Tuesday: Bunting PC Quotes + Audio

- Inside Carolina
Posted Sep 27, 2005

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina coach John Bunting addressed the media on Tuesday during his weekly press conference from the Kenan Football Center…

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"We've put last week's game behind us, we need to focus on Utah. It was fun to win the game -- it's good for our fans and players -- but our focus now is Utah and getting ready for them. As you know, they put quite a number on us last year - a record-setting defensive number with yards ...

"This game will be very similar in that they haven't changed much offensively or defensively in terms of what they do. They have a new defensive coordinator who has brought some wrinkles of his own. They don't have all the players back from last year, but they still have very good players. Their new quarterback is throwing the ball well. He's a very gifted athlete that makes a lot of plays for them and runs the ball extremely well. This is the fourth different offense we've faced in four weeks, so we're going to have to do a great job shifting gears in getting ready for something that is absolutely, totally different from what we've faced before.

"From an offensive standpoint, we need to continue to try and get the execution that we got in the second half of the [NC State] game and what we got from the offensive line in running the football. It's important that we continue to try and run the ball - it'll help our offense and obviously always helps our defense when you can do that. The big focus for me yesterday and again today was our special teams. We need a lot of improvement from last week. We almost gave the game away because of our poor play [there]."

"But there are a lot of good things that have happened and are happening. Matt Baker is playing well, it was great to see Barrington have a big game like that. The receivers played better - in particular Mike Mason made some big catches for us. On defense, the Tommy Davis and Tommy Richardson duo did some really good things and we need to continue to get them to play well like that."

"I expected [Tommy Davis] to have a really great senior year. Here was my concern - he missed a lot of training camp. As great as shape as he was in, he had a hamstring injury and he missed playing time. I don't care if you are a senior or an eighth year player in the NFL, when you miss a lot of playing time you aren't going to play as well. I think that hurt him in the first game. But I think since that time he's been practicing and playing, he's coming along. I expect him to continue to get better. We've played Kentwan Balmer more, which is helping Kentwan get better and Tommy stay fresher and play better. Probably one of the best things we have going on defense is we've got a little bit of a rotation going there. We're playing eight guys between 25 and 30 plays."

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