In Dabo's Words: 'We're 4-0 and we know how to win'

'We played outstanding in all three aspects of the game. I’m really pleased with the growth'

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks to his team during a timeout against Wake Forest.

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks to his team during a timeout against Wake Forest.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney

"What a great team win. We played a complete game for all four quarters. There were no lulls in our play. We played a ton of guys and they played to our standard of excellence. Our team is growing and improving. We played outstanding in all three aspects of the game. I’m really pleased with the growth, and it was just a great day for our football team.

“We’re 4-0 and we know how to win. I also appreciate the fans. They create an incredible atmosphere. I can’t thank them enough.”

On the play of D.J. Howard: “He had a great run, and that cut (on the touchdown pass) made a few guys miss. He’s one of the fastest guys we have, so when he gets into open space there aren’t a lot of guys who can catch him.”

On the maturation of the defense: “Our defense has improved greatly, starting with the second half of last season and it has carried over to now. They are playing sound, fundamental football. Our defense is giving our offense the ball. They’re doing a tremendous job, hats off to them. They’re playing with that next guy up mentality, which is what you need when you play a lot of guys like we did today. We talked about forcing turnovers and they responded with two today. I have a lot of confidence in those guys.”

On the play of Bashaud Breeland: “Breeland is playing at another level right now. He’s back to the confidence that he showed during his freshman year. He is our most consistent guy in the secondary, and has shown great leadership.”

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe

“Clemson just made plays.The pace of the game was very fast and they made a lot of big plays.We tried our best to minimize the big plays, but unfortunately they made a lot of them. They have got really good players, and my biggest disappointment of today was that we did not play good fundamental football. If you aren’t fundamentally sound against a team like Clemson it can come back to bite you, and the score shows that. The thing is…you can play fundamentally sound football and still give up a lot of points against a team like Clemson.

"The only blessing that I could see today is that we got the chance to play a bunch of young guys and get them some experience.”

On Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: “The most impressive thing about him is how much he has progressed since he has been at Clemson. He protects the football and does a great job throwing the ball and scrambling when he needs to.”

On Tanner Price remaining as Wake's starting quarterback: “He is definitely still our starting quarterback. There are times that we would love to have back with Tanner when he made some mistakes, but he will learn from them and come back better. There were a lot of times he didn’t have any help. I thought our offensive line was poor today which affected Tanner’s performance.”

On Wake's next game against N.C. State: "It is a huge game, and it is a must win like every other game. If we play like we did today against Clemson, we will not win another game on our schedule. In order to be successful and come out with a win next week we have to play disciplined and fundamentally sound football. We have always been a team that has played really hard, and I thought we played hard today, but we have to play better next week.”

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Wake always plays hard but a lot of the time that's not enough. And it wasn't close to being enough yesterday. Clemson has a bunch of 4 star guys out there and Wake has a bunch of 2 star guys out there. Our 4 star guys are a lot better players than their 2 star players and they always have been and always will be. We have all these good players because WE ARE CLEMSON. We play in a football stadium that holds 84,000 fans and it's full generally every Saturday. That has a lot to do with why we got better players than they do. Wake's a wonderful little academic type school, but we are a wonderful big, football and academic school. Don't feel sorry for them. It's not like they have never beaten us in anything before!!!

lhaselden writes:

And they will beat us again.... They need to strike gold on some OLs.. but they get player like Nikita who could start for any team in the country... he is tough, strong and a play maker... a big statement for a nose guard... best I have seen since Fridge!
Their OL has been a struggle for 2 years but they will put it together and be a tough out again.

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