Here is what JSU head coach Bill Clark said about this week’s game at Tennessee Tech
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“I think there are times that an open date might break your stride or you are not wanting to see an open date, but I don’t think it could have come at a better time for us because we were pretty banged up. I think we were mentally tired as we got to the midpoint of the season. It was good for us to get out and do some recruiting. We finished practice on Wednesday and mainly concentrated on ourselves. We tried to get fundamentally better and work on some of those things that you let go as you get in to a game week situation. We had a really good recruiting week and it was good to get out and see the high school coaches. Obviously, this week is a huge game for us. They (Tennessee Tech) have had some struggles recently, but they have been in every game. They really do a great job in all three phases of the game. They are a play away here and there and a few injuries from being really good. We have tons of respect for them and this is their homecoming, so they have their backs to the wall. It will be a big game for both teams.”

On the wide receiver position:

“It was great that we had an open date to really get some guys some reps, specifically the back ups to those guys that are out. One good thing that we do is that we get tons of reps and we have to find the things that fit these guys that are coming in to these spots. Obviously, Telvin (Brown) was a guy that was playing more and got banged up some himself, which allowed Dalton (Screws) to step up. I think Telvin is back well right now and Gabe Chambers was hurt in the beginning of the year, but now he is full speed. Markis Merrill and Dalton were really playing well and that is something you hate to see when they go down because they were really playing well. You will see some guys in some different spots and they will be the guys that have played, you will just see more guys get more work.”

On who will do the holding duties:

“Kyle West will be a guy that we will look at, and even Hamish MacInnes was a guy that we thought about using in the beginning of the season. He is a really good holder and they work on those things every day. We are going to see how this week goes.”

On what he did during the open dates:

“I recruited. Saturday was a good day because I got to watch a lot of football. I always enjoy seeing how other people play and call games. It is a good experience for me because it is not technical, just to really sit back and be a fan. It was a good day for everyone to get away from each other. I tried not to call the coaches on Saturday and let them be away from me a little bit. We came in Sunday pretty fresh.”

On Tennessee Tech:

“Offensively, you have a head coach that has been a known offensive coordinator and play caller for a number of years. I am very impressed with them offensively as I started to watch them on film in the offseason. They are a two-quarterback system like we are and one of them is probably a little bit more of a runner than the other one. It will be a lot of zone-reads and a lot of speed option and multiple ways to run the zone-read. Defensively, they are very solid and sound and they will be a four-down front and some three-down. They are very good in the interior and the defensive line is very impressive. They don’t make a lot of mistakes and will make you take it down the field.”
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