"They have all the elements they need to succeed at the FCS level. The receivers are there, good offensive line. But for this team to go to the next level against the FBS, they needed to improve defensively and that's something where I think they've made big strides. It's a good team, but you may not be able to notice that when they line up against the Seminoles on Saturday night."
On the offense:
"When they're playing a team at our level they use the run to set up the pass. That might be next to impossible to do Saturday night. But they do like to throw 35 to 45 passes per game. That's mostly short passes. But our short passes are like running plays, they're just done with receivers with little bubble screens and things of that sort. And you'll see that Saturday night with short passes to get the ball out of (QB) Casey's hands quickly and into somebody else's, especially early to try and get some confidence against that incredible front line of Florida State."
On veteran QB Casey Brockman:
"He's very poised in the pocket. He's really improved in his decision making about when to tuck and run. Because of his size (6-2, 220), he is capable of getting a few yards, even breaking off 10 to 15 yard runs from time to time. But he's a very smart kid. Just really seems to grasp what the offense is trying to do. He can throw the deep ball, hits well on the short ball and just really doesn't have any bad qualities about him whatsoever. And the team loves him. He's also a quarterback who's going to shatter every record pretty much held by a quarterback here."
On who to watch catching the ball:
"It's an impressive group of returnees. Walter Powell (no. 9) has probably been the most impressive. He's a kid that really came on toward the end of last year. He's very dangerous and has really great hands and a knack for getting open. Ja-Vonta Trotter (no. 7) has great speed, and Patrick Robertson (no. 5) is probably even a better speed guy. He's a little bigger than Trotter. Then a kid who walked on last year, Nevar Griffin (no. 85), 6-2, 205, he's become really good, too. And Dontel Watkins (no. 17), the transfer from Utah State, he'll get a lot of playing time. Also Anthony Hayes (no. 16) is another bowl division transfer. So it's not your typical receiving corps that was FCS all the way."
On Coach Hatcher calling any trick plays:
"He's not a guy that depends on gadgetry unless other things aren't working. He'll pull one out now and then. The year before last we were ahead at the half and he started the second half with an onside kick. You don't see that very often. But based upon what I know of Hatcher, you won't see any gadget plays unless it's late and they need to get a score. I think he's holding those plays close to the vest for games they have a very good chance of winning."
On how much Hatcher's defense has improved now that he's entering his third year as head coach: