John Bunting Wednesday Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina coach John Bunting spoke to reporters Wednesday following practice. Read & listen to what he had to say…

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How have you seen the team build on the positives?

"This team is dying for a ‘W,' and they know what it's going to take – better execution and making more plays. Those are the things they're focusing on. South Florida is a program that represents a great challenge. They'll play hard-nosed football, and we've got to meet that energy level and then execute. To me, that's what this scheme will come down to."

"What have you seen to give you hope this week that will happen?

"It's happened."

It's happened?

"It's happened. It's a day-to-day basis; period-to-period; play-to-play."

On the running game, as it pertains to helping the quarterback -

"There's no doubt about it. I don't think it could be more evident that an efficient offense starts, for the most part, with a good running game. Few can rely upon the pass only. We're hoping we can do that this week."

On the offensive line -

"Protection-wise, I think we're doing well. The run game is staying on track. It has a lot to do with the tight end. The fullback has a lot to do with what we do, whether it's Bobby Rome or Nick Starcevic; the receivers. It all works together, but it starts up front. With our style of run, there's always going to be players that need to work absolutely well together. The harmony, the staying on track together is what it's all about. That's the way most offensive lines are. We're not that much different. We've just got to continue to get better at what we're doing. The accumulation of football knowledge has got to start to show, as far as our system."

On the pressure to sellout home games -

"Anybody who's ever coached knows the pressure to fill these stands. I've played here, and these stands were, for the most part, full. We've had great fans here. We've had great stadiums here. It's important to put a product on the field that they want to come see."

More on fans -

"I think they're great. I've never wavered or deviated from that. I am tremendously appreciative of the way they've supported this football program and team. It's been difficult this year. In years past, there have been some great crowds here. We need that. The early game is always tough around here; we know that. We played Virginia Tech and noon, and we had a great crowd. The night game against Furman, the students helped us win that football game."

On coming home after two tough road environments -

"The team understands from the previous two games, how we need to play to be competitive and be in the game like we were so many times last year to win in the fourth quarter. A lot of games go down to the fourth quarter. We want to be one of those teams again this year to win in the fourth quarter."

Who's going to start at tailback on Saturday?

"That remains to be seen. It could easily be Ronnie [McGill] or it could be Barrington [Edwards], but I expect it will be Ronnie."

On getting Richie Rich more playing time -

"As he earns playing time, he'll get on the field."

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