Monday PC Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Monday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates and Bruce Carter, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels prepare for their home and ACC opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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Opening comments:
"It's good to be back for a game week. It's an exciting time – first home game in Kenan Stadium. Obviously, I think some of you are aware of the fact that [director of football communications] Kevin [Best] released a statement sometime this morning that Shaun Draughn had been cleared and will be able to join the team this week as an active participant. As far as Shaun's role, we're certainly going to try to get him back in the flow of things. There's been a period of time over the last couple of weeks where, because of the question of if and when he would be available, some of his roles during practice have been significantly minimized. One of the things that you hopefully learn today is that as quick and as soon as we find out anything about any of the other players, we're going to get you the information as soon and as quick as possible…

"But it is exciting to get back for the first home game at Kenan Stadium. I think the guys are excited about playing and are looking forward to the challenge this week."

Do you feel confident that some other players will be cleared this week?
"It's something that we have… We've taken the mindset that the guys that played against LSU, that's who we're going to play with, and if we're fortunate to get guys back at any particular time, that's good for us. But right now, we're practicing and preparing to play our game with the exact same football team. We got one player back today and that's a positive. That's a good thing…

"When the game was over with, we got a chance to look at the film [and] there were some kids that played in that game against LSU that we were very pleased with the way that they played. It's only a one-time game experience and it was a one-time opportunity, but there were some kids… The nine offensive linemen. There were some guys that came in there that were part of that second team offensive line that did a nice job. We played three different tight ends in the ball game and I think that was a positive. I think we played four or five different wide receivers and that was a little bit of a positive. Certainly, some of those young defensive backs. Let's be honest – I think that they pleasantly surprised and pleased our coaching staff. Some of those guys that had not been the premier players, they went in and did a nice job."

Would you go all of the way until gametime on Saturday again or would you cut it off midweek?

"I think their role would be determined by how early do you find out about their potential availability. Certainly, the longer the week goes, the less that they're going to have opportunities to impact and participate in the game."

On Mywan Jackson (concussion):
"He returned to practice yesterday. His availability throughout the course of the week will significantly improve."

On Marvin Austin:
"He is still in the process of earning his way back into practice."

He is the only one not practicing, though, right?
"That is correct."


On playing against a 3-4 defense:
"You've just got to be accurate, definitely. There are a lot more guys dropping into coverage. Sometimes there are different linebacker looks; there are guys in windows that aren't normally there in a normal 4-3 defense. Just knowing where everybody is at as much as possible, being efficient. You can't have any turnovers and just have to move the ball up and down the field."

Were you hoping that Kansas would beat Georgia Tech?
"I know it's going to be a good game, no matter what. They're going to come to play and so are we. We weren't worried about the outcome."

On the ACC's lackluster weekend:
"It didn't look too good for us. I know a lot of teams had some tough losses and some not-so-good performances, so that hurts the ACC a little bit in the outlook of conference-by-conference, but hopefully we'll get it back a little bit."


On defending Georgia Tech's unique offense:
"Every time you play them, the key word is ‘discipline.' You just want to go out there and play fundamentally sound, but at the same time, the entire game you've got to play disciplined. You don't want to do someone else's job. They could break off some big runs just with [you] trying to be greedy and trying to do two things at once. You can't do that against a team like Georgia Tech."

There seems to be a calmer atmosphere around here than the last time we talked to players here –
"Yeah, I believe so. I think it's just so we can get past it. I think with there being no news, it's also good news for us. We're just waiting around, but also, at the same time, we're going out there and practicing hard."

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