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Quotes: Florida State 48, Duke 7
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/27/2012
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Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe
“I would like to think what we saw was somewhat of an aberration when you have all three phases break down consistently and that’s what we did.  I told our team afterwards it was not a product of our preparation; we have a very committed team, we practice well.  It was not a product of we are bowl eligible and we are going to shut down.  That’s not the case in my opinion.  It is a product of playing a very good team that we didn’t respond to that very good team.  As a group of seniors I told them “you’ve got to leave all this in Tallahassee.  We’ve got too much lying in front of us.  All you guys returning to our squad, I don’t want you to forget it but I don’t want you to think about it right now.  That’s something for off season.  It’s a part of the process.  Just understand what a really good football team looks like.”

“I said this a month ago as I watched Florida State a good bit every phase when we were playing Wake Forest – that’s one of the games we studied.  I told it to many of my friends – I think that’s (Florida State) is the best team in the country.  I’ve been around this a long time. I don’t think they have a weakness.   I told Coach Fisher before the ballgame – I said you’ve got the best field position team I’ve ever seen.  And they do that incredibly well – their placekicker, kickoff man, punting – they’ve done lot of pinning people in, their return game is outstanding and they are physical on both lines of scrimmage – equally so.  They are equally as physical on offense as they are on defense.  I think it’s all in front of them as to what they can do.  That kind of sums the story up."

“We’ve got some people we have to evaluate.  Sean Renfree – we will be evaluating him.  He’s not feeling very good at the current time.  Juwan Thompson was not able to return.  I think all and any tests that he has had to this point have been in a good manner - positive.  I know we’ve got a few others that have been banged up." 

“We will regroup.  Every number here tells you we didn’t play well.  We didn’t play well on first down, we didn’t play well on second down; we didn’t play well on third down. That makes it really hard.  We didn’t play well in any phase of the kicking game.  These are the facts now.  Those of you who hadn’t seen us – that’s not who we are.  We’re a good football team.  We were not today.  The blunt of the responsibility bears right here.  We just did not respond in any fashion.  I guess the only positive number we had – we won the turnover game which was something we thought we had to do coming in.  As the game got so out of hand it didn’t matter.”

On Sean Renfree’s Condition:
“It’s head and we will just see where it leads from there. There’s nothing much you can say. That’s a circumstance for the doctor’s to manage. You’ve got laws and everything else. That’s kind of what I can say.”

Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher
Opening Statement:
“I was very proud of our guys. I was proud with the way we came out of the gate. We played very well early in the game – offense, defense and special teams. We established a tempo in the game, very much through the first two drives in the second half. We came out the first two drives, scored bang-bang – offensively, defensively and special teams did a great job. Then we had a little lapse. We put a punt on the ground – took our eyes off of it trying to make too much of a play. EJ (Manuel) had a fumble on a loose ball. It was a shame that Rodney (Smith) had one on a big play down the field, waving the ball. We come out and do ball security every day at the beginning of practice. We’re going to fix that, I can’t tolerate that and Devonta (Freeman) put one on the ground. I couldn’t see what happened on his. But that was disappointing, but I was very proud of our team. Offense we were able to run the ball, thrown the ball, protect it pretty well. EJ did a great job of getting the ball down the field deep. Devonta had a nice day, Wilder ran very well – had some nice yardage runs. Had some red zone runs. Debrale (Smiley) came in and did a nice job. EJ managed the game very well. The thing we were able to do was hit those deep balls. That changes the field position with those big plays and it was awesome. Defense did a good job of pressuring the quarterback. We kept pressuring them with looks and for the most part had a pretty good game. Dustin (Hopkins) – congratulations to him. He had an outstanding day. He broke the ACC record for field goals and our school record. He’s really been kicking the ball the last few weeks and he’s starting to come into his own. Being that Dustin we know and we’re very proud of him. I was very proud of our guys.”

On Tyler Hunter’s day on punt returning:
“He had a great day. If you watch the punt, he was looking at it and all of a sudden he looks down real quick. First job as a punt returner is not to return it, but to catch it. That’s what we got to remember and I think we got a little greedy. I still think he had a good day, but that’s inexcusable and we’ve got to get it fixed.”

On Christian Jones:
“He had 11 total plays in the game. He was getting out in space. That guy can play when he hits space – covering and running. He’s athletic and he can cover and make some big plays in the field with open field tackles.”

On Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr.:
“I thought they were good. In pass pro they were good and running the ball. I think the only bad thing was Devonta put the ball on the ground at the end. But that sucker was running it, he had a nice trap down there on a third and 10, he had nice balance. Quick. James was running for powerful third down runs. I thought they had an outstanding day.”

On their consistency:
“For the most part I saw it. I’ll look at the film, but for the most part I was very comfortable with the way they played today.”

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