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November 11, 2015FootballClemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney - Post Florida St. Quotes

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November 11, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

OPENING STATEMENT:

“I’m really proud of our team and how they competed last weekend in a hard fought battle with Florida State. To be 9-0 for only the third time in the history of this school is really a great accomplishment for these guys. For us, it’s just back on the road heading up to Syracuse. This is a trip that our guys look forward to. That’s one of the neat things about college football is that these guys get to travel and see different parts of the country that they haven’t seen. It’s a great place to play a ball game. It is a good experience, a facility with a lot of tradition. It gets loud in there. We know we’re going to have to play well. They are 3-2 at home. They’re a tough team and have a tough crowd.”

Q. On playing at Syracuse:

“Well we need to manage the noise up there. It is loud because it’s indoors and they are right on top of you. It’s similar to NC State, but there’s a roof. So that’s the biggest thing. They are a prideful bunch at home. They haven’t had the type of year that they wanted to have (3-6), but they have had a ton of injuries and these guys play hard. There is no lack of effort. They present challenges. Offensively, they have the ability to score. They played Florida State tough into the second half in Tallahassee.”

Q. On Syracuse’s punt returner:

Brisly Estime averages 19 yards per punt return so he’s a really good player. We need to punt the ball effectively and get our guys down there and leverage the ball and get him on the ground. We have done a nice job of that. We haven’t had many punt return issues. Estime is their allpurpose guy. He’s a kick return guy and a receiver. He’s a good player.

Q. On Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan wearing a Clemson helmet at his press conference today:

“I didn’t know that was going to happen. He’s crazy. He is hilarious. I love Rex Ryan because, he is who he is. How you perceive him, that’s how he is. He’s a real guy and he’s passionate about what he does. I’m really happy that they got a big win last week. One of our social media guys was showing me pictures from the Bills’ college practice they had last week. Rex was decked out in Clemson gear and of course all the Clemson guys were decked out in their gear. That was pretty neat.”

Q. On Seth Ryan: He’s a pretty good wideout too [as well as holder]. He’s smart. He can play any of the three positions. He’s fast and runs well and has great ball skills. He’s been a holder his whole life. He grew in training camps holding. There’s a skill to that and we recognized that quickly. He’s done a great job for us. He’s been a big part of the success we had on special teams. It’s nice to have a guy that we know we will have for a couple more years. And he can play any of the receiver positions. Speaking about special teams, I’ve been waiting all year to name Jim Brown as captain for the Syracuse game. When I said that to the team, I got nothing. Crickets. Is that not sad? That is sad that arguably the greatest running back of all time, they don’t know who he is. That’s unbelievable to me. So that will be neat to see our Jim Brown serve as game captain for the Tigers at Syracuse.”

 Q. On the fourth quarter vs. Florida State:

“Well, we were playing hard the whole game. I think we got stronger as the game went. We were able to get control of the trenches. That was the message at halftime. My message was that this game will come down to the trenches in the second half and it did. Championship football comes down to the trenches and having a great quarterback. Our quarterback and the guys in the trenches were phenomenal.”

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