Shannon Talks UNC Game

Read on to find out what head coach Randy Shannon is saying about this week's matchup against North Carolina...

North Carolina is gonna be a tough challenge. We gotta go out and keep establishing what we gotta do. We cannot give up big pass plays. We gotta bear down as a defense and bear down as an offense and keep the rhythem going. Last week we started fast then went into a lull. We picked it back up in the fourth quarter. We gotta get better as a team.

On the Randy/Butch matchup:
It's no Randy Shannon vs. Butch Davis. Butch is a terrific coach. I worked with him as a coach and as a player. Butch is a guy who wants to win. He's gonna be very energetic and will have his guys ready to play. Some of his coaches, I've worked with, they're good guys. It's the University of Miami football team vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.

On the players' feelings about Butch:
Not a single player here was recruited by Butch. The only connection is that I worked with Butch and that was a long time ago.

On UNC's struggling record:
They're not a bad football team. Look at what they're doing on the field. They're playing hard and keeping games close. It's just like Duke. They're gonna play hard and keep fighting till the wire and try to pull it out at the end.

On this game compared to the one in 04:
It's a totally different team. It won't be at night time, it won't be a packed house. It may be packed but it's a noon game and the crowd will be different.

On ACC play:
It's our second game. Virginia's played some games early. Boston College played some early. We just gotta stay focused on what we need to get done vs. North Carolina. If I look far ahead, I'll lose focus. I only gotta worry about North Carolina. I think (Bobby) Bowden did a great job out of conference last week. Ralph Freidgen did a great job out of conference. That helps the conference.

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