CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's defense was the biggest topic of the offseason and training camp. On Thursday, UNC will get to see how its revamped defense measures up against outside competition.
Senior middle linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said the Tar Heel defense plans to test South Carolina's new quarterback, Connor Mitch, and at the same time test the abilities of its own squad.
"Any time it's a first year starting quarterback you want to get in his face and rattle him," Schoettmer said. "He's not really prepared for the big stage, hopefully. So we're going to be aggressive. This first game is kind of a measuring stick of where we are defensively."
Head coach Larry Fedora expressed similar sentiments about finally seeing the new defense against another team.
"I am very anxious to see it," Fedora said. "You have no way of knowing until we get out there and start playing and play another team; how we react to all the scenarios that are going to come up in the game. I am anxious to see it. The defensive staff has done a great job in preparing them and coaching them. Now we have to turn them loose and let them play."
See the video above for Schoettmer's full interview.