Wednesday Butch Davis Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina head coach Butch Davis spoke with reporters Wednesday for his weekly ACC teleconference.

Opening remarks:
"The timing of this open date probably comes at a very good time for our football team. Certainly from an injury standpoint, we've probably got anywhere from 8 to 10 to 12 guys that I don't think that they would miss the game if we were playing this Saturday, but they would be significantly limited during the week as far as their preparation in practice, and conceivably, one or two of them might actually miss the game.

"So from an injury standpoint and health for our football team, it kind of comes at a good time. And also, it comes at a good time for us as a coaching staff and as a team to kind of really dissect our football team, to take a look at the first seven games and look at the areas where we made some improvements, areas where we think that we're doing a good job as far as being a team the way that we are playing, and also to really look at the areas that we're not doing very well.

"Is it things that we think won't work? Can we potentially make that an area of strength or get better at before the season is over with, or should we just shelve it and say, 'It's something that we're going to revisit in the spring time or maybe totally eliminate it from our packages, offensively, defensively and on special teams?'

"We're working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It's fall break for us, and the players are going to get Friday and Saturday off, which will give them a chance to get well and recharge their batteries, because we've got a very critical, very challenging second half of the season."

On Brandon Tate:
"Brandon will return to practice today. We held him out yesterday just out of precaution. Anytime that you have kind of a mild concussion, obviously with us not playing, we're always going to err on the side of caution. He'll come back to practice today and he should be 100 percent by the time… provided he has no setbacks between now and the Wake Forest game."

On if the staff will keep Tate out of contact drills due to his condition:
"I don't see it as being much of a condition, to be honest with you. We're not going out scrimmaging. There's a lot of little bitty fundamental things that we've got to try to fix with our football team, and we've got to do a good of trying to correct some of the things that have hurt us schematically in all three phases… We don't anticipate a tremendous amount of contact.

"Obviously, as I said earlier, any player that we have – regardless of whether it's a concussion or any kind of injury – this is the perfect time to kind of back off of them and let them do what we feel like will help them get better this week, but yet not expose them to anything that would set them back."

On Scott Lenahan:
"Scott Lenahan had missed the previous three games. It was good to get him back. I think he was a little bit rusty and I think he played as well as he's potentially capable of playing. Not only does it give us a better senior anchor on the offensive line – somebody that's got some experience – it certainly has dramatically helped our depth.

"Lowell Dyer had stepped in and started for the previous games that Scott has out. Now you've got that situation where if something does happen to Scott again, then it's not like Lowell has never been in a ball game. So from a depth standpoint, it's helped our team."

On what he's learned about this team through seven games:
"These kids – they passionately want to win. They're willing to prepare and work hard… It's not going to get any easier in the second half of the season, but we're finding ways to try to utilize our players [and] find out what they do the best… Their competitiveness, their resilience – because they've stayed in there and hung in there and learned to put themselves in a position to compete against some really good teams. Now we've got to try to find that threshold of how to get over that hurdle that lets you win, as we did against Miami."

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