Highlights from Bobby Bowden and Tom Obrien's Wednesday ACC media teleconferences.
(Is there a short leash on Xavier Lee?)
"No, we've given him the reins now. I think he's much further along this year than he was a year ago. And I hope he can keep up what he's doing because he gives us another dimension to our offense. But, no, there will not be a short leash on him."
(On Amato's return and facing his old team)
"He just did a marvelous job against us (while at N.C. State). And it's good to have him back. You can imagine how it will be for him, standing on the sidelines looking at all those kids he recruited. That'll be tough on him."
"Budd Thacker will try to practice today and we'll find out if he's going to be capable of playing Saturday. Neefy Moffet the same way. Overmyer is out. Marcus Sims is out. And then Fluellen's still got that bad elbow. We're trying to find out if he can play."
(On being 116th in the nation in turnovers lost)
"We had 18 turnovers, 12 of them have happened in two games -- the Boston College and Louisville game -- and half of those were in scoring territory. And when you've got a field goal kicker that hasn't missed a field goal, you give up scoring opportunities doing that. We've got to get it corrected."
"We haven't had the same consistency you need week to week to get better (because of them). So that's where (injuries) have had its biggest impact right now."
(On he's addressed his players facing Chuck Amato)
"Obviously it's a situation we've addressed and Coach Amato is not going to play in this game, so the best thing we can do is prepare to win...and then after the game it's time to visit."