UNC-RU: Postgame Quotes & Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes interviews with head coach Everett Withers, Bryn Renner, Gio Bernard, Dwight Jones and Kareem Martin, who spoke to the media following UNC's victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

EVERETT WITHERS
Listen to Audio (9:30)

Opening remarks:

"I guess any time you can win a ball game and have five turnovers, probably five personal foul penalties and at least three opportunities where you had a chance to make big plays on interceptions… it's a good day to be a Tar Heel. We get a chance to go back tomorrow and work on those things and get better for next week."

On the sloppy play of the Tar Heels:

"The only thing I can attribute it to is either lack of focus or stuff that we didn't concentrate on in practice. The only way I know how to get better at it is to focus on it in practice and go back into practice and make it better."

On the defense's play in critical moments:

"We stopped them. They tried to run a power, we filled the gap, [and] we stopped them. They tried to throw the ball and we made a play on the ball. We blitzed the quarterback to get the ball out of his hands and we got the ball back. This game isn't real hard."

On starting Giovani Bernard:

"Last week we started Ryan [and] we wanted to start Gio this week to see who would be the guy. They're both considered starters to us."



BRYN RENNER
Listen to Audio (4:45)

Was there a lack of focus?

"Obviously, there was a little lack of focus. But, anytime you win a ball game, it's awesome. We definitely have a lot of stuff to improve on, but just getting the win was awesome."

On Giovani Bernard's performance:

"The [run] he made on that touchdown today was unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that. He just slipped by everybody and made a great run. It really sparked us. We needed to score there and he did a great job."



GIO BERNARD
Listen to Audio (2:08)

On his 60-yard touchdown run:

"It was good just to be able to get out in the open and I saw my linemen downfield. We always talk about it in practice. I always tell them ‘Don't ever stop because I'm always going to be on your hip someway, somehow.' I just tried to keep going. They couldn't really see my short self in the pile. But I swung it free. I give all credit to them because they're out front leading the way for me."

On the sloppy play with turnovers and penalties:

"That's lack of focus, really. We do a great job in practice of holding onto the ball and we never really fumble the ball – that's something we really pride ourselves on… We can learn from this tomorrow from film watching and be prepared for the game next weekend."



DWIGHT JONES
Listen to Audio (2:04)

On being the go-to receiver:

"I just know I have to make big plays for my team. And I hold myself accountable for that. The way I look at it, I know I've got to make big plays for us to win."

On his touchdown reception:

"The play was originally a slant. But Bryn, he audibled to a go route. He made a good call. I ran deep and caught the ball. It was a good throw."



KAREEM MARTIN
Listen to Audio (1:48)

On stopping Rutgers on fourth down twice:

"Coming into this game, we focused on stopping the run. We did that obviously today. When it got down to the goal line, we knew they were going to try to sneak it, so we just had to bow up and stop the quarterback."

On the pressure on the quarterback:

"Pressure was tough to come by today. They would usually chip ends or keep someone in to help protection… We used a lot of movement to get our pressure."

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