Everett Withers Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Everett Withers said on his radio program Wednesday night? He gave injury updates on Casey Barth, Kevin Reddick, Jon Smith, Ebele Okakpu and Cam Holland during the live call-in show hosted by Jones Angell ...

On the Louisville victory:
"I think in the first half we were flat, obviously. We had one guy here making a mistake on offense, one guy here making a mistake on defense, and the same thing in the kicking game. At halftime, we all came in and we all took a deep breath. The game was tied at 0-0. We were like, ‘We're thankful that we're tied 0-0 so we can come out and start the game over.'

On the difference in offensive production in the first half vs. second half against Louisville:
"I'll tell all of you guys this – I think they had had our signal caller on offense in the first half. So we changed signal callers in the second half and I think that had a lot to do with it, to be honest with you. We think they had our run-pass signals in the first half, so we changed our signal callers in the second half."

On the second-half defense adjustments against the Cardinals:
"We stopped the run better. We forced them to throw the ball and then we were able to get after the quarterback a little bit better. We did lose contain a few times and he escaped on us, but I thought we were able to stop the run better in the second half and we able to get after the quarterback more."

On Dwight Jones's touchdown play:
"We finally were able to catch them in a blitz and in zero coverage. Bryn [Renner] did a great job of recognizing the one-on-one on the outside with Dwight. Dwight did a great job catching the ball when they were trying to strip the ball from him, and what a great effort to get into the end zone."

On Jones winning the 50-50 balls:
He's such a big target [and] he's such an athletic guy that really, if you just throw the ball up to him, he's got a great chance of going up to get it. He thinks he owns those balls now, and that's what you want your receivers to do. When the ball is up, it's theirs."

Injury update on Casey Barth:
"Casey actually did a little bit of kicking this week. We don't want to rush Casey, but he actually did some at practice [on Wednesday]. Hopefully in the near future we'll get him back out there kicking."

On the three defensive players – Kevin Reddick, Ebele Okakpu and Jon Smith – that sat out against Louisville due to ankle injuries:
"The three guys on defense suited up and came to practice [on Wednesday] and did some things. Kevin did a little bit in individual [drills]. Ebele actually practiced the entire practice today, so he did well, and Jon Smith did some things in individual today, so we'll see how they are [on Thursday] morning and make a decision probably after [Thursday's] practice."

On the health of starting center Cam Holland:
"Cam's back is still not where we want it to be, so there's a chance that he could be doubtful for the game."

With there not being a bye week on the horizon, how tough is it dealing with nagging injuries on a week-to-week basis?
"Obviously, you have to practice smart. We have to make sure that we take care of them in practice – stay off the ground and those types of things. But it's part of the game. That's why you build depth. That's why you practice a number of guys. That's why you practice a two-deep and get a third guy ready. That's why you do things to have guys ready to step up and play because it's the teams that have the good No. 2 and 3 guys that have to play in Week 7-8-9 that are the teams that win championships."

On the play of linebackers Darius Lipford and Fabby Desir in their starts against Louisville:
"I thought they did well. In the first half, I thought they were feeling their way through and trying to understand the speed of the game, but I thought they really turned it on and played well in the second half."

On Josh Adams:
"I've been real proud of Josh. He went through that ailment and obviously recovered from it. He's been back out to practice [and] he's been really working hard on the practice field. I've also seen his motivation in the classroom pick up, so I think he's back on track. In fact, we've talked in the last couple of weeks about starting to add more to his role, because he's earned it in how he's practiced on the practice field."

'Everett Withers Live' airs Wednesday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.

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