On the success of Chip Kelly’s spread offense in his NFL debut:
“I was very interested. There’s been a lot of talk from the NFL and all the people that are the experts that said it wouldn’t work. It was good to see that he was able to take the spread offense up there and have success with it. I’m sure they’ll get better and better as they go. It was a lot of fun so I guess for the first time now I can say I run a pro style offense.”
Thoughts on James Hurst being named the ACC Lineman of the Week:
“Two really good first two games for James. He’s really played well as we’ve expected him to. He is meeting our expectations. He’s a guy who’s a leader up front. He’s a guy who’s going to play hard and get his job done. I will tell you this, James is one of the smartest football players that I’ve ever been around actually. He really understands the entire scheme of the entire offense and what’s going on. He’s able to communicate that to the guys next to him.”
What were your thoughts on Bug Howard’s impressive first career touchdown catch?
“That’s another one that if you saw the picture, Bug is way up there in the air. He’s a 6-foot-5 guy and he can go up and get the ball. That was not a surprise for us. If you ask any of these players that are here tonight Bug makes those plays every day in practice. He really does. He makes it hard on any defensive back. An average corner is probably going to be 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 and he’s 6-foot-5, and not only that, he plays above the rim. So when you play above the rim, you've got a chance to make plays like that.”
Comments on the newly announced “Tar Heel Downtown” event for the Miami game on October 17th:
“I’m all for it. I think first of all the community and the university have to come together to put on a game on a Thursday night. Just with all the different changes that take place so I think it’s just a great thing to come down and spend some time on Franklin Street. I think it’ll be beneficial to everybody and I think it’ll be a lot of fun. Hopefully it’ll be something we can do in the future.”
Is there a pregame tradition that your team participates in right before running out of the tunnel onto the field on game day?
“Really the last thing I say to the guys before every game is to play Carolina style football and that’s smart, fast and physical. That’s usually the last thing that’s said before we head out into the tunnel.”
On the amount of true freshmen earning playing time this season:
“If they can help us win a championship we’re going to play them. There’s no doubt about it. There’s no reason not to if they can help us win. With attrition from injuries throughout the season, we’re constantly working those guys to keep bringing them along during the season because you never know at what point when they’re going to have to play.”
Are you finished with the 2014 recruiting class and are you pleased with what you’ve assembled so far?
“We’re pretty much done, actually. We could take a couple of more guys to squeeze in but we’re in pretty good shape there. There are just a few guys we’re working on right now for that 2014 class. Now we’re spending time on the ’15 and ’16 class actually.”
Any preference for when the bye week falls for your team during the season?
“I really would prefer if I could pick my bye week it would be somewhere between the fifth, sixth or seventh game. That’s kind of where I would like to have it. But you don’t get to pick and we have two this year for the first time I’ve ever had in coaching. I’ve never had two bye weeks. I spent a lot of time in the summer thinking that through and how I wanted that to work.
"This week we came in and did our normal practice on Sunday. We had a great practice in full pads today. We’ll go tomorrow and we’ll go on Thursday. We’re going to have real practices. We’re getting after it pretty good in practice. We’re still working on the fundamentals and really it’s about making sure this week we get better in all three phases each day. If we do that then we’re going to accomplish what we want. Obviously, defensively it helps us because we get more work on the option. Special teams and offensively just to get us playing the way we need to be playing. We’ll really zero in on Georgia Tech this coming Sunday.”
So your team has already began prepping for Georgia Tech?
“Especially defensively because we already know what they’re going to do offensively. That’s not going to change. Their defensive coordinator (Ted Roof) has only been there for this year and we only have one game on him as a defense and that was against Elon and they were very vanilla. We don’t have a lot to go off of as a game plan for our offense right now.”
How do you plan on spending your weekend with no game to play on Saturday?
“Well I’ll be on the road recruiting. We take advantage of our open week by getting out and seeing some of the high school players in the state. We’ll have ten coaches on the road on Friday and we’ll be going to games.”
Running back Romar Morris
On his relationship with A.J. Blue in the backfield:
“We have a great relationship. Me and A.J. Blue we talk every day. We go over the playbook every day. We just try to mimic and do the same things so we can be successful.”
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