Sep 4, 2013
Football Press Conference (Sept. 4)
#22/24 Coastal Carolina hosts Furman
Saturday - Sept. 7 - 6 pm
Conway, S.C. - Brooks Stadium
Head Coach Joe Moglia
"I think South Carolina State was an exciting football game. I mentioned a week ago that I think Buddy Pough really does a great job of getting his team ready. We expected an up-tempo game, but it was a faster tempo than we had anticipated. We make a very big deal about our guys standing on their own two feet, accepting responsibly for themselves. Furman is a team with good character. They proved that against us a year ago. They lost last week, especially without their main quarterback, but this week they get the quarterback back. I have no doubt that they're ready to go with a chip on their shoulder. This is a critical game for them."
On excitement about the home opener against Furman:
"We've got to focus on our job. It's a little different when we have a home game. We'd prefer to have good weather, to have nobody injured and to be playing at home. This is one of the opportunities we get to be playing at home. We want the community to recognize that we're serious about our mission. We're on the field, and we represent everyone that comes out to see us. Our job is not to just to go out there and do anything we can to win, it's to give it everything we've got while we're out there."
On whether or not last year's game against Furman will be a source of motivation for this Saturday's game:
"I think Furman wants to prove to us that they're better than we are. I also think that because they got off to a tough start a week ago, they know that they've got to correct that. We have to take care of business; we have to do what we can control. I see them coming down here emotionally charged, and mentally, physically and strategically prepared, and ready to play football."
Senior defensive tackle Jeffery Salley
On the excitement about this Saturday's home opener against Furman:
"Anytime you get to open up in front of your own fans, where everyone's excited, it is great. You have a chance to start 1-0 at home and to start the season 2-0 overall. It'll be a great opportunity for us and hopefully we capitalize on it.
On Furman's offense:
"They love to run the ball. As a defense, we have to stop the run first. It's going to be a tough matchup. They have two good wide receivers on their team. The running back is also really good and really athletic. There is some power in Furman's running game, but it's more of a zone scheme. Furman is more of an outside zone, inside zone, kind of more lateral on the ball as opposed to straight downhill power."
Senior wide receiver Matt Hazel
On improvements made on offensive since last Saturday's game against SC State:
"Just execution and consistency. We had two good days of practice on Sunday and yesterday, so I think those are the most important."
About being excited for his last home opener:
"It's exciting. I know we will have the home game jitters at the beginning, but as soon as the game kicks off, we are going to be focused on just executing against Furman."