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September 24, 2013
Quick press conference recap
Steve Spurrier sits down at the table.
Spurrier starts by lauding Coach (Paul)Dietzel, who passed away on Tuesday.
UCF is "sky high". Perhaps biggest game in history of the school. Huge game for USC and UCF. "We know we're going to get their best shot." Looking forward to it.
Hot day expected, so SOS jokes about telling (Jadeveon) Clowney to get in shape.
UCF defense is sound and disguises coverages well. Try not to give up big plays. Execute well. Rarely out of position.
We prepare same way for everybody, so UCF game is not special in that regard. Prepare for all opponents the same. Getting ready for hostile environment. We know what to expect.
Players know the scenario we're in. Chance to take our football show on the road.
Spurrier says you can't compare stats this time of year because schedules are so different in terms of difficulty.
We should like big games.
Not surprised by growth of UCF program. Big 3 can't get everybody. Lots of players in Florida. O'Leary has been head coach for 10 years there. Stability.
We don't look at which conference a team is in when we play non-conference games. Just prepare to play.
Battle at center: Cody Waldrop practiced a little on Monday night. Decision by Thursday between Waldrop and Clayton Stadnik.
Connor Shaw is playing well, but can play better. Some NFL QBs throw careless interceptions. Chance Dylan Thompson will play in this game.
Offenses are spreading out more, which is why scoring is up in SEC. Hopefully, we'll get scores from defense and special teams.
Just ask center to snap the ball well and hold his own vs. DTs. Chance Stadnik and Waldrop will both play.
Mike Davis update: Ankle is fine. Reports of ankle injury in last game was miscommunication w/ trainer staff.
Clowney and Chaz Sutton are good to go. Should be able to run around at practice today.
Jimmy Legree plays well most of the time. Defense has to be in position and play our assignments.
UCF has committed one turnover in 3 games. Need to have JC (Clowney) make big plays like he did vs. Vandy.
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