Nov. 28, 2012
Coastal Carolina Weekly Football Press Conference (NCAA 2nd Rd at Old Dominion)
Coastal Carolina at #4 seed and #3 ranked Old Dominion
Saturday - Dec. 1 - 2:00 pm
Norfolk, Va. - Foreman Field at S.C. Ballard Stadium
About the team's excitement over their first ever FCS win:
Jamel Davis: It's very exciting because we've never been here before. So, we just plan to keep rolling and keep doing what we do best. It's very exciting for us to be in this opportunity. We just have to make the best of it.
About how they plan to attack on offense:
Jeremy Height: We have to score as many points as possible. We have to give the defense the best chance to be successful. So, we have to do our part by scoring as many points as we can.
Head Coach Joe Moglia's Opening Statement About Old Dominion:
Old Dominion is a very talented team. Take a look at their offense and take a look at their entire program. They've got tremendous aspirations. They are in a hot bed as far as recruiting talent. They sell out pretty much for each game. The community is 100% behind them. They've got a lot of great things going up there. They've done a great, great job with their program.
As far as their offense goes, they have literally the number 1 and number 2 offense in the country whether you are looking at total offense or looking at scoring offense. They have a prolific passing game. Their quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award. I think he definitely deserves to be one of those three finalists. They've got an outstanding passing game. They don't get overly complex in terms of multiple sets, but they are incredibly efficient and productive in what they do. There's no such thing as flawless execution, but their execution is outstanding. They do a good job of running the ball, but that's a complement of their passing game. If you over play the pass, they are going to beat you with the run. They're effective enough to do that. So they'll force you to play the run, but, at the end of the day, they are going to get the majority of the yards through the air. They've got the ability to go deep. They've got the ability to attack the intermediate zones in the middle. They can attack the perimeter with the pass as well. Their running game is either inside zone, sweep outside, little bit of option on the corner, or the quarterback can keep.
From a defensive perspective, they've got good, solid, strong athletes. Their defensive statistics are not anywhere near their offensive statistics are. I think you want to keep that in perspective. They are all ahead often in the games. You have sometimes the opponent scrambling around trying to pick up big chunks of yardage because they are behind a lot. If you take a look at their quarter by quarter breakdown, it's a lot closer in points in the fourth quarter. I wouldn't look too much in terms of what the statistics are defensively when you look at what they do. They've got a good athletic front, they've got good linebackers, the secondary moves well. They've got a good defense, outstanding offense, good defense.
I think that they certainly separate themselves offensively as well, but I think where they do a good job of separating themselves is that they have the best special teams of anybody we've played against. Their punter averages 45 yards with excellent hang time, and then they'll use the quarterback in terms of quick kick schemes as well. They do a good job of covering kicks. Their two outstanding receivers are their two punt returners. One is a little bit surer-handed guy; the other one is a little bit more of a breakaway threat. They use both of those. So, I think without question we've got our work cut out for them.
They've got a culture that's thinking winning, they've got a culture in terms of thinking and trying to be big time. They're going to have 20,000 people at the game. I doubt 20,000 people there will be rooting for us, that is okay too. We've got to be able to handle that. They have an outstanding football team.
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