Grobe Press Conference

Grobe Press Conference

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Grobe Press Conference

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 Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe held his weekly press conference where he discussed this week’s Atlantic Division title contest against Clemson.

On Wake Forest controlling its own destiny in the Atlantic Division… 

“Certainly you would like to be in a position to do that. We’ve played well enough in the ACC so far to give ourselves a chance, but we know that we have a great challenge down in Death Valley” 

On Clemson’s speed… 

“It’s amazing really. Every week we’re playing really good football teams, but their foot-speed stands out.” 

On playing in Death Valley… 

“We’ve played well a couple of times there, and we’ve played poorly a couple of times. I think two years ago we played really poorly down there, so we know we have to bring our best game to have a chance. The crowd is tough, and their players certainly like playing at home. It’s a great environment for the home team and a really tough environment for the visitors. I think sometimes it pumps everybody up. I think the best team’s that we’ve ever had enjoyed playing in those types of environments, and hopefully our guys will go down there and play well, but I don’t think there’s any question that Clemson’s players get an extra kick out of playing in front of that home crowd” 

On the mindset of the team coming off of back-to-back losses… 

“We’re disappointed, but not down. I think we know that we still have a lot of good things to play for. I think we’re very disappointed in the opportunity that we lost Saturday night (against Notre Dame). We had a great chance to beat a really good football team and didn’t get it done. So we’re not great mentally from the standpoint of being happy about the way that we played the past couple weeks, but at the same time, we know that we can play better and we know we have to this week.” 

On looking ahead to the matchup with Clemson… 

“Well, Notre Dame was a disappointing loss, but practice yesterday went really well. The coaches have a great game plan for us this coming weekend, and we know that Clemson is going to be a tough place to play.  They’re a tough team, but we’re confident and we’re going to go up in there and execute as well as we possibly can.” 

On still having a potential ACC Championship to play for…

“Obviously if we can win against Clemson the ACC Championship is still alive. It’s a very important game this weekend and I think both teams realize that. Clemson’s definitely going to give us all that they’ve got and we’re going to do the same.”

 On Clemson’s defense… 

“They really get after the ball and they’re very athletic. We trust in the coaches’ game plan and we’re going to do the best that we can to score points.” 

On playing in Death Valley… 

“It’s obviously really loud. When I took a visit there, it was just unbelievable. There’s no place quite like it. I’m excited to go down there and have the opportunity to play a team as great as Clemson in their home stadium.”

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