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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Live blogging Gene Chizik's press conference

It's all over. Here's what he said.
  • "It's going to be a great challenge for us and it's going to be a great measuring stick for us moving forward and getting ready for conference play."
  • On Clemson QB Kyle Parker: "Very, very poised He's got all the things you look for in a pro quarterback." He makes the right throws, has a great touch on the deep ball. "You can tell he's been doing it and loves the game. He really manages the team well."
  • Chizik started as a GA at Clemson. "It was kind of one of those unique times. I was a high school football coach and Danny Ford gave me the opportunity. Just right place, right time."
  • Nothing new on Lee Ziemba or Mario Fannin. "I don't think the status has changed."
  • On Mike Dyer: "Just watching him carry the football in game day in traffic, he doesn't look uptight or nervous in any type of way. He just runs really natural. ... He's just really assumed his role up to this point."
  • Will his role expand? "I think circumstances in the game will determine that. We certainly feel confident enough for that to happen."
  • On Clemson: "They've done a great job of recruiting, especially at the skill positions."
  • "They lost some guys to the NFL Draft, but they've got a lot of great athletes."
  • Clemson is like an SEC team. "Both on the field and kind of the venue, where they play and the fan base and things of that nature."
  • Clemson hasn't played anybody yet. "We're anticipating them showing a lot more. At the end of the day, they'll still come down to base things. The nuts and bolts of what they do is going to be in place."
  • He encourages the fans to come out for GameDay. "It's should be exciting for our students. It's big. Not everybody gets that opportunity."
  • He reiterated his stance that Cam Newton has to be smart about running the ball. "He's got to be him and he's got to do what's natural to him, as long as he protects the ball and doesn't put the offense in any kind of jeopardy."
  • Thought Brandon Mosley did well in place of Lee Ziemba. "I thought he came in and helped our football team win. You'd like to see him play much better, but he didn't flinch."
  • On Newton's improvising. "We always talk about playing in the constraints of the offense. But you've got to let him do what he is."
  • On Clemson's defense. "Very good. Very talented. A very physical defense. But a lot of similarities between that defense and what we're going to see in this league."
  • "Offensively we've got to be more productive than the last time we played. Our coaches know that. Our players know that. ... We've got our work cut out for us."
  • Pressure is the key against Parker. "If he sits back there and passes the ball and has his choice, it's going to be a long night."
  • Has seen signs of improvement in the front part of the defense. Still not entirely pleased. "We're pleased with some of the outcome with our defense at this point, but we're not satisfied at this point at all."
  • "I think he's done a fantastic job. I know that they went to the ACC championship last year, and I think that's enough said."

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