ACC Kickoff quote book: Atlantic Division

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The Osceola takes a look back at some of the best quotes from Atlantic Division players and coaches this week at ACC Kickoff. We’ll have more from the Coastal Division players and coaches later.

FSU wide receiver Tamorrion Terry (on Willie Taggart)

“He’s a great coach. He always been like a dad to me. Ever since he came here, he believed in me. Ever since he came to Florida State, he just believed in me. He always told me to stay focused, work on your craft, whatever you have going on on and off the field. Just be yourself. That’s what I am right now.”

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (on success vs. ACC past few years)

“We’ve had a lot of teams give us fits. We’ve had some good wins and some games we’ve been able to get control of. I mean, shoot, we had three games with Louisville go down to the last play. Epic battles with NC State. I know Florida State this year was a different type of game, as they’re transitioning. Unbelievable battles with Florida State, on and on and on. Syracuse, Dino has just done an unbelievable job. It’s a great place. It starts with him. I mean, he’s put a good staff together. They have a good philosophy in place. They’re well-coached. They recruit well. They develop well. You can tell that it’s a relationship-driven program. He does a great job in connecting with his players. They play hard. They play hard.”

Boston College coach Steve Addazio

“What do you have to do to beat Clemson? Play your A game, take care of the football, be able to run the football, find a way to disrupt them on offense. Those are easier things said than done. Very hard to do against them.”

Boston College tailback AJ Dillon

“I kind of try to be a sponge, take little bits and pieces from all the great backs, Le’Veon Bell’s patience, Saquon Barkley’s ability to cut and accelerate. That all kind of works its way to trying to be an all-purpose back.”

Syracuse coach Dino Babers

“We told them (fans) we wanted to give them something they deserve, something on the football field that they can be proud of. That’s the stuff we talked about when we first arrived. We asked them to have faith, belief without evidence, that we can put something on the football field that would be worthy of not only their time but of their dollars and cents. … I know that our football team and our football family absolutely feels that way, that if you’re coming into our place, I don’t know, I guess it’s like that movie Dumb and Dumber, if you’re coming to play us at home, we just really think like we have a chance.”

Wake Forest running back Cade Carney

“Yeah, I tell people I’ve been so lucky, at the time I showed up to Wake Forest, I showed up with a team that had gone 3-9 two times in a row, gone through a coaching change, it was down to a group of fourth and fifth-year seniors who loved football and really wanted to be great. For me, to learn under that, to step into that, a team who hadn’t experienced success, to go to the Military Bowl, have a big win, I couldn’t have learned under a better group ever guys when they were on their way out. I feel like they’ve really kind of imparted that in the guys that were young at the time. Now that we’re seniors, we’re trying to do the same, to establish depth at this point. We’re really excited about it.”

NC State coach Dave Doeren

“For them (fans) to be able to buy beer, if that’s important to them, have the opportunity to do that in the shade under the stands at halftime, I know there’s going to be a lot of different spots where they can do that. Then be back in there for us. The fact is for those of you that have been to Carter-Finley, it’s an incredible place to play. It’s a huge advantage. Our sidelines to the bench, our parents sit right behind them, our recruits sit behind. Our student section is incredible. It brings energy, creates an advantage for our football team. We want that for four quarters.”

First-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield (on early impressions of his players)

“I think the first impression was that when I first saw these guys, they were obviously very hungry. Had a bad taste in their mouth of what happened last year. They want to be good. So they were very welcoming for myself and our staff to coming in. They were like, Coach, we’re ready to work. What do we need to do? Our first thing we did, put our arm around them, loving them a little bit, Here is the plan, here is what we have to do.”

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