"This is a young man that I think is going to have just an absolutely, unbelievable Tar Heel career when he leaves here. He's already got two interceptions thus far this year, and he's truly just a baby at the position – he's only been playing defense for six or seven months.
"I can see him being a guy that when he really gets it all figured out, when he gets to be a junior and a senior, he's going to have a chance to be one of those guys that's going to get double-digit interceptions during a season… He's really going to have an outstanding career."
On the possibility of Kendric Williams gaining an extra year of eligibility:
"There's always the possibility. We're already dealing with one issue with Kendric – we're trying to get an additional fifth-year for Kendric already because of his participation a couple of years ago in a junior varsity football game. It was my understanding that Carolina played a couple of junior college games when some of these kids that are seniors now were freshmen.
"That, unfortunately, counts as participation, even if you only play one play or 10 plays or one game of a junior college game against a junior varsity schedule. So we already had that under appeal, and now he got hurt in the fifth game of the season, so I don't know. If Kendric wants us to pursue it, we'll certainly give the NCAA an opportunity to try to pursue and see where it goes, but we've got two issues that are kind of working against us."
On how the early close games has helped this team:
"First of all, as you play games, you should gain confidence, you should gain experience and you should get to be a better football team the more that you play. The closer that you play these games – the more competitive that they are – you should gain some confidence.
"I think that our football team surprised a lot of people by the way in which we went to Virginia Tech in a somewhat hostile environment against a very, very good football team and played as well as we did. We were disappointed because we thought we missed an opportunity to win the game. We felt like without a fumble by Ryan Houston and an interception that gets tipped up into the air and they run it down to the 11-yard line – that's a game we conceivably could have won 10-7 or maybe 14-10.
"I think our football team believes that we are getting better. Like I told them tonight, a lot of times the best football team doesn't always win a game. The team that plays the best almost always wins the game."
"This will be the fastest football team that we will probably play all year long. Their skill players, both on offense and defense, are going to have great speed. Their quarterback is an experienced, veteran quarterback. He's been somewhat of a much-maligned starter – he's been in-and-out of the lineup. He's started for the better part of the last three years. He's had brilliant moments, where he's come in and he's passed and he's done a great job. He's also had some moments when he's thrown a lot of interceptions, so that has been an issue.
"They've got two very talented, young running backs… both of these kids are extraordinarily fast – probably in the 4.3 - 4.4 [40-yard dash] category.
"The strength of their football team is probably clearly their defense. They've got two defensive ends that most of the pro scouts think will get drafted somewhere in the first, second or third rounds of the [NFL] draft, [and] two very talented defensive tackles. Their secondary is very good, so that's the strength of their football team."
On noon games:
"In a perfect world, if I could pick every single one of the starting times, I would probably play somewhere around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon. I think that would be a perfect time. It allows everybody time to get there and tailgate and have a great day at the game and get home when the game is over with.
"I actually like night games – the first game I thought was outstanding against James Madison… I don't think anybody likes 12:00 games, but unfortunately, television dictates and they say, ‘We're going to take these four or five games across the country and they're going to be the feature games.'"
On the strong pass defense against Virginia Tech:
"The pass defense had a lot to do with the fact that our defensive line did a very, very good job putting pressure on the quarterback and keeping him in the pocket for the most part. We had four sacks [and] actually had some opportunities for some more sacks, but we made him throw the ball before the routes had an opportunity to develop down the field… and the more the [secondary] gets a chance to play together, you'll see them continue to make some strides and improve, because they're so young that every game they're going to get better."
On the experience discrepancy between UNC and Miami:
"Miami has 27 juniors and seniors in their top-44 [players]. We have 11. So that gives you just a little bit of insight into our juniors and seniors and where we are. But I think it bodes well for the future. No one wants to hear that and talk about it, but it's certainly going to pay dividends somewhere down the line."