Ponder to Make Return vs. Georgia Tech

Junior safety Lovon Ponder will make his return to the field on Saturday when the Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Ponder spoke with Canestime about a multitude of subjects, including his injury status, what happened against North Carolina, what's been stressed to the team this week, and what to expect against Georgia Tech.

Lovon Ponder had several interesting things to say.

On his injury status:

I feel really good. I feel about 100percent. I've been practicing since Duke week (at full speed). I don't even think about it (the injury). I'm just working hard so I can get a lot of reps and maybe split reps with Coop (Willie Cooper.

On what the rotation at safety is going to look like on Saturday:

It depends on how the coaches want to call the game on game day. If he wants us to rotate four different safeties or if he wants us to rotate three different safeties, it doesn't matter whatever his decision is.

On fixing the defense's problems:

[We need to] Just have guys working on it after practice and watching more film so we know a team's tendencies so we can limit some of those mistakes that we make.

On the North Carolina game:

Guys weren't tackling, communication was off. It was just simple things that we go through day by day that you just need to work on and keep working on.

Like Coach Swasey said, I think we kind of came out and underestimated that North Carolina team. We should respect every one of our opponents, and I don't want to say we didn't respect them, we didn't respect them to the point where we thought they'd get us down 27-0.

On what to look for against Georgia Tech:

They are a great running team. They have a great running back in Tashard Choice. I would really say he's behind our two guys and is the third best running back in the ACC. He's a good back. He's a guy that they try to get the ball to.

On Coach Shannon and what he has done to battle complacency during games and practices:

What Coach Shannon is doing now is getting in guys' faces, making guys run, just getting in the guys' face, making us have a sense of urgency about ourselves.

On the level of frustration with not fully ‘gelling' yet:

We're a good team. It's just some early things, some mistakes that guys made that really didn't have us playing right.


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