East Carolina week: Frank Beamer

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A transcript of Frank Beamer’s Monday teleconference.

Opening statement

We really have our work cut out for us this week. We’re talking about an offense that has scored 83 points in their two games. Their quarterback is hot. He’s got seven touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s completing 80 percent. They have some really skilled people who are really good. They won seven of their last eight games at home. They have eight returners on offense and eight returners on defense. They are an experienced, good, explosive team. They are tough on defense and they have really good athletes over there. They are a veteran defensive team. We’ve got to make a great preparation this week.

On spreading the ball against Western Carolina

I thought that that was good. It’s really based on where the read takes you, but getting the ball around to different guys, trying to get more guys involved and feeling comfortable that you have different guys who can make catches and run with it, is good.

On Charley Meyer

Hopefully we get him more involved this week. He is a guy that is dependable, so he’ll be more involved this week.

On playing in Greenville

Someone told me that five of our last seven games at ECU have been decided by seven points or less. East Carolina is a dangerous team. They’re on that list of non-BCS schools that have beaten BCS schools. They have our attention and respect.

On defensive touchdowns

I think that always needs to be a threat. Last year, we had a lot of young guys on defense but I thought we improved as the year went on. I think part of it has been us and part of it has been the way the ball bounces. Hopefully, that bounce goes our way a few times.

On ECU quarterback Shane Carden

He’s certainly accurate that’s for sure. Anybody who can complete eighty percent is good because that’s hard to do on the pass scale. He’s mobile. He has good pocket presence and he’s not an easy guy to get pressure on. And he’s got good skilled people around him. He’s got quality wide receivers and running backs. They’ve got some guys who can get it done.

On Kalvin Cline

He’s athletic and he’s smart. We threw him last week. Offensively, we move around a lot and shift so there’s a lot of stuff going on. We threw him in there and he didn’t miss much. To not be around it and not getting reps, to being thrown in there and picking up most of it is really pretty impressive. He’s got some toughness and he cares. I like the kid. He gives us a little stretch there. You’d like to see him get a little bit bigger and stronger and he will in time. He’s only a true freshman. He’s an athletic tight end and hopefully he can help this year.

On wide receiver’s improvement

We made a couple of tough catches and had some balls that should’ve been caught, but far less than the previous week. They spent a lot of time at practice catching balls and we’ll do that again this week and see if we can have zero drops.

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