UNC-W&M: Postgame Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes audio from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates, Kendric Burney and Johnny White, who spoke to the media following UNC's 21-17 victory over William & Mary on Saturday.

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Opening comments:
"Obviously, it's good to win the game. Coming into this ballgame, our kids had respect for William & Mary. They are who they are and have the record they had and they are a very well-coached football team. I think that our football team also learned that they have to play well, they can't put the ball on the ground, can't make communication mistakes on kickoffs, and you have to execute a lot better than we did. We were fortunate enough to not dig too big of a hole and we put ourselves in a position to dig ourselves out. "At halftime we talked about what it was going to take to win the football game. It was going to take all three phases, there wasn't going to be any margin for error. I think our offensive line showed up tonight and Johnny White ran the ball really well and gave us the play that we needed to flip not only the emotions but also the score."

On how this game typifies the season:
"I think that it would probably be a pretty good analogy. It's been a microcosm of a lot of things that have happened this year. As in the case of this football team, throughout the course of the year, they've showed a lot of resilience. Even though it looked ugly and at times we didn't play as well as we'd have liked, they kept fighting, kept competing. Later on, obviously, some good things started to happen."

On Mike Paulus's play:
"I thought he played very well. I had a chance to talk to him afterwards and told him he played extraordinarily well. He's done a remarkable job this year to help them win those games, and he played well tonight."

On Quan Sturdivant:
"We didn't play Quan Sturdivant tonight. It was a gametime decision. We thought about the possibility of playing him 12 plays each half, but the way the game unfolded we were never able to get him into the game."


On his emotions when White scored his touchdown:
"A lot of relief. We knew it was going to be a struggle going into the second half, but when he busted off that long run, it was definitely a good feeling because we knew we had taken the lead."

On the necessity of getting this win:
"It's really big. If we hadn't have been able to pull this game out, it would have been a big hit for us. We just knew we had to pull it out for the rest of the season because this game was so important for us. We had to come out with the win."

On Paulus and where he's improved:
"Everybody knew he had a lot of skill. He's a very good thrower and he's mobile. His thing was just getting into a system that worked for him and getting comfortable. He showed that he's very confident and very decisive in all of his throws and reading his coverages throughout the game. That's the thing I think he's improved the most on."


On the win:
"Anytime you win, whether it's William & Mary or its USC or Florida State, it doesn't matter - it's a win. That's the thing we got to go into every game looking at. No matter who the opponent is, we have to play the way we know how to play."

On changes in defense:
"You have to know your opponent and how they play. Mike Paulus threw some great balls in the first half and you just have to give him credit for that."

On returning after missing the first seven games:
"With that scenario, everybody makes mistakes and I can admit that we made a mistake coming into the season. I'm just thankful that God gave me a second chance to play football, and we are just going to build as a team and learn a lot later in life about that."

Was the length of your suspension fair?
"As fair as it could possibly be. You can't take anything for granted. I'm back out here, so regardless of whether it was six, seven or eight games – if I didn't play this game and came back next week – just the opportunity to be back out here with my teammates… You just thank God for that and come back out here and play as hard as you can."


On having a career game:
"It was just a great feeling. I just thank God that the offensive line just came together for us in the second half and really blocked their tails off for the tight ends and tailbacks and receivers."

On the team's mentality in the second half:
"We just felt a sense of urgency that we just needed to get it together. I felt like in the second half we couldn't waste any possession because we just played a really good team, no matter if they are I-AA or whatever. They didn't really mess up or miss any picks or blow any coverages or anything, so we knew that we were going to come in and play a team that wouldn't beat themselves."

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