"We've got a big game coming up off of an open week coming this week. Georgia Tech coming into the Tar Pit will be a tough team to defend with the triple option and everything that they bring offensively so we worked extensively against that this past week and this week to put together a great game plan and give our guys a chance to win a football game so we're excited about it."
On the bye week before the Georgia Tech game:
"I typically don't like an off week this late in the season. I prefer it a little earlier in the year. You go 13 straight weeks of football and your guys get really worn down, but it came at a good time before Georgia Tech. It give us a little bit of extra time against the triple option which is always nice."
What is the key to defending the triple option?
"It is assignment discipline. You have got to know your job and you've got to do your job and you don't worry about doing somebody else's job. You just do your job and it sounds easier than it is, I can assure you, because it's hard to duplicate the speed of a game in practice. First of all, your scout team guys are not going to be good at running the triple option offense and they're not going to be nearly as fast doing it so you get into the game and usually there is a period early, especially, that your defense has to adjust to the speed of the game of defending it."
Do you worry about motivation for the team heading into the final month of the season without the prospect of going to a bowl?
"No I really don't. If anything now, to me, you're more motivated because you actually see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's coming quickly and it's going to be over with and you're going to be right back into winter conditioning and all those things and there is not a lot of fun to that, so you got three opportunities to have fun and you better enjoy and cherish every aspect of it."
Do you since any frustration from the team considering they would be in prime position to win the Coastal Division?
"No. I sense that our goal is to win the Coastal division and we are still within reach of our goal so I think they're excited about that. I think that they know that we really control our own destiny if we take care of our business so I think the main focus for these two weeks has been Georgia Tech."
Any thoughts on the NCAA-related records being released today?
"From my understanding everything that is being released the NCAA already had before they ruled on our case so there is nothing new for the NCAA. There will be things that come out that will be new to the public and there is nothing we can do about that. That is just the way that it is, but for our football team, for me, for our coaching staff we said from the beginning we're not looking backwards. We're not going to look at what happened. We're not going to worry about what happened. We're just worried about the future and that's what we're going to do. For us, there is nothing new NCAA-wise so we don't have anything to worry about."
Why do you think Gio Bernard still seems to be a bit off the radar as far as major awards discussions?
"I think because of when it's happening during the season. I think that probably has something to do with it, because it happened a little bit later in the season. You have something like that happen early in the season and your name pops out there immediately. I can promise you his name will be in all of them for next year. I can assure you that."
So are you expecting Bernard to come back next season?
"Right now I am. Why would I think any differently?"
How does the role of the secondary change against an option offense?
"It definitely changes, because they're involved now in the scheme and the running game on every play and they have to be very disciplined with their assignments, because you can't just totally commit to the run, because they next thing you know you do that and they play-action you and they throw it over your heads so those guys have to do a great job with their eyes and they have to, again, be very disciplined. That's what this offense does to you. It makes teams be probably a little simpler and definitely more disciplined."
What have you seen from Georgia Tech's defense since the coaching change at defensive coordinator?
"What I've see is they've probably simplified. It's not like they're doing a whole lot different than what they were doing, but it looks like they're a little simpler, looks like they're just letting their guys play, their guys know what they're doing and they're just playing and playing hard."
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