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Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney Quotes — Clemson vs. Virginia (Nov. 21, 2009)

Overall Thoughts:
“I thank God for allowing me to be here with this great program, this
great staff, these great players, and this great fan base. So many people
deserve this win. These guys played great, and played through adversity to
clinch the ACC Atlantic Division, now let’s go to Tampa.”

On the play of his seniors:
“It was like a basketball game, when I subbed the guys out at the end of
the game. I had to congratulate them for their efforts not just for today,
but also for the past four years. They gave me a #40 jersey for my
birthday, and they all signed it before the game. They are really a great
group of guys. Jacoby (Ford) had a career-high in all-purpose yards today,
and Kavell (Conner) came out and made 15 tackles. All of the seniors gave
great effort today. I’m so proud of these guys.”

On the play of quarterback Kyle Parker:
“He keeps getting better and better. He is efficient and continues to make
plays. He was 19 for 26 with 234 passing yards. He is growing as a player,
and has continued to make smarter plays.”

On the team’s second half adjustments:
“We didn’t play smart in the first half. We weren’t disciplined with our
eyes. And they had a lot of trick plays in the first half. Our staff made
great adjustments at halftime, and we challenged then in the second half.
This team never gave up, and they came out in the second half to win this

On Clemson’s first championship game appearance:
“The last championship team I’ve been on was in 1999, so I know how to
prepare this team and get them ready for it. Our first goal was to clinch
the ACC Atlantic Division, and we did that. Our next goal is to win a
state championship against South Carolina next weekend. Our third goal is
to win the ACC Championship game. Our fourth goal is to win a Bowl game.
We’re happy today, but we’re not done yet. We have a lot of football left
to play, so we’re going back to work this week.”

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