Scrimmage: Irving, O'Brien Audio + Quotes

RALEIGH, N.C. - Nate Irving and Tom O'Brien give their thoughts on the news that Irving will not return to the field this season.

Tom O'Brien Audio

"They told him it would be best if he sat out this year."

"He was our No. 1 rated defensive player and when you lose your best player it makes an impact on the defense and on the football team."

"He can speak for himself but the initial shock was not what he wanted to hear but the more he met with the doctors and made it through his appointments he realized the best thing would be for him not to push it this year."

"Maybe if we can get ourselves in a January bowl maybe he – six months, that what they are saying – he might be there."

"Desmond, he's gonna transfer he's gonna go to a junior college. Also Michael Lemon will be joining the team as of tomorrow. We've done extensive work with him and we're very satisfied with the issues that he had when he left Georgia. We've had a lot of conversations with coach Richt and a lot of people and we are very satisfied with the individual we are getting."

"Everett Proctor had surgery today on his right shoulder, he tore a labrum and he'll be out for the season. That's the only surgical case thus far."

"I don't think [the linebacker situation] is going to be settled until we get ready to make the depth charts for the South Carolina game. The last one left standing may be the guy."

"[During the scrimmage] I thought the defense was sloppy in the first half. It seemed like the offense came out and got the better hand. But the defense played much better in the second half."

"Toney Baker is getting a little better, showing a little more towards where we need to see him."

"By the numbers the quarterbacks were pretty good today - Russell made some great throws."

Nate Irving Audio

"I'm out now so there is nothing I can do about it – take what happened and move forward."

"I'm fine its just going to take some time to get back to normal."

"I was kind of expecting it because the injury was pretty severe and it wasn't just one. It was a couple of injuries so I kind of expected to miss a season."

"I'll be there to support the team in as many ways as I can but right now my focus is my health."

"I was really blessed to make it out of the accident I made it out of and to be here today as I am now. To be able to have another chance to play football somewhere down the road is another blessing. I don't have any complaints."

"I remember leaving home and then I woke up in the hospital."

"I'm just taking it one day at a time now. If everything goes good now then next year should take care of itself."

"I just want to thank everybody that has been there for me - came to see me in the hospital, gave me gifts, talked to me. Family, friends and everybody else that came - it meant a lot to me and it pushed me to get better."

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