Q&A with Joe Dailey

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina's starting quarterback Joe Dailey talked with the media after practice Tuesday evening ...

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How does it feel to know you're starting?

"It's exciting, but at the same time you know things don't really change for us or myself - I feel that as a team we have to go to work day in and day out. Only thing that changes is I have a title now, it's not set in stone, but it's a title nonetheless and I've got to go to work."

Did you know this decision was coming?

"It could have went either way. Cam and I are really no different. Both have got the same talent, same strengths ... at the time I guess the coaches feel I was ready for it. But at any moment Cam can come in and play - that's the way I understand it and I respect it very much so."

Coach Cignetti talked about the importance of your learning to read through your progressions - can you talk about how you learned to do that?

"When I first entered college football in the West Coast offense, I had some difficulty because it was a very dynamic offense and you've got to learn to read difference concepts on each side ... you've got to be able to pick up on it, look at the defensive front and know from that where you've got to go with the ball ... now imagine putting some routes into that. So it was a lot more difficult for me when I was younger, but now Coach Cignetti has put an offense together that makes it easier for the quarterback to make things happen - go through all your progressions and find the open guy."

Jesse Holley talks about the dedication you've shown studying and preparing ...

"The big thing with me is I believe it's not about being better than the next guy - the more football you know the faster you'll play. I take that to heart. If you know what the defense is doing, their strengths and weaknesses, you can really take advantage and make good plays. That's why I think this offseason I spent a great deal of time learning defenses and learning this offense - comprehending everything that goes into it, all our adjustments."

When you were transferring from Nebraska, how close did you come to choosing Rutgers?

"It was between Rutgers and North Carolina. I visited Rutgers first with one of my best friends and that was a great experience to come back home and be close to my family - and I was familiar with head coach Greg Schiano the coaching staff. I was real excited about it, I liked what they had to show me, and then I visited North Carolina two days later and really fell in love with this place. The atmosphere, the coaches they had here ... I felt like I made the right decision."

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