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Tom O'Brien Talks To The BIG EAST Press




Oct. 9, 2000

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College head football coach Tom O'Brien

BIG EAST Press Conference - October 9, 2000

Can you discuss the win over Connecticut and then your thought on the match up with Syracuse?

"We came out and played well against Connecticut from the start and we didn't overlook them, which I thought it was good on our part. Probably the best news is we came out of it without any serious injury. Now we look to Syracuse and know that we're going to face a talented team on both sides of the ball, the power running game, option football, play-action pass and a lot of aggressive play up front by their defense and man-to-man coverage in the secondary. We have our work cut out for us this week, but we look forward to their visit on Saturday."

Could you talk a little about the progress of Tim Hasselbeck and his recovery form off-season surgery.

"Well, in the off-season, he had Willie McGinest surgery in his abdomen area. He came back and had an excellent preseason. He did not play as well as he or we would have liked him to play in the opener, but since that point has gotten better each week. He's delivering the ball on time, he's not taking sacks and he's pulling down and taking off with the ball when there're nothing there. He keeps progressing and, hopefully for us, he keeps getting better each week."

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