Larry Edwards Q&A + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina senior linebacker Larry Edwards spoke to reporters on Tuesday from the Kenan Football Center. Read and listen to what he had to say…

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On adjusting to this week -

"A lot can change in a week, but things happen and you just got to roll with the punches and the rest of the team has to pick up the slack and it's just that much more motivation. It's just a minor setback and I need to be there to support our team and do everything I can to try and help them and put themselves in a position to make plays and do the right thing and be more of a cohesive unit."

On helping his replacements in practice -

"I will spend a lot of time with them and try to get them ready and what kind of game they are going to be playing, and hopefully I can get them ready to play the best game of their careers, so they can go out there and do the right thing and make big plays. They have some big shoes to fill so I will try to get them ready to just do everything I can do, pretty much."

On his reaction to breaking his collarbone -

"I couldn't believe it at first, I was like, ‘I'm alright, it ain't that bad.' So, it is what it is, so I am going to work as hard as I can to get back in the best condition as possible and get back healthy. For the time being I am just like a coach so I am just going to try and help my teammates do as much as they can to mentally and physically prepare for this upcoming game because it's going to be a quick week and we've got a lot of quick practices coming up and I got to help them as much as possible off the field, so I'm doing as much as I can to help my teammates get ready."

On when the break occurred -

"It was hurting the entire game. In pregame I took a couple of shots and it started hurting a little bit and I thought I was fine. So I went into the game and kept banging on it and banging on it and it was hurting but I never considered the fact that it might be broken and I tried to tough it out, trying to be in there helping my team and the next day I went and got and MRI and they told me I had a fracture so it kind of brought me down but I am still trying to be as upbeat as possible and be as positive as possible and be around my teammates and help to influence them as much as I can."

On playing with a broken collarbone -

"I guess it was just something in me that wanted to keep going. I really tried to block it out of my mind, even though it hurt I couldn't take myself out-out of being part of my team. I wanted to do as much as I can to help my teammates and come out and make plays and do the right thing and I just couldn't take myself out of the atmosphere-it wasn't in me, so I just had to keep driving and keep pushing through it and keep doing as much as I can to help my team to get in a position to win the ball game."

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