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On the loss of Zack Pianalto:
"He's our leading receiver this year, both in yards and receptions.I think that speaks to the fact of how valuable that that particular player and that individual is to this offense...
"It's really a shame. He is such a terrific kid. There's almost nobody in this program that puts more heart and soul into playing and preparing and practicing and goes out there and plays as hard as he does. "It's certainly a loss for this football team."
Can you use Ryan Taylor in Pianalto's role?
"It's possible. Ryan's already got a pretty defined role with the team offensively, so we'll what we can add and if we're even going to stay with those personnel groupings. We may go four wide receivers this week."
On the potential of Ryan Houston red-shirting:
"As a matter of fact, Ryan and I are supposed to try and meet sometime this afternoon. He's got classes this morning. We're going to sit down and talk and find out… I think I know his wishes. I think in the best-case scenario, in the perfect world, he would like to red-shirt. In reality, it probably makes some sense. He's already missed six games, and if he has an opportunity to play a full 12 or 13 games next season, that's probably the best thing. But I think Ryan, as is the case with most of the kids on this football team, realize [that it's tough] to plan for the future when you don't know what will happen with Johnny White and Shaun Draughn. If they all stay healthy, then that's a perfect plan."
On Quan Sturdivant and the other injured Tar Heels:
"Same deal with all of those guys. We'll have a better idea after they get a couple of days of treatment."
On Kendric Burney:
"No update as of right now. He still has a remaining issue and we'll try to get some kind of closure as soon as possible."
On Michael McAdoo:
On Kevin Reddick and Michael McAdoo's offseason apartment fire:
"They lost a lot of personal effects and a lot of things that certainly meant a lot of things to them. The good news is they saved their lives. It didn't happen at night when they were asleep. You can imagine what potentially could have happened if it wasn't in the middle of the afternoon."
On the loss of Zack Pianalto:
"He's got such good feel on the inside as far as running routes and finding a zone. He's a really versatile player for us, as well, as far as blocking, so he's going to be hard to replace, but I know Ryan [Taylor] is going to do a good job feilling in for him. He's a strong, athletic guy that can catch the ball, so we're going to have to change up a little bit scheme-wise just to make up for that loss, but I think we'll good with it."
On Pianalto's odd knack for getting hurt after touchdowns:
"It's tough for him because it's happened so much to him. It's just kind of bad luck, for him especially, because it just seems to be that whenever he gets a touchdown, he gets hurt that play or soon afterwards. It's just one of those things where he got rolled up on wrong, the wrong way, and I just feel for him."
On dealing with his apartment fire:
"It was tough in the beginning. But as the season got going and training camp, I realized ... everybody got recruited for a reason and I guess coach (Butch) Davis recruited me for a reason. You've got to come in and play and step up just like those guys."
On escaping the fire:
"At the time it was happening, I didn't think nothing of it. [Roomate Michael McAdoo] asked why I didn't grab nothing. I mean, it's a fire. That's all you think about. When you see a fire, you're thinking about getting out. ... I just figured we'd be able to go back later and get some things, but I guess it led to bigger things."