On the 3rd-and-1 delay of game penalty:
“When you make a substitution, the officials are going to give the opposing team the ability to match your substitution. There’s no written rule on the timeframe, but they’ll all tell you it’s going to be somewhere around three seconds. For some reason, it ended up being over eight seconds. That’s the way it worked. That was the explanation I got. We’ll learn from it. If I would have known that they were going to stand over the ball until the clock ran out, I would have called a timeout. But I had no idea that would happen.”
On Zero Dark Thursday atmosphere and outcome:
“First, let me address just our crowd, the game day atmosphere, our students that were there on fall break, and the whole Zero Dark Thursday that Rick (Steinbacher) put together. It was unbelievable. The atmosphere couldn’t have been any better and I thought our fans and our students just did a tremendous job. Our players fed off of that and they got a lot of energy from our stands and our fans. We’re very much appreciative of the help that we got in that stadium.
“We did come up short. We came up short there with the last 16 seconds of the game. Our guys played their hearts out and gave everything they had. We just came up a little bit short. We’re going to take everything from that game we’re going to build off of it. That’s what’s going to propel us into the second half of the season.”
Thoughts on what occurred this past Saturday in college football including Florida State’s win over Clemson:
“Hats off to Florida State and what they’ve accomplished so far. Across the nation I think it shows you there’s a lot of parity in college football. Anybody can beat anybody on any given Saturday. It’s going to the team that has the most energy and makes the fewest mistakes. They’re going to win.”
On Eric Ebron’s performance against the Hurricanes despite dealing with a stomach bug on the sidelines:
“I didn’t know what was going on. They just told me after we had a couple of drives that he was throwing up on the sideline. I said, ‘Is he going to be alright?’ and they said, ‘Yeah, he’ll be fine.” He had a heck of a game. I know they gave him an IV at halftime to make sure he didn’t dehydrate. He played his rear end off. I’ll tell you that. He has grown quite a bit in this past year. I’m talking about when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. He’s doing so much better on the perimeter blocking and also at the point of attack when he’s attached. He’s become a complete player.”
What were your thoughts on using both Bryn Renner and Marquise Williams at the quarterback position?
“I thought it was good for us. I really did. That’s our plan going into this week also. We felt like coming out of the Virginia Tech game that Marquise handled it well and I think it added a little bit to the offense and what we’re able to do. Bryn did a really nice job with it. It didn’t really mess with their flow. They both handled the ball well and handled the game management part of it so we’re going to continue to do it. Bryn’s our starting quarterback and Bryn’s going to start. We had already predetermined that Marquise was going to go in on the third series of the game for sure. We had some packages that we might have put him in before that but he was going to take the third series of the game. Then it was just going to be through the flow of the game and whatever happened.”
How did you elect to try running the “turbo” package featuring Williams and three running backs?
“Well it’s just something that we’ve been working on and we’ve got some talented running backs. We wanted to get more of them on the field at one time. Also, we needed with Jack (Tabb) playing defense quite a bit we need a way to give (Eric) Ebron a break. It’s just another way to get him off the field at that time.”
What did you think of T.J. Logan’s performance in his first start against the Hurricanes?
“He’s coming along. I still don’t think that he feels great yet. I think he doesn’t have his legs under him yet but I think every rep that he gets he’s just going to get better. Before the end of the season we’re going to see the real T.J Logan.”
What did your team do differently Thursday night to end up on the better end of the turnover battle with four interceptions?
“Our guys did a good job of hurrying the quarterback. Kareem (Martin) was all around him all night. So were Norkeithus (Otis) and Darius Lipford. When you do that, you tend to get him to throw some balls that he probably doesn’t want to throw and I thought our guys on the back end did a nice job with it.”
Thoughts on how to improve red zone efficiency offensively as the Tar Heels enter the second half of the season:
“The top of the country is going to be somewhere around 78 percent of scoring touchdowns in the red zone. That’s kind of what we’re shooting for. The other night we were in the red zone five times and we scored one touchdown. In any one of those drives that we turn seven points into three is a difference in the game.
“It’s something we spend a lot of time talking about. A lot of time emphasizing with the players and we’re going to continue to do it. That’s all you can do. You can’t shoot yourself in the foot. You can’t drop a ball. You can’t have a penalty which on three of those we had in those situations and so that kills you.”
Thoughts on Boston College and their season thus far:
“They lost to Southern Cal on the road and then lost to Florida State and Clemson. They’re a quality football team. They’ll come in here and be sound on offense. They’ll be sound on defense. They’ll be sound in special teams. Offensively, they’re going to use a lot of formations, a lot of motions, a lot of shifting to try to get you misaligned to give up a gap. Defensively, they have a lot of confusion, a lot of blitzing and a lot of movement. We’re going to have to really lock in and focus in. We’re going to need as much help as we can get from our fans.”
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