Alabama week: Frank Beamer press conference transcript

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FRANK BEAMER OPENING STATEMENT

“Alabama’s really done something special. I never thought there’d be a team that would be as dominating for as many years as they have. I never thought that would happen again in college football. Limitation of scholarships, things are so much equal, I think they’ve done a tremendous job. They’ve done a tremendous job in their recruiting and then they coach them. Really a special program and what they’ve done I think is really special. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

ON HAVING TO PROVE THEMSELVES

Frank Beamer

“However it’s come around, we’ve got a lot of young players playing. That’s making the trip. I think they’re the best team we’ve ever played. That counts all those Miami teams and Florida State teams and Southern Cal team when they won the championship. When you look at this team overall, I think they’re the best that we’ve ever played. Can really run the football but have the ability to… got play makers outside. Defensively they’ve been great for a while. Then special teams, they’re really good there. I think it’s just a matchup that at this particular time to start the season we’re young and they’re experienced. That’s just the way it is.”

BENEFITS OF LOEFFLER AND GRIMES AGAINST BAMA

“They’re familiar with Alabama, but it still gets back to the people you have on the field. Knowing what they do when you’ve got players like Alabama, they just do it. I think there’s a certain advantage as far as knowledge. But they’ve got those great defensive guys across the line of scrimmage from you.”

ADJUSTING TO THE NEW WEEKLY PREP SCHEDULE

“I think I’m going to like it. It’s throwing it off as far as how I usually prepared the kicking part of it. In reality next week we’ll be putting in the kicking part today. In the meetings before practice. After kind of going through it… I like the fact that you take care of Saturday’s game on Sunday. And then that’s done with and whatever happened, now we’re looking forward to the next opponent and going there. I like to be quite honest with you that you have a complete day uninterrupted for game plan. In the end I’m going to like it fine.”

WHAT DID A&M AND LSU EXPLOIT AGAINST BAMA

“It gets down to execution and taking care of the football, don’t give up long plays on defense, win the kicking game battles. To me it’s as simple as that, but it’s as complex as that too. Because that’s not an easy thing to do against a team like Alabama, but I think we know what we need to do. ”

IS THERE ANY WORRY ABOUT BEING INTIMIDATED

“I think you look at the reality of it, I think it’s going to be a great evaluation for us. How we perform in that setting. How 27 freshman, if they get in the ballgame, how they responded in that setting. I think it’s going to be a great evaluation for us. I’ve always said every year at this time I said alright let’s find out where we are and let’s get better from there and that’s exactly the way I feel about this one.”

ON STANFORD BEING AHEAD OF COLES ON DEPTH CHART

“It’s Coles there. Coles hurt himself a little bit the other day but he’s back OK. So Coles should be listed first and Stanford second but both of them is going to play a lot.”

UPDATE ON CHARLEY MEYER

“We’ll put that out on Thursday, I think that’s when the training staff releases the final deal. ”

IMPORTANCE OF AN EARLY LEAD

“I think the lead any time against Alabama would be good. I’d welcome that. I think how the game starts early, that’s always important, that sets the tone for the game. Taking care of the football, as I mentioned earlier, I think that’s critical in this ball game. They’ve got a way of putting pressure on you. Taking care of the ball is going to be really important. To me it’s manage the game, be good in the kicking game, don’t turn the ball over, take advantage of your opportunities offensively, and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

PUTTING PERSPECTIVE ON THIS GAME

“Where I really think we are right now, when you look at the big picture, we’re going to go out and play as hard as we can. Every game is important to win. But where we really are as a football program with all these young people playing and some of the injuries that’s come around, we need to make sure we’re good when we start conference play. That’s to me that’s kind of where we are. We’ve got some nonconference games here early and we can grow as a football team, and every one of them is important, don’t get me wrong. Just where we are as a team, the reality of it is we’re going to play a lot of young guys and we’ve got to bring them along. Most of our receivers, Knowles and Coles have been in games before, but most of the others haven’t been there. It’s going to be a growing process that’s for sure.”

IMPORTANCE FOR LOGAN TO SET A TONE FOR THE YEAR

“I don’t worry about Logan I’ll be honest with you. I think he’s got things under control, he’s intelligent on the field, he’s calm on the field, he’s in control on the field. I think he’s probably learned from last year to take care of the football. I think it’s the people around Logan, that’s the real issue right here and how they play. How we protect and how we run the football and how we catch the football. I think that’s the real issues right there.”

DO SPECIAL TEAMS HAVE TO WORK OUT KINKS AS WELL

“I think that’s where you see a lot of games turn particularly early in the year. When you haven’t been out there against another football team and done your kickoff coverage or your punt coverage or your punt protection, field goal protection. Watching on Thursday night and count how many games turned on the kicking game. I think those are the ones that can change the most from start to finish.”

ON IDENTIFYING HOW A GAME WILL GO

“I don’t think it takes long to figure out what kind of game it’s going to be. Adjustments usually come after every series for sure at half time. I think it’s pretty simple to see which game the game is going.”

UPDATE ON JC COLEMAN AND COMFORT WITH CHRIS MANGUS

“JC we’ll have the final report on him on Thursday also. Mangus I think in the last scrimmage he ran extremely hard, he’s got speed. He’s got real speed, he can go. We’ve got a lot of confidence in him. Last year I can tell you we’d always get together and talk at night and of course he was on the offensive scout team and I can’t tell you the number of times that the defensive coaches were talking about how good they thought Mangus was going to be. He’s got talent.”

ON WHAT HE’S TELLING THE PLAYERS

“I tell our players that they’re probably the best football team that we’ve ever played. I tell the players that we’ve had some injuries. But how often do you get a chance to play the best team in the country? I mean how many times do you wake up in the morning and have that opportunity? And it’s a good thing the game is not decided by… it’s not always who should win it’s who does win. I said earlier we’re going in to every game with the idea it’s important, let’s win it. This one is no exception. And that’s the way we’re going to approach it. I would think our players are looking forward to the challenge and it is a challenge. Mistake free game we’ve got to play. The aggressiveness and relentless we’ve got to play with. That’s what it’s going to take to win this football game. But to answer your question though we’re not conceding anything now, we’re not going down that path.”

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  1. LIke I have said before,.. the only thing I will despite about a loss is that at the end of the year, it will just be additional information or ammunition when people trot out VT’s record against top 5 opponents. IT will be taken out of context without any perspective. An un-ranked team SHOULD lose to the no. 1 dynasty in the country. Hell, most teams outside the top 10 should lose… but if we lose, it will be 2-and 100 against top 5 teams and people will be critical. but they will forget the perspective.

    1. But, who cares? In many cases the top 5 teams we have lost to were not top five, they were the national champion. And, in many cases their score was less than most of the other teams they played that year and/or our team’s score was more than most of the other teams they played.

      I don’t care what other people are saying … all anyone should ask of a group of college students is four things

      1) show
      2) play your best, give the game every ounce of your strength
      3) never quit till the clock reads 00:00 in the second half.
      4) if you team loses then offer to shake the hand of your opponent first.

      While winning keeps the coaches employed, it’s how you play the game. Only 14 or so teams will have an opportunity to play Bama this year as they defend their national title. Win or lose that is a great opportunity.

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