Larry Fedora said there are more designed quarterback runs in the offense with Marquise Williams taking over as the starter.
Larry Fedora said there are more designed quarterback runs in the offense with Marquise Williams taking over as the starter.
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Larry Fedora Wednesday Quotes
Release: 11/13/2013

Larry Fedora addressed the media on Wednesday’s ACC Football Coaches Teleconference. 

“I am looking forward to getting this team on the road and going to our next ACC game. We are ready to take on [Pitt]. Paul Chryst and his staff and have prepared a team that is playing really well with a lot of confidence right now and just had a signature win over Notre Dame. So we know they’re going to be well prepared and very confident in what they’re doing and so we have to play a very good football game to be successful.”

On use of Marquise Williams early in the season:

“What we were doing with Marquise was he brought an added dimension that we didn’t have with Bryn (Renner) to the offense, and that just would open up things in the run game with Marquise. We knew he could throw the football. We knew he was a complete quarterback but we just utilized the things that Bryn didn’t have in the offense, and so it also enabled us, we knew if something happened in the future, we needed to get him some reps because he hadn’t had meaningful reps all of last year.”

On if Williams starting has changed the offense:

“A little bit so. The only thing that is really different is we’ve added a few quarterback runs in the offense that we didn’t do unless he was in the game earlier in the year.”

On Williams’ play in his first two starts (at Virginia Tech and vs. Virginia):

“We were really pleased with the way he managed the game and he’s done a good job of taking care of the football. All we’re asking of our quarterback is to take care of the football and then also just manage the offense, and that means to distribute the ball where it’s supposed to go according to what the defense gives you, don’t force things, and I think he’s done a good job of moving the chains.”

On the biggest difference with team in three-game win streak:

“I think our defense is . . .  not giving up a big play. That’s what they’re doing. Even if they do give up a play, they’ve found a way to force a team to kick field goals. That’s something that they’re starting to take a lot of pride in, and that’s just assignment discipline. It’s knowing my job, doing my job, not trying to do too much and get myself out of position.”

On if a switch was flipped to inspire better defensive play:

“I think if you’re looking for a certain point, I would say probably in the Miami game that they started realizing, if we just do our job, just do my job and count on the guy next to me, that he’s going to do his job, then the defense is set up where good things are going to happen. Then, I only have to make the plays that come my way.”

On a potential bowl game with two more wins this year given the ban in 2012:

“I haven’t put a whole lot of thought into it, because we’ve been really focusing on just being 1-0 each week, and that’s where our focus has been. But, it does a lot. It does a lot for your program. It does a lot for your fan base. It does a lot for the players. It does a lot for everybody involved, with extra practices and just the positive feeling around the program.”

On the ability of tight end Eric Ebron to help a new starting quarterback:

It makes it really nice for a quarterback, because you know you’ve just got to get the ball somewhere around him and he’s going to make plays for you. I thought Virginia did a really good job of focusing on Eric, and making sure that they tried to take Eric away from us. You can do that. It’s possible to do, but it means somebody else is going to have the opportunity to make plays. It opened up running game for us quite a bit and enabled some other receivers to make some plays for us.

On what teams do to take Ebron out of the game plan:

“I think what they do is they start focusing on him and they’re usually going to use a couple of guys to do that, either bracket him or double him, whatever you want to call it, whether it be a linebacker and a safety or a nickel guy and a safety. They’re going to, a lot of times, they’re going to bracket him one way or the other, and usually it’s going to be two guys that have their eyes on him.”

On Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald and how to keep him out of backfield:

“That’s a good question. He’s a one-man wrecking crew. The guy’s all over the place. Paul and his staff have done such a great job with him, because they don’t just have him lined up at the left tackle. He’s left tackle, right tackle, he’s at the nose, he’s played at the right end, at the left end. They move him all over the place. They do a really god job with him and they put him in position to make plays, and the guy comes through. For a big guy like he is, he’s quick as a cat. He can move. He’s like a skilled athlete but in a big body, and he’s just got a knack and he plays hard. Wow, what a great player.”

On preparing for Donald as compared to South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney:

“The only difference is, [Donald] usually starts out on the inside and then moves outside. But they still move him around quite a bit. I think he’s that same kind of player. He has that same kind of impact on a game.”

On impressions of the Pitt Panthers:

“First of all, the (Tom) Savage kid can really spin the ball. He’s a big guy. When that ball is thrown it’s got a lot of velocity on it. He can get in there so he can throw it into small windows. So, you’ve got to do a great job with your coverage and you’ve got to get pressure on him. I think their offensive line is doing a really good job. The running back is a good player. They’ve got the true freshman wide receiver, the (Tyler) Boyd kid, who’s making plays all over the place. All of that, the combination of the run and the throw creates a problem for you because they seem to be balanced. They’re going to get you with the play-action passes when you start trying to stop the run.

You go over there on their defense and like I said it before, the Donald kid’s a one-man wrecking crew, but he’s not the only player they’ve got over there. That’s the other thing, but he is a guy that stands out. When you turn on the film, it doesn’t take you long to go, ‘Wow, who’s 97?’ He makes it very difficult because they’re moving around all the time with him.”

On preparing to play in an NFL stadium:

“The only thing that’s really different is the markings on the field. The width is the same, the length is the same, but you do have different markings on the field. Sometimes you’re going to still see the pro hashes that are painted from before and the numbers are a little bit different with the tic marks out there where the college numbers are. The only thing we do is we actually paint our practice field that way so the guys in their alignments and the receivers and all those things feel a little bit more comfortable with it.”

On what caused the team to go in the proper direction from when they were 1-5:

“First of all, we have a very sound philosophy as a coaching staff and as a team, and so when things aren’t going well, what you do is you don’t just make changes. That’s what everybody on the outside wants is, ‘Hey, you need to do this, you need to do that.’ Really, all we did was stay the course. We kept doing the same things. We kept the kids believing. Our staff did a great job of keeping these kids believing in each other and what was going on and what we were doing. If you keep doing that and the kids see from the leadership from the staff and the team leaders, that we’re doing the right things we’ve just got to make more plays, eventually the light comes on and it starts happening. Then you’re able to say, ‘Hey, you see what we’re talking about?’ and they realize that and your team just grows stronger and stronger from that point.”

On what he’d like to see from Marquise Williams going forward:

“The number one thing we want to see out of Marquise is, we want him to see him take care of the football. That gives us a chance in every game. If we take care of the football and don’t turn the football over, we’ve got a chance to win a football game. That’s number one. If he does that, and then he just manages the game. We’re not asking him to do anything special. Stay within the offense and take what the defense gives you. It may not always be what you want. Take what they give you, check the ball down when you’re supposed to, you distribute the ball where it’s supposed to go, you don’t force things, then we have a chance to have success.”



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