Randy Edsall on Sammy Watkins: 'They just line him up and throw him the ball'

'That is the kind of effort you want all the time. We ended up losing the game, but I am proud of our guys'

Clemson's Quandon Christian chases Maryland's Caleb Rowe during the third quarter at Maryland.

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Clemson's Quandon Christian chases Maryland's Caleb Rowe during the third quarter at Maryland.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall

“I thought we had good effort out there today. We did not capitalize on some of the opportunities that we needed to in able to get over the hump and beat the number nine team in the nation. When you get those opportunities in a game like this, we need to take advantage of them. Give Clemson credit too. They are a good football team.”

On the defense’s effort and the red-zone stands: “I thought our defense did a good job of holding them to field goals. That happens because you are playing hard, running to the ball, and guys are taking care of their responsibilities. I did not think we tackled as well as we needed to early on. The field goals kept us in striking distance because we kept them out of the endzone. The one touchdown drive they had, we had a couple third downs where we just weren’t able to make a play and get off the field. That has been a bugaboo for us lately. They played hard. We came out in the second half and got two turnovers right off the bat. Matt Robinson did a good job. But then again, we gave up a couple plays there late.”

On Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins: “They just line him up and throw him the ball. They move him around. He is an outstanding talent. We knew that coming in. He is very dynamic. We tried to do the best that we could to contain him, but sometimes great players have good days. He had a good day today.”

On how the team responded with all the injuries from last week: “The approach I took was to encourage our guys to understand that we have complete faith in them in terms of what they can do. We decided to take some of the burden off the players. We slowed the game down. We tried to take as much time off the clock as we could. We only really had four receivers to go with today, so I knew we could not go up-tempo. We had to get them to understand that they could do the job. We talked all week long about playing as hard as we could and making it a 15-round fight. We needed to show that we had a lot of fight. We are proving that we are developing depth in our program. The guys know that the coaches believe in them. If they are on the field, we feel that they are going to get the job done. We preach that.”

On if the team proved they had a lot of fight: "'That is the kind of effort you want all the time. We ended up losing the game, but I am proud of our guys. We played hard under a tough situation. That is what you are supposed to do. That is what we coach.”

On quarterback Caleb Rowe and linebacker Cole Farrand: “Cole was out there and all over the place and again this is an offense that can put a lot of pressure on you. They can spread you out and throw the ball and they can also hand it off and run with Roderick McDowell at running back and they also give Tajh Boyd the ball to run with and he’s a big, strong, powerful guy and when your middle linebacker isn’t in there against the run he’s got a chance to make some plays and again, the same thing that happened with our defense. We tried to put together the plan we could. We weren’t sure on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, if Matt Robinson and Alex (Twine])would be available to us and so Abner (Logan) was in there, but then we saw that Matt and Alex were able to practice later on in the week, we were able to do some of the things that we wanted to do and it helped us with some of the matchups that we were going to have out there. But like I said, Cole, he’s playing with a cast on his hand out there giving everything that he has.

"Caleb, I thought he had some really good moments out there today and then again, I think there are some things yet that he’s still learning and we got to get him to learn a little bit quicker, down on the goal line there. There is man coverage and the safety had the back and he doesn’t key blitz it and he’s there, and he needs to use his eyes a little bit better to take him away from where he’s going and that guy did a good job of reading his eyes and went over and threw the pick. Then again, I thought he made some good throws and I thought, there for a point, in the fourth quarter he started to kind of step back and not step in to his throws, talked to him about it. Then he went back out there on those last couple of drives and really stood in there and did some good things. Again, he’s a young guy that will continue to get better. He has the ability to throw the football and again, we just got to continue to coach him and continue to understand.

"The biggest thing with Caleb is he’s got to understand he doesn’t need to win a game on one play. We’re working with him about just taking what the defense gives you. He got better at that today I felt, and that’s just something that were going to continue working with him on and talking to him about.”

On the team’s mentality with the number of injuries suffered: “It’s a good question. Let me say this, I would never say it publicly, because it’s I don’t know, maybe I’m so simple it’s too simple. We don’t have any control over these injuries and what happens. And when you don’t have control over it, how can you sit there and worry about things that you can’t control. But the things that we can control is we can control our attitude about how were going to approach adversity and I think that’s the biggest thing because whether its football, whether it’s life, adversity is going to set in. And when it does, it’s all on how you react to that adversity an if you don’t react in a positive way or if you as an individual say, ‘I got to do more,’ because of what’s taken place, then you’re not doing the things necessary to help your team overcome that adversity and things could always be worse.

"They could always be worse. But, you don’t worry about that. You just worry about the cards you’re dealt, how are we going to find a way to go out and win a football game. As a head coach, I got to make sure that I’m sending that message to our assistant coaches and then to the players, and then the assistant coaches, have to carry that message as well to our players. And that’s how you have to deal with it because someday, someday we’ll get the breaks that we hopefully maybe deserve. But, for me, if I approach it any other way then I’m doing a disservice to the players, to our institution, and really to myself because what we do here is we develop young men and yes we play a game, but I got to make sure that when these guys leave here and whatever they go into for the rest of their lives, I hope I’ve set an example on how to deal with adversity and what you have to do to overcome that instead of feeling sorry for yourself. And, you know, I think that’s just what it’s all about. And you just keep fighting, you keep working, and you keep doing the things necessary to overcome whatever comes your way. And to me, that’s the role and responsibility, first and foremost with the head football coach, which is me.”

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Comments » 4

33dtb writes:

....."Randy Edsall on Sammy Watkins: 'They just line him up and throw him the ball'...".....

That's IF we have rime to throw.......

smasbrown#290398 writes:

I think that was the only throw Tajh could make. Missed several easy throws. Maryland team is basically the second team of an unranked team and we struggled. Virginia want be a problem nor The Citadel but SC will do it again if no improvement.

lhaselden writes:

UVa's D has been playing pretty good at times.... their O is truggling not the D.

DahlonegaJoe writes:

Way to go Sammy.
While the commentators on TV were constantly bashing Clemson, they were heaping praise on Sammy.
Some great catches and runs.
Keep it up Sammy. Go Tigers

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