Locker Room Report: Amato

<B>RALEIGH, NC --</b> Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato met the media following the Georgia Tech loss and here's a sampler of what he had to say.

Opening Statement:
I don't really know how to start this. I'm disappointed for our people and for all those in the Wolfpack community. Our kids fought their fanny off. There's a lot of things that you all don't know, and it's none of your business really. I'm embarrassed.

We have got to analyze what we're doing with all these injuries we have... to make sure we have the right people in the game to be able to do things and help us move the football.

Our defense played as good as it could under all the circumstances. We got three turnovers on Georgia Tech which accounted for seven points. They got three interceptions on us which was directly responsible for 21 points. I think that's the game in a nutshell.

You've got to make plays, and you've got to put points on the board. We had too many times in the first half where we had opportunities to score. We could have been up 28-0, we could have been up 21-3, and we could have 28 points...anything from 14-28. We didn't take advantage of those opportunites when we were unable to put points on the board.

Our team was ready, and they had a great week of preparation. Maybe the best thing in the world is a short week where they have to get back at it.

Did Tramain Hall get hurt?
Tramain had back problems that started during warm-ups. So add him to the list... add him to the list.

Chuck, I know you've got all the confidence in Jay Davis, but do you have to re-evaluate the position?
Well, there's no doubt, but who do you want me to put in? Really it would be unfair for us to put in somebody that isn't ready yet, and I don't mean that negative towards that young man. That would have been unfair for him.

We've just got to see if Marcus is capable of coming back this week. He's got to be honest, because I don't want to do anything to jeopardize his career. It's all going to be on the knee because the hand's fine. They are taking stiches out of his hand either Sunday or Monday. It's all on whether Marcus' knee will be ready to go.

I know earlier in the year Jay did some bad things, we took him out, and Jay could see things. Like against Wake Forest... and he felt comfortable.

We've got to look at what we're doing, with what we have left, and analyze it to give our team as best a chance to win these last two games.

With Tech's defense stopping the run, did Jay end up having too much on his plate today?
We thought that we could move the football on them, and that was going to be in the play action part of it. But, on third and long, not many people will bite on play action.

What are you embarrassed about?
I'm embarrassed because the people are so in to the game. I'm embarrassed with the fact that we lost. I say the word embarrassed but that's probably the wrong word.

We had the opportunity to win that game. We've had opportunities to win an awful lot of games. We've got to take advantage of those opportunities when they arise... no matter who is hurt and who is not hurt.

I'm not going to stand up here and use an excuse. I was not raised that way.

You mentioned what to do with the injuries and having the right people in.
Well, I mean #82 was limping at the end of the game. Tramain didn't play. Richard Washington is out. Marcus Stone is out. T.A. McLendon is not all the way healthy. Do I need to go any further? With whatever's left, I have to see what we can do... even if we have to go to the wishbone. Those are the cards we're dealt with right now.

I wish I could say that Jed Paulsen, Derek Morris, and Leroy Harris were going to return because that would help a lot of things. They are seasoned players. But, those other two fought their fanny off up front.

With all the turnovers and penalties, how do you keep from pulling your hair out?
Well, maybe because I don't have enough left. I've got to be positive. These kids are youngsters. In the first half we had three penalties in the kicking game. We had a penalty on an interception. All three in the kicking game were a block in the back, a block in the back, and a personal foul. I guess they called a hold on the touchdown run.

Believe me, these kids know it. They want to do so good, it's just like our own children when they do something wrong. That's foolish. We couldn't have picked a better slogan than the word 'discipline,' but we sure aren't. When you make foolish penalties like that, it helps magnify the other things.

Is the protection still there for Jay that he was getting before?
The protection is there, but people are doing some things to take advantage of who's there. Inexperience. It all goes together now. I don't know how many times he was sacked today, but too many.

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