Clemson's Dabo Swinney
On Virginia: They're a good looking football team, a lot of talent on this team, a lot of young talent. They're really competing very hard. I know their record is not what they want, but make no mistake, this is a football team that I think is a lot closer than people think.
"Offensively I think they're starting to come into form. Their quarterback is playing very well, coming off a really good game against Georgia Tech. Got good skill guys, really big in the offensive line and tight ends.
"Defensively, they're very young but very talented. They've got a couple of guys that just jump out at you on tape at linebacker, at safety, and the defensive line. So for us it's just about trying to continue to find ways to win and approaching it as the biggest game of the year, and we've got an open date coming up next week, so try to do everything we can to really empty our tank and play our best game this weekend."
On the rarity of meetings between the Tigers and Cavaliers, who won't play again until 2020: "That is kind of unusual. We played them here, I guess last time was in maybe '09, I think. We played them up there in '08, played them here in '09. So playing them now, and yes, it's kind of unusual to be that long. But I'll tell you what, they've got a lot of young talent on this football team that I think over the next couple years they'll be a real force in that side of the conference."
On the relationship between quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and David Watford, who are both from Hampton, Va. and played against each other in high school: "I know Tajh knows him because we actually talked about him yesterday. I was just telling him how impressed I was with him and his potential and his ability. But we didn't have a long, detailed discussion about their background, but he said he knows him."
On Virginia wide receiver Tim Smith: "He's really become kind of the go to guy, and you can tell that he's confident, he's kind of taken ownership of that position. He's a return guy for them, as well, and I think he's having a heck of a year for them. He has made some huge plays as of late."
Virginia's Mike London
On Clemson: "They're a very explosive offense because of the surrounding cast (Tajh Boyd) he has around him. Sammy Watkins is a dynamic player, stretches the field vertically. Every time he touches the ball he has the capability of going the distance. The running back, McDowell, is another very good player. Humphries, the other wide receiver. They're elements of their offense. I know Tajh has always been a very good player for them, kind of distributes the ball, does some things himself.
"They've got some weapons on offense. They move the ball. They're scoring points. In the tough games they're playing, they still have the ability to rely on the defense that gets the ball back to them."
On the talent coming out of the Tidewater Virginia area; "I'm from the Tidewater area. Tajh went to Phoebus High School. I went to Taft High School and Bethel High School. My dad is Air Force retired 30 years. I know the area well. I know there will be a large following coming up to see Tajh as well as some of our players on our team. It's been an area that's been very productive with players that have gone all over the country, but particularly going to the two in state schools."
On the play of WR Tim Smith and the development of Virginia's receivers: "We made the receiver switch because we weren't pleased with the production and things that were going on. Kind of felt there was some complacency coming from that particular group. I can point out Tim and Darius Jennings as two individuals that decided to step their game up.
"Tim has always been a vertical threat stretch type of guy. He had a career game this past game. I think it's amazing how when your college career is about to come to end, the sense of urgency some men have about the sense of finality about the situation. I'm not saying he turned a corner because of that. You always try to appeal to the competitive part of individuals. Fighting for the ball, blocking on the perimeter, all those things I think Tim has done a really nice job of encapsulating what he wants to be remembered for when he's done playing here."
On the increased roll the passing game is playing in Virginia's offense: "I guess I'm trying to say you do whatever it takes to win the game. Obviously, going into last week's game, defensively, (Georgia Tech) is in the top 20, 25 in total defense, and doing an excellent job stopping the run by bringing safeties down in the box.
"You want to take advantage, or whatever opportunities present itself, to be successful. As we went on in that game, some of the opportunities were those matches and those pass patterns that Darius and Tim were able to catch.
"I believe you have to be able to run the ball in order to control the clock. But as this game played out, we had to throw the ball. We had some success doing it."