Sunday West Virginia Practice Quotes

Sunday West Virginia Practice Quotes

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Sunday West Virginia Practice Quotes

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By Staff Report.

West Virginia practiced today for one hour and 45 minutes at Barry University. The Mountaineers practiced in shorts and partial pads under clear skies and a temperature of 77 degrees.  The team moved their 2:30 p.m. practice ahead half an hour and began practice at 2:00 p.m.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen:

On preparations for the game…
“We’ve been practicing a lot and we’re ready to play. We didn’t want to over practice, but we’re at a point now where the guys are looking at us and saying, “enough’s enough, when are we going to play the game?,” so we’re going to have a good team dinner tonight and a basketball game tomorrow night and then it’s time to play.”

On the loss of Dustin Garrison…
“It’s disappointing to not have Dustin. If we’d have given him the ball more throughout the course of the year he’d probably better than he is right now. He’s really been developing and he’s a great kid. But Shawne Alston gives us a lot of maturity as he has all year and Andrew Buie  looks as good as he has all year, so between the two, we’ll be o.k. We’ll start Shawne, he’s the guy who’s been playing all year and has done a good job for us and Buie’s a guy that played a lot early and just got hurt, and between the two we can do everything that we want to do.”

On how Garrison’s injury occurred…
“[The injury was] non-contact. There was no contact what-so-ever and he just planted wrong. It’s just one of those deals that happens. It’s unfortunate, but we have to move on. “

On the team’s energy level…
“They know they’re going to get energy when they need me to get energy. I’m low key and relaxed when things are going the way we need them to go and if things aren’t going the way we want them to, they know exactly what’s coming.”

On the atmosphere of bowl games…
“That’s the thing about bowl games, you have to enjoy all the festivities. But when it’s time to meet you need to meet, when it’s time to focus on football you have to hit the field and you need to be able to eliminate everything else that’s going on. But you can’t focus on football for 18 hours a day – that doesn’t focus in a game week back home and it’s not going to happen during a bowl week. It’s all about focusing when it’s time to focus.”

Running Backs Coach Robert Gillespie:

On the loss of Dustin Garrison…
“It doesn’t change anything. Obviously, there’s some things that Dustin did better than some of the other guys, but as a while, we’re still going to do what we’ve planned on doing. I’m excited for Shawne’s [Alston] role to expand and for Buieto get a chance to play.”

On Andrew Buie…
“He’s a kid that we have a lot of confidence in. He worked his way up the depth chart coming out of fall camp and he’s a kid that has progressed and got better every week and it’s his time to make plays and we’re confident that he will.”

On Garrison coming back from his injury..
“It can be a tough road. But I talked to him right after his injury and told him about some situations and players I’ve played with in the past and the ones that came back from it were the ones who were focused and mentally tough and that’s what Dustin is. I have no doubt he’ll do everything he needs to do to get back.”

Tyler Radar, offensive lineman:

On Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie…
“Buie’s a hard runner, I love blocking for Buie. He runs hard, hits the holes hard and he’s fun to play for. And Shawne’s just a tank, you know how he runs the ball.”

Will Clarke, defensive end:

On trying to have fun while keeping their goal in mind…
“Every time we [D-line and defense] go on the field, we say, “let’s go out there and have fun.” We’re supposed to have fun during the game, but we know we have a job to do so we just try to have fun doing our job.”

On getting 10 wins this season…
“It’s very important. We play the game to win. It’s no fun losing.”

On Jeno Smith (West Virginia QB) and Tajh Boyd (Clemson QB)…
“They’re agile; both can throw the ball well, so they’re pretty similar actually.”

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