Comments on playing with a large lead in the late stages of the Old Dominion game:
“I wish no one even knew we shortened the clock. I don’t want to embarrass their players. I don’t want that at all. Those kids go out there and work extremely hard and prepare themselves also. It was what it was but it was very uncomfortable there at the end.”
Comments on Marquise Williams’s record setting performance in Kenan Stadium on Saturday:
“He was hitting on all cylinders. He was distributing the ball where it was supposed to go, reading coverages very well and felt really comfortable back there. Our offensive line did a great job of protecting him and he just let it go. He so much more comfortable back there in the decision making process. You’re now able to see what he can do within the offense.”
Thoughts on Ryan Switzer’s fourth punt return touchdown on the season and his best outing as wide receiver for the Tar Heels:
“The best thing about it is that he’s just a puppy. He is just know coming into his own. He’s feeling comfortable out there. If he would’ve felt this way earlier in the year he would’ve returned a couple more punts. There’s no doubt in my mind. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens this Saturday with him.”
Comments on Kendrick Singleton’s first touchdown of the season:
“He’s another kid that just keeps working his rear end off. He starts on three of our special teams of the four. He’s also splitting time with Switzer. It was really good for him to get in the end zone.”
Thoughts on Eric Ebron’s decision to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft:
“I would love to have him back just because he makes me laugh most of the time. Eric’s a great kid. He’s done things the way we’ve asked him to do it. He’s a great team player. He’s just got a tremendous opportunity ahead of him. That claim that he’ll be the first tight end taken in the draft. He’s a finalist for the (John) Mackey Award. He’s had a great year and a great career here at Carolina and I’m excited for his future. If he stays healthy, I mean he’s…I’ve had four or five that have played in the NFL from that position and Eric is unique in that he has the skills to be very special up there. Especially with what they’re doing with tight ends like the (Jimmy) Graham guy with the Saints. He’s that type of athlete.”
How do you feel about the tight end position moving forward and who are the guys behind him who will fill that void?
“There are a couple of recruits we can’t talk about. We’ve got two we expect coming in this class. We’ve got Jack Tabb coming back and Eric Albright. I think we’ll be fine at the position. I’m not going to say that anybody is going to do what Eric’s done because he’s a pretty special player. We’ll get a lot of production out of that position.”
How do you work through the holiday break with your team?
“I would like Thanksgiving a whole lot more if it didn’t fall during the season. If we could move it that’d be good. It’s tough when you’ve got to prepare a football team to play on Saturday. You have thanksgiving and the distractions that come with it. I don’t want to sound like a scrooge but I’m more concerned with that football team and being successful on Saturday. I don’t understand why you can’t be thankful every day of the year and why you’ve got to do it once.
"What we’re doing is we had normal practice today and will have normal practice tomorrow. We’ll have a normal Thursday practice but we’ll do it in the morning. We’ll allow a few guys go home that are close and then the others we will feed them here. We’ll have a thanksgiving meal with them and then bring them all back and put them all in the hotel Thursday night.”
Do you believe Duke will kick the ball away from Switzer and will teams follow the trend moving forward?
“That’s a good question. That’s something that we’ve been talking about since Sunday as a staff. Duke’s got a really good one too. His number is three and his name is Jameson Crowder. I think he’s averaging somewhere around 16 yards per return. He’s up there and he’s a returned a couple for touchdowns. The cat and mouse game of what are you going to do? Are you going to punt to him?
"It’s easy to say punt it out of bounds but that’s not always an easy thing to do. You lose a lot of yardage that way. We’re working through all that right now. Just knowing what we’re going to do on our punt team because we’re very similar. We’ve got a really punt team. They’ve got a really good punt team. We’ve got a really good punt return team. They’ve got a really good punt return team. That aspect of the game should be a lot of fun for people to watch.”
Comments on Duke and its season thus far:
“Ranked in the top 25 and they’re sitting in position if they win this game they will represent the Coastal Division in the championship game. They’re really playing good football. Dave’s done a great job with them. They’re good in all three phases actually. They are very sound football team. They don’t make mistakes. They’re where they’re supposed to be. They rally. They really do a great job of it. They’ve got some players on offense. With (Jamison Crowder) out there, No. 23 the running back, both quarterbacks are playing well and they’re really good on the offensive line.”
What kind of problems does the quarterback duo utilized by the Blue Devils present?
“They (Duke quarterbacks) both can do a lot. They both can throw and they both can run. They run 18 probably a little bit more. He does more of their wildcat type stuff but they have been productive with either one of them back there.”
Comments on Duke’s defense:
“They’ve made some picks when they really needed them in a game. They’ve caused some fumbles when they needed them. Their special teams units are pretty special.”
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