Wednesday Butch Davis Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina head coach Butch Davis spoke with reporters Wednesday for his weekly ACC teleconference.

On Georgia Tech:
"They have an offensive line that has an enormous amount of starting and playing time. They give up very few sacks and very few pressures. And a defense that's ranked sixth in the nation right now that puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your offense, and so we've really got to be efficient. We've got to do a better job than we've done in some of the previous games in taking care of the football, and we've got to continue to try to emphasize that we need to be more balanced offensively. We've got to have some semblance of a running game, and I think that will certainly give us an opportunity to win the game."

On how much he knew about this team before spring practice:
"I really didn't have any existing knowledge prior to spring practice. I really did go into spring practice with the idea that it was a clean slate and I wanted to evaluate everybody. And that's kind of what we've done for the last 10 months – evaluate every single player in every single aspect from their football intelligence to their football athletic ability, from the way they compete, from the way [they are] academically, their character [and] their commitment to the team. I mean we've evaluated everything that they've done."

On senior defensive end Hilee Taylor:
"He has just made an enormous impact on me. I am such a huge Hilee Taylor fan. I think he has get character, he has passion, his preparation [and] he plays hard. He's unselfish, he's always trying to help the young guys – he is a consummate collegiate – potentially NFL – football player. You just love everything about him."

On the running game:
"We're going to try to look at what we're doing, and we're going to try to evaluate – ‘What does our offensive line do best?' What about the tight ends, what can our receivers [do], because this defense presents significant challenges because of the nature in which they play defense. They don't give up big plays, and they try to create as many negative plays as possible. It really makes you focus on responsibilities, assignments and accountability, because guys are moving all of the time – they're slanting, they're stunting, they're blitzing, they're coming off the edge and fire-zoning on the inside.

"It's the college version, probably, of the Pittsburgh Steelers – the style in which they play defense. And so I think that our plans are to take a look at what we do best, what are the things that we would like to do and how does it fit with what they do. And then try to have consistency and some continuity and actually executing better than we've been executing."

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