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October 9, 2012
Coach Staying Cool, Focused
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In a season that's been unfamiliar to Virginia Tech fans for years, coach Frank Beamer said he isn't worried. He said he hasn't been angry or frustrated, but is still simply hard at work trying to get the Hokies to perform well.
"I think we wanna get it right." Beamer said at today's weekly press conference. "We realize we haven't put a complete game together. Last week, you look at every area of our football team and we play well at times, we just need to put it together. We've got the capability and that's it. But it's taking each play and taking care of the details on each play. There's no question in my mind our kids wanna be good, they wanna play good football and we've gotta help 'em and keep going. A lot of football to be played."
The overall mood of the team is still upbeat according to Beamer, who said he still sees determination in the eyes of his players.
"We're only halfway through the season," he said. "We've got a lot of football to play and I've always believed it's how you finish, not how you start. How you start matters, but how you finish really matters."
Not since 1992 has Virginia Tech gotten to three wins this quickly in the season. There's been plenty of solid players to suit up for the Hokies since then that have kept a winning tradition and high expectations. Though this team has fallen short so far, Beamer still has confidence.
"We've got players that wanna be successful," he said. "I don't think there's any question about it. They work hard, they wanna be successful, we've just gotta take care of some little things. Some things jumped up in the game Saturday that go against winning. We've gotta get those things corrected, take care of the little things and big things will come and that's the way I believe it."
There will be a few changes this week, as fullback Riley Beiro will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Senior running back Martin Scales will fill in some for him at fullback, while Laurence Gibson has slid over to guard in place of injured junior David Wang.
The status of junior Dyrell Roberts is unclear after it's believed he had a mild concussion against North Carolina after taking a big hit.
All season, Beamer has remained calm. He isn't happy with the losses, but he isn't panicking.
"We've just gotta take care of the details, make sure you're in the right gap and taking your responsibility and things will be fine," Beamer said. "We've done it before and we can do it again."