“He’s always liked them and always tried to stay close to them even when he committed [to Virginia Tech]. We talked about it all before and he just is looking for a place where he fits into the system, where he’s going to get a great education, and he obviously wanted a chance to be able to play sooner rather than later.”
What type of player is UNC gaining in Byrd?
“He’s a great kid. He’s a smart kid. He understands the game of football. He’s a very hard worker – he has a very good work ethic. He’s going to be the kind of kid that’s going to do what needs to be done to make whatever system you run effective. He’s selfless. He’s a team player. He’s going to be a good teammate, he’s going to work hard, [and] he’s the kind of guy you want on your team.”
How would you describe Byrd as a quarterback?
“He’s kind of a pocket passer with mobility. He’s a big ole guy, but he’s more mobile than you think he is. He’s really more of a pocket passer, really and truly, but he can move – he does have that added dimension. He has the physical tools – he has the size and the arm strength and the intelligence, but he also has a little more mobility than you think he would by just looking at his size.”
What type of offense do you run at Veterans and what piece of the offensive puzzle is Byrd?
“We go as he goes. We’re going to do some things under center [and] we’re going to do some things in the gun. He’s going to be a big part of that – even in our running game. We like to take advantage of him running the football. And we plan on developing our play-action a little bit more this year.”
How do you think he’ll adapt to UNC’s one-back, no-huddle, balanced spread offense.
“I think he’ll fit just fine. He’s smart. He’ll pick it up quick. He’s smart about knowing where to distribute the football and reading the defense and reading his keys. He’ll pick it up in a hurry.”