In Dabo's Words...
“We responded and our defense made some great stops and forced some turnovers. We've been a very good third-down defensive team, and a good red-zone defensive team...More players got some time on the field. We have been making improvements and can apply what we learned, but we are 3-0 and that’s right where we want to be.”
On the return of Sammy Watkins and his rushing touchdown: “It was like he just shot out of a cannon. It was a thing of beauty. He is a special player and it doesn’t take long to find him on the field. He is electric.”
On Clemson's defensive improvement: "We were very charitable in the first half, but at the end of the day we only gave up one touchdown. Furman's first drive was the most frustrating because they didn't do anything we hadn't practiced. But the guys rallied and we started getting stops. But if you bust, teams are going to make you pay. We've given up two touchdowns on absolute, complete busts, and we've got to get that corrected."
On Clemson's fan support: “It was a great environment to play in today. You turn on TV, and at lot of places you see a lot of empty seats when teams play (FCS) opponents. To have a record crowd for this type of game is just awesome."
On the play of quarterback Tajh Boyd: “He looks like an experienced quarterback...He got a lot of playing time last year...The season starts tomorrow. We can’t be looking in our rearview mirror. It’s all about the next game - and we have a long way to go.”
On other players who stood out Saturday: “Rashard Hall played well, and Tony Steward wanted to play and brought energy to the field. We can grow from there. Jaron Brown was clutch in the ball game. He kept drives going and opened up scoring opportunities.”
On Clemson's punters: "Not many teams have two punters that can boot it over 60 yards. (Bradley) Pinion is only a freshman, and it will be so good to have him around. We could take 40-yard plays all day long.”
On Furman quarterback Reese Hannon: "He's a good player, and a Clemson kid - from a Clemson family. I know he was thrilled to play in Death Valley. He's a winner - a young player who came into a tough environment and scrapped his tail off the whole game."
On next week’s game at Florida State: “This is going to be big boy football. It’s a tough place to go and win. This is an important week for us, and we need to play our best game of the season. It’s a big challenge, but I look forward to it."