On Nick Weiler and his kickoff production against South Carolina:
“Well Nick’s got a strong leg. He actually is doing a really nice job with that. He’s also our backup right now on field goals. He’s done a really nice job during camp. It’s nice to be able to have a guy that can put the ball in the end zone. He will just get better and better as we go and as he feels more comfortable doing it. When your first kick is out there on that stage I really expected him to do what their guy did and shank it out of bounds on his first kickoff. In fact, I really did not expect him to get it to the end zone on the first one just because of the adrenaline and all the things that were going on. So he really did a nice job with it.”
Pace-wise, how did you feel like your offense played?
“There were some times where I thought our tempo was very good but we were a little bit inconsistent. It was a great equalizer, obviously. We had guys on their sideline extremely tired. It was unfortunate with the dropped punt because we really had them on their heels at that time. I can assure you. We had just gone 17 plays and scored. Our defense held them to three and they were punting. Their defense was going to have to go back on the field and they didn’t want to do it. In fact, you watch TV copy they did not want to go back out there. Unfortunately for us we put it on the ground and they didn’t have to go back out there.”
Thoughts on Bug Howard’s play in his first action as a Tar Heel:
“I tell you what, Bug and Quinshad [Davis] can tell you even better. Bug’s going to be a player. There’s no doubt about it. He really had an impressive camp and he’s just learning feeling his way along. I can see him exploding like Quinshad did as this year goes on. It will be very nice to have two big tall lanky guys on both sides of the field that can perform. He’s probably about 6-5, maybe a little bit taller than that. He’s actually 195 pounds he just doesn’t look like it because he’s all muscle and bone and that’s it. He’s tall, lean and has a lot length to him. I don’t remember what Quinshad weighed when he first got here. 188 pounds or something like that and he’s 210 pounds now in one year. I guarantee you Bug will probably be 215 next year at this time and he won’t have that little bird’s chest like he’s got now.”
When you win the toss what goes through you mind in determining whether or not to take the football to start the game or defer to the second half?
“We talk about it actually as a staff. It’s just like do you call heads or tails. Some guys call heads all the time. Some guys call tails. I call tails. The captain’s make that choice. Probably the biggest concern of mine is the weather as far as the wind. If the wind is doing something drastic then it may be a situation where I decide to take the ball. Most of the time I’m going to defer and have an extra possession in the second half.”
Will there be argyle in the end zone this year in Kenan Stadium?
“I don’t know. Do you want it? I’ll get out there tonight and start going to work on it I guess. We’ll see. I don’t have your answer for you yet. I know they did it in the spring and we had a lot of people that commented on it and really liked it so what the heck, why not?”
Comments on his experience working at Middle Tennessee State:
“We had our family there for three years and my youngest daughter was actually born there. We had some really good times there. We had a bunch of kids that fought really hard for us and played hard. It’s kind of really where the basis of this offense started actually so a lot of good memories there actually. It was my first job as an offensive coordinator. It’s really where the offense evolved from and how we started. We had a staff that had never worked together and we put it together and worked extremely hard. It was a 1-AA program that was going 1-A at the time so we had a lot of 1-AA players that were playing 1-A talent. We took our lumps the first year and we got better the second year. After I left the third year, I think we were No. 4 in the country offensively. We had some kids that really put it out there and worked extremely hard for us.”
On Saturday's matchup against the Blue Raiders:
“They have gone on the road and beaten three ACC teams in the past few years. There will be no fear in their eyes when they walk into the Tar Pit I assure you. They’re going to come in and expect to win the football game. We’re going to have to play well. We know that they’ve got some quality talent on that football team. They’ve got two really talented running backs; that’s why they had over 300 yards [vs Western Carolina]. The quarterback is throwing it really well. Defensively, they play really hard. They returned a punt for a touchdown. They got two guys back there on kickoff return that can really go and have a lot of speed. We’re going to have to play a really solid football game.”
Keys for this weekend’s game:
“Defensively, we’ve got to stop the run. That’s going to be number one and we’ve got to create some takeaways. We’ve got to have game changing plays on special teams. That’s going to be critical. We’ve got to tackle well with their return guys. Offensively, we have to be more consistent this week. We really do and we’ve got to have explosive plays.”
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