Larry Edwards Q&A + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina senior linebacker Larry Edwards spoke to reporters Tuesday. Read and listen to what he had to say...

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What do you know about South Florida's quarterback?

"He seems athletic-he moves around and he throws the ball pretty good. Our game plan is to stay aggressive like we did this past weekend against Miami. We want to get him off his rhythm and get the offense a little confused and dictate the pace of the game and that's what we plan to do this coming Saturday."

Larry, you're from down there, do you know any of the guys on their team?

"I have a lot of friends on the South Florida team so it is going to be a good thing just seeing everybody, but, again it's a game, it's a competition, so I am going to go out there and play my hardest and know we are not going to be friends on the field but after everything is over we are still going to be good buddies."

What kind of challenge is to get back up every week after a 20 point loss or 30 point loss?

"It's always a challenge coming off of any type of loss. After you put so much hard work and effort into preparing for the game, but you have to have a short memory in this game, you have to be able to say, that's behind us now and we are going to move forward and that's what we are doing right now. We are going to move forward and we are going to work as hard as we can this week and prepare as well as we can in order to have success on Saturday."

Is there a danger that some of the guys could kind of get used to this and sort of give the appearance that they are getting ready to play and it is more going through the motions?

"Maybe, but I don't think that there are those kind of people on this team. We are going to work hard and we are hungry for a win and we are going to keep moving towards success, so becoming complacent is not part of our character and I don't think that anybody is happy with losing or accepting losing so we are going to do everything we can to get a win."

How do you prepare when you are facing guys like South Florida's quarterback, who is a dual threat?

"You just have to be fundamentally sound. You have to be fundamentally sound every game, but with quarterbacks like South Florida's, you got to make sure that everybody knows what they are doing at all times, everybody knows their assignment and the game plan down to a tee, so if we do that and we prepare mentally as well as physically I don't think he will pose that much of a threat."

The defense has been pretty inconsistent this and you have been up and down personally, what can you put a finger on as to why you came up with a good game at Miami?

"Just keep being aggressive-this past week at Miami we got aggressive with the play calling and gave us a lot of opportunities get tackles for loss, and that keeps the defense enthusiastic when we make big plays, so if we keep with the aggressive play calling and the aggressive style we like to play then I feel like the whole defensive will have success."

Coach Bunting said he felt like the Miami game was your best game to the season. Do you feel like it was your best game of the season?

"I feel like I had an OK game. I am never one to be complacent with what I do-I just take every game one step at a time and I feel like the best is yet to come and that was just a starting point for me personally, so, now I feel like each week I am just going to get better and better.

What made you better last week?

"I think just going out there and playing with a lot of effort and a lot of enthusiasm. I think another thing that helped me was the aggressive play calling like trying to get Miami out of their cover zone and by doing that we created a lot of opportunities for people on our team to make big plays. That is one thing that drives me, to be able to be able to go after the quarterback, to get pressure and being a disruptive force and that is one thing I like doing, so that helped me a lot."

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