Andre' Powell Q&A + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina running backs coach Andre' Powell spoke to reporters following Saturday's scrimmage at Kenan Stadium. Read and listen to what he had to say…

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Did Ronnie [McGill] run much today?

"He ran some. Next week the intensity with his reps is going to pick up. I'm going to come around with Barrington [Edwards] a little bit. Then next week we'll kind of get them back fresh. I've been running Barrington a bunch and Ronnie not so much. I've got to switch that around. I don't want to wear one out. We've still got two weeks to get them ready after next week."

On Edwards' camp –

"He's had an outstanding training camp. I think he's grown up a little bit. He's being more disciplined with the eyes, and he's running hard. He's practicing with high energy. He's where we expected him to be."

Explain running with the eyes –

"Each play has a point of aim, tempo, primary and secondary read. One doesn't work without the other. That was the biggest thing he didn't do last year. He just got the ball and ran. He ran hard, but he ran blindly. When you run blindly, obviously the results won't be what you want."

Importance of Edwards contribution this year –

"Last year Ronnie got hurt, and we only had one guy – Barrington and a true freshman. We don't want to get caught in that situation a year. Right now with Ronnie, Barrington, Justin Warren and Richie Rich, we're going to have some guys going into a game where there won't be much drop off. There will be some drop off, but it won't be as much."

On Rich –

"He's made some good strides. He needs to mature. Football has got to be really important to him. He's got to toughen up a little bit. Remember he's a redshirt freshman and he hasn't paid the price that a senior has. He doesn't have the investment, and sometimes it's not important. When you're trying to speed up maturity, it's hard to do. It's something you have to do from within. His reps will reflect his intensity level and how important it is to him."

On Anthony Elzy –

"I see a lot of potential. He's big, and he's powerful. He's still young, and he doesn't know how to practice hard all the time. He's talented."

How are the running backs and quarterbacks working together?

"Good. It's very important for us to protect the quarterback. That's our No. 2 goal. Our No. 1 goal is to protect the ball. The No. 2 goal is to protect the quarterback at all cost. The more comfortable he feels in the pocket when they're blitzing and our linemen need help, we'll be more successful. So we spend a lot of time on pass protection. Our primary goal in the passing game is check downs. We've got to make sure we're where we're supposed to be so we can influence the coverage."

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