Butch Davis Wednesday Post-Practice:
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* The post-practice media session ended with Davis taking a television news reporter to task over a question concerning the Clemson head coaching position. The second-year head coach was asked about statements made on a Charlotte radio station linking Davis and the Tigers, and that inquiry did not sit well, leading to a back-and-forth between the two.
“You're actually going to ask that question?” Davis said. “He didn't say that. No, he didn't say that, did he? You actually heard him say that? You heard him say that?”
The reporter replied: “I did not hear that. That's what was related to me from my station.”
Davis then ended the interview, but not before saying, “Then don't ask questions on that. And no, I have not.”
* The Tar Heels are primarily using their bye week to rest and get healthy, but Davis indicated that the staff has also been encouraging players to look at game film of next weekend’s opponent, Georgia Tech. It’s essentially an introduction to the Yellow Jacket’s personnel and various formations, since they still have a game on Saturday against Florida State.
“You’re always reluctant to get too far down the line with your game plan with a team that hasn’t played the final game that they’re going to play, because it can certainly skew some of the numbers, computer-wise, and some of the down-and-distance tendencies and personnel,” Davis said.
One thing is for sure – it’s hard not to be impressed with the 236.6 yards of rushing offense that the Yellow Jackets average every week, good for ninth nationally.
“Georgia Tech has caught everybody’s attention with the success that they’ve had running the football and the big plays that they’ve made,” Davis said. “Several of their opponents they’ve totally dominated the time of possession, because they just keep churning out first down after first down after first down. You’ve got to be an extraordinarily disciplined defense. You can’t be very flamboyant and you won’t be very sophisticated. You’re just going to have to do a great job of playing the scheme.”
* Greg Little is expected to resume his role from last season at wide receiver, with expanded responsibilities due to Brandon Tate’s absence. Davis believes that once the Durham, N.C sophomore gets back into the wideout routine, he will see more opportunities at what is “maybe his most natural position.”
Little gained about 15 pounds in the offseason to handle the trench warfare associated with being a college running back, but even with the move back to wide receiver, Davis doesn’t think the additional pounds will pose a problem.
“Just take a look at some of the bigger receivers in the National Football League – they’re all in the 215-220 pound [range],” Davis said. “He carries it fine. He runs, he cuts. I don’t think that will be an issue with him at all.”
* National recruiting websites were just getting started during Davis’ tenure at Miami, but they have exploded since then. He shared his thoughts on the recruiting services during the interview session.
“Those people work extremely hard,” Davis said. “They network, they call, [and] they try to get inside information from high school coaches. Sometimes it’s relatively reliable, because those guys are doing their footwork. We pay attention to them, we look at them, but we try to deal predominantly just with the athlete and the high school coach and his parents, that way you hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.”
* North Carolina currently sits at 2-2 in the ACC’s Coastal Division, and is a full game back of division leader Virginia (3-1). But Davis reiterated on Wednesday that the Tar Heels will continue to focus on themselves during the stretch run in November.
“As we’ve talked about with this football team all year long, we want the best game that we play all season to be the last one, so if we’ll kind of stay with that concept, I think we’ll be okay,” Davis said.