Wednesday Practice Notebook + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina coach John Bunting spoke to reporters following Wednesday's practice. Here are some notes regarding his comments and the complete audio for premium subscribers.

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The Tar Heels' (0-2, 0-1 ACC) rushing (129.0 yards per game) and passing (206.5) numbers are not horrible, but anyone who has watched their first two games recognizes the struggles the offense has had moving the football.

Bunting has said he's disappointed, but not discouraged by his team's overall play. The defense bounced back slightly last week, but the offense still sputtered at times.

"I feel encouraged by a number of things I saw on tape last week," Bunting said. "We're a little bit off track in making our running game go. I feel good about our continuity week-to-week-to-week. I think our offensive line is going to get better and help us run the football.

"I feel good about our protection. And I feel good about the way our quarterbacks have responded Tuesday and Wednesday."

  • With the announcement that redshirt freshman Cam Sexton will start this week, some have questioned if Coach Bunting made the right decision starting the season with junior transfer Joe Dailey. Both have engineered scoring drives, but they have also been plagued by interceptions.

    "Everything I said during training camp is absolutely, totally true. Everything I said at the beginning of the season was absolutely, totally true. Joe earned the right to start, and Cam the right to play. Now we're going to give Cam a chance to start, and Joe will play.

    "I don't know how that rotation will be, but Joe is going to play in that first half at sometime – maybe in the first quarter. They have taken it well. On the practice field, I feel very comfortable with what I see.

    A two quarterback system is not a secret weapon. It can throw some defenses off, but in the end, the Tar Heels' offense simply has to be more productive, Bunting said.

    "We're going to throw the football. We're going to have to block. We're going to have to catch the football. We're going to have to block for the punter."

  • Safety Kareen Taylor was held out of practice on Wednesday with a high ankle sprain. His status for Saturday's game is undetermined at this point.

    "My biggest concern is that we have him healthy for the season," Bunting said. "I'm going to follow the lead of the trainers. They're going to help me make that decision along with Kareen. I want to make sure he's perfectly healthy."

  • Offensive lineman Ben Lemming worked only on the stationary bicycle, suffering from an undisclosed illness.

    "He has been pronounced almost 100 percent," Bunting said. "I think by tomorrow and Friday we're going to exercise him some and test him some. We hope he'll be able to go next week."

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