Shannon: They got us in the fourth quarter

Randy Shannon sat down with the media on Sunday morning to discuss the 28-24 loss to North Carolina game in depth. After watching film, Shannon had a number of things to touch including the secondary, the upperclassmen, and a few injuries from Saturday. Read on for Part One of this interview.

Opening Statement: "…They got us in the last quarter. There was a punt was blocked, the players played lackadaisical, and they thought if they just played punt safe that it'd be ok. The guy came hard and tipped the football. It should have been a block and that is why I've bee stressing that we didn't finish the game. We didn't finish the fourth quarter. I thought offensively, we did a lot of great things offensive. Cooper had his second game rushing for over 100 yards. Robert threw the ball well and spread the ball around the football field. The last three minutes of the game we needed to move the football and we had two penalties that got us in that series. That is our offense and we needed to get a first down, and we didn't do it. We've worked on it all summer and we can keep doing it. It might seem like we are getting better at things we are trying to correct and then mix up other things and now we have to go and work on getting the total package for the next week's opponents."

On the team's second to final drive…
Our plan was to run the ball and get some yards and run out the clock to use their timeouts. If we punt the ball well and Bosher gets the football to the 20/15, that is 80 yards to go and it was a different ball game, but a guy came through and Bosher rushed and the ball was probably tipped.

On the upperclassmen making the mistakes in the fourth quarter…
The young guys, they aren't freshmen anymore. They have game experience and they are playing their butts off. All of them. They are doing their job and executing what we are doing offensively and defensively. This game was the most we had the most penalties in all season. They were key penalties at the wrong time. You don't stop the clock on a holding penalty with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. You don't get moved backwards. The deep ball was a blown coverage. But blown coverages, if Bruce (Johnson) was there to make the tackle. He is a veteran, he has to make the tackle. If you do, you are on the 40-yard line and you are there to lineup again.

This team has grown so much from last season with the quarterback play and how it has developed. The offense now going on. Defensively you shut down the run game. But we are still giving up the deep ball.

**The Tar Heels scored three touchdowns on third and long situations.**

On the blown coverages…
We were in Cover 3. Everyone just play deep. (Each level has a third of the field). The player went into another guys third and it resulted in a touchdown. Those are the things that upset you.

We told them to watch out for the deep ball, the seam route, it is their favorite play…

On the secondary…
We just need to work on that. I wish we had…we have good players, we just need to coach them up. We are juts nicked up. We lost Vaughn Telemaque for a while. Carlos (Armour) is in and out of being nicked. Now you have Chavez (Grant) going in and out because he is nicked. Now you have Bruce (Johnson), Brandon (Harris), and (DeMarcus) Van Dyke and we have no other corners. At safety we are down to three. (Lovon) Ponder just came back from special teams. Joe Wylie is out. You just have to keep going and coaching. Need to go out and fill the need in recruiting and coach these guys up to get a whole lot better. We'll go assess the problem and challenge some guys because there are too many deep balls.

**Randy notes there will be no one moved to defensive back.**

On the upperclassmen…
They are just doing too much. They know it, but it is just the way we are. We demand so much out of them. We don't need those guys to make mistakes. They were stressing that what they were doing were mistakes. That makes you feel good as a coach, but we still lost.

On Xavier Shannon's snaps…
They are not by design. He is pulling the ball (to the right). He is snapping and moving at the same time. We need to work on it this week. He did it last week, but this week he was a bit too obvious about it. Robert has great hands. He has great vision and he doesn't panic. He just goes with the flow.

On Florida State this week…
If there is a good thing about that, it is that it gives us no time to think and dwell. We need to snap back, its an ACC game and its FSU. After we watch film they'll come back and we'll start Tuesday with practice.

On Robert Marve's leadership…
That is what I said about he and Jacory (Harris). They take responsibility for everything. They are leaders. They take the pressure off everyone else and put it on themselves.

**Randy noted that because of the injury to Thearon Collier (read on for more on that) WR Jermaine McKenzie may move up and see action in his place. It looks like McKenzie will be playing the slot position should he move up, which is where Collier played.

Injury Report
WR Thearon Collier is out, injury was not specified. He did indeed go to the hospital last night. Stay tuned.
CB Chavez Grant was nicked up during the game but as per Chavez last night, he should be fine.

Stay tuned for later on in the day for more from Sunday's Press Conference. Including Orlando Franklin being moved into a reserve role amongst many other things.


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