Thoughts on Jeff Schoettmer’s play this season:
“He’s our starter and doing a great job for us. I think he led the team in tackles this last week against Georgia Tech. You know ‘Schoetts’ has done an awesome job for us. We’re proud of him and it really does mean something. You come in here and earn your scholarship and that’s what he did. He earned his scholarship. It wasn’t given to him and there’s a lot to be said for that. He ought to be proud of it.”
Comments on the uniforms prepared for this weekend for Military Appreciation Day:
“We’ve got a helmet the guys have put together that I think will be a great way to honor our men and women in the service. Our grounds crew is working on the field. I saw them working on it today doing some really neat things out there so it should be a great venue.”
Are defenses doing anything especially different to slow down Quinshad Davis this season?
“You saw a result of that with (Eric) Ebron’s big game. They were playing into the boundary with Quinshad. They usually had a corner with a safety at the top which is going to take away most of the things we do over there. That means they’re going to be opened up in the middle of the field and that’s why Ebron was able to take advantage of those things in the middle of the field.”
How do you determine your running back rotation during a game?
“Well we haven’t changed. It’s whoever’s the hot guy. Whoever’s producing, that’s going to be the guy who is going to play.”
Comments about the amount of space opposing receivers are given by the Tar Heel cornerbacks:
“There were some certain situations the other day that we did give too much cushion. There’s no doubt about it in a couple of coverages. Now some of the coverages dictate that we’re going to give up some cushion and we know we’re going to give up some underneath routes but we’re trying to prevent from going over the top in those situations. There were a couple of times the other night or the other day where we were too soft in our cushion no doubt about it.”
Any update on T.J. Logan’s status in terms of his health?
“He is getting closer. He’s getting better. I’m sure his time’s coming. He’s starting to look very good in practice.”
Thoughts on the matchup with East Carolina this weekend:
“Obviously, coming from where I’m from, we played them every year. Obviously, Ruffin McNeill was there at that time. This is the best team Ruffin’s had since he’s been there. I can tell you that. The guys can throw it around. They do a great job of moving the ball on offense and they’re playing the best defense that they’ve played since I’ve been around them and watching them. He has really got his team put together now. I can promise you they’re going to come into Kenan Stadium and they’re going to want to win this game probably worse than anyone they play.”
Comments on East Carolina’s impressive defense early this season:
“They’re doing a really nice job. They’ve got some big guys up front that sit in there and make it tough on you. It makes it really tough on your offensive lineman.”
How is your defense dealing with the major swing in offensive philosophy from dealing with the triple option last week to facing the Air Raid employed by East Carolina?
“There’s probably not a bigger swing. You’re going from one end of the spectrum to the other. Where Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech want to run it about every down these guys if they don’t run it a down it won’t bother them. But they do have a good running back. They’ve got a guy that’s very shifty, fast, can make you miss which makes it tough. When you spread the field like they do with all the wide receivers you cannot miss tackles. You better make a tackle or it turns into a big play.”
UNC Linebacker Jeff Schoettmer
Thoughts on earning a scholarship and significant playing time:
“Just getting on the field and playing on Saturdays. That’s what everyone wants to do when they get here even if they’re a walk-on or scholarship. The big thing they want to do is play. As a walk-on especially you always want to get on the field. That’s probably the most rewarding thing.”
Do you feel like the defense is improving as a unit right now heading into this weekend’s matchup with East Carolina?
“Yeah, definitely. One of the big things this past game against Georgia Tech was that we played extremely hard. You can see watching on film that everyone is running to the ball and that’s a big thing. Even if one person misses a tackle then someone’s there to help them out. We’ve progressed over the weeks. I think we can build on some positives from Georgia Tech and some bright things to be expected in the next couple of games.”
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