Salahuddin finished the game with six tackles which tied him for second most on the North Carolina squad. He also had a big stop on a South Carolina fake punt attempt that resulted in an eight-yard loss for the Sandlappers and a huge swing in momentum in favor of North Carolina.
Pack Pride caught up with him after the game for his thoughts.
How did you like playing the outside linebacker/defensive end position?
It let me roam around the field which is what I like to do best. It was just a great experience going out there and doing what I love to do.
How good was South Carolina and how much trouble were they giving you guys, particularly in the first half?
It was tough out there. Going into the second half we were down so we had to go in the locker room and regroup. But then we came out more aggressive and had some fun.
How satisfying was it to you personally to bring this win back to North Carolina?
Personally, it was good to represent my school, my community and my family and then my state. So I'm just glad we brought it back to North Carolina.
Was the upgrade in talent from a regular high school game noticeable out there?
Yes sir. From the first kickoff I could tell the speed just elevated greatly so you just have to go out there and do what you've got to do.
Did you feel any pressure to go out and make plays considering you weren't initially picked to be on the team?
I felt like I had to. I mean, not being picked made me mad a little bit so I had to show it out there on the field.
What's your focus now that football season is over?
The kitchen, I gotta eat. I gotta get ready for them linemen. State's telling me I've got to put some weight on and I have to because I'm going to have to go up against them 300 pound linemen so I've got to get ready for it.
K'Hadree Hooker said you and James Summers were working on Todd Gurley for the Pack. What's the latest?
It's hard to say. He's giving us signs... he's thrown up the Wolfpack. So we've got to get him down to Raleigh to see what we can do.