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