Monday PC Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Monday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates and Deunta Williams.

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With the injury situation at running back, does Ryan Houston become an option?
"It is a possibility. It's something that Ryan and I discussed [on Sunday]. We've talked about it a little bit. We've talked about the pros and the cons. It's something that's going to probably be discussed again before the week is over with. A lot of it will obviously have to do with the health of some of the other guys and their availability before we would make any kind of final determination. It's a tough balancing act. It's one of those things, what's best for the team, what's best for the kid. It's a confliction."

Is that because the division is still in play?
"Just the success of the team. You have to ask yourself all of the time, ‘What's the best thing we can do for our football team?' When you make decisions on who you recruit and who you play and how you play and how you practice. So yeah, it puts into play the success of the team versus a particular individual. Obviously, we made the decision a couple of weeks ago that barring any unforeseen incidents, we would have liked to red-shirted Ryan. Right now we haven't changed that opinion, but it could change."

How much work are you going to give Ryan this week?
"A lot of that will depend upon the availability of the other players. We won't know that until tomorrow."

If Ryan isn't there to help, what kind of role could Hunter Furr play?
"Clearly, his role could dramatically change. We were very proud of what he did. He came into the game in a limited role and he did an outstanding job. He'll get significantly a lot more work. It's pretty safe to say that he's not going to be the scout team running back this week."

On Shaun Draughn:
"He had a sprained ankle… He was walking okay [after the game]. There's a difference in walking to the bus and running away from defenders."

How is Johnny White holding up?
"Tough, emotionally it was difficult for him after the game and certainly yesterday in the team meeting. You guys have watched that kid play this year. Nobody's put more passion into the way he's played. Everybody's loved how hard he's played, how much he sacrifices. For him to have a fractured collarbone is just really sad for him."

On the team dealing with adversity:
"I think our kids have done an outstanding job of being able to compartmentalize… They've been remarkably resilient. They've said, ‘Okay, here's the challenge of the week, this is what we've got to do, this is who we are and this is how we're going to have to play the game.' That's the way that they've prepared and they've pretty much answered the bell for the last five or six weeks."


On the importance of the Virginia Tech game:
"We look at every week as the biggest game of the year, but this is even more important because it determines the rest of the way. If we have any shot, this is definitely going to be that shot for us to get into the ACC title game. So this is a must-win for us. We're looking at it as the biggest game of the year right now."

On losing Johnny White for the season:
"It's frustrating. He was such an explosive player and he came up huge for us in so many games as far as breaking the game wide open in some game-winning type of situations. It's extremely frustrating, not only for us, but for him. That's going to be the last game he played in a Carolina uniform and he's crushed by it, so everybody's feeling for him."


On Ryan Houston:
"He wants a chance at the league. He wants a whole season to be the starting running back and he doesn't want it to come from injuries and all of this other stuff. It's just a decision that him and Coach Davis and his family will have to make."

This team has come together so well this year. Do you think the full roster would have played as well even with more talent?
"I think the adversity really helped that a lot, but there's no doubt in my mind that we would have been undefeated – at all."

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