Monday PC Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Monday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis, Cameron Sexton and Trimane Goddard, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels prepare for Connecticut on Saturday.

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Butch Davis

(22:35)

Opening remarks:
"This is obviously a very challenging week for our football team. We're facing a team that not only is highly ranked – 23rd in the country – but they're 5-0 and they're the defending Big East Conference champion. But it's also a team that our team is unfamiliar with. There's no previous history of players that have played against them or coaches that have coached against them, so that you could say, ‘Okay, I kind of remember what they did in this situations,' so it's going to take a tremendous of preparation by our coaching staff and our players this week to get up to speed for a team that's obviously playing very well…

"Our football team has to bounce back and really focus hard on Connecticut and get up to speed so that [for] Tuesday's practice, we have a good concept of what's in front of us."

On the kicking game:
"That's certainly one of the main objectives that we've got to address with our football team. We've got to play better on special teams. We didn't kick the ball particularly well, and we didn't cover particularly well. And that's something where some guys on this team have got to step up.

"We've got to get better performances than what we're getting out of both areas of that – from the kicking aspect, and certainly from the coverage aspect. You're not going to want to give the University of Connecticut great field position. You can't let them play on the short end of the field. It's asking too much of your defense to go out there. Although the quarterback is out, they were down and the young man that came in and finished the game for them, rallied them and brought them back to victory."

On defending the run:
"The biggest area where we need to make some improvements is knowing where to fit on certain runs. The other thing is that you've got to get off the blocks. You cannot stay on blocks – you've got to use your hands, you've got to shed, you've got to escape [and] you've got to get off the blocks. Our secondary did an outstanding job of tackling, and had it not been for the play of the corners, Miami would have probably had more success running the football and would have potentially scored more points. Kendric Burney did an outstanding job, as did Jordan Hemby and Trimane Goddard. But the front seven – we've got to do a better job of being in the right place."

On the importance of Goddard's game-ending interception:
"As you grow a program, there are a lot of steps that you take along the journey. Certainly you win some games, but unfortunately, you also lose some games and every single one of them gives you opportunities for experience. They give you shared experiences. And although Trimane won't be here in future years, we'll be able to talk to all of the sophomores and the freshmen and the red-shirt freshmen about the type of game that Trimane played. He stayed in the moment, he stayed composed and he did his fundamentals and he did his assignment, and it allowed him to be in a position to make a game-winning play… Every week, we've got to prepare as well as we possibly can and that's the only way that we'll play well on Saturday."


CAMERON SEXTON
(19:38)

On his emotions after the game:
"It was definitely a relief, just a lot of emotion winning that game. I almost couldn't believe we were there. I think more or less, we were excited about the win. A lot of struggles over the years and that moment was emotional, it was great. I really do not know what I was thinking, but I was excited about the win."

On staying positive over the years:
"There was no doubt times that I thought about transferring and that I was down. I can't tell you how many times I called my parents and said, ‘I don't know what to do, guys. I don't know where I go from here. Why is this happening to me? What did I do to get here?' And they were my strength. They pulled me through it and kept me positive. And I overcame a lot of things myself. I've never lost my confidence, and just kept plugging, knowing that if my opportunity comes – which I felt like it would – that I would be ready."


TRIMANE GODDARD
(6:21)

On his game-ending interception against Miami:
"It all just happened so fast. It is a blessing to have an opportunity like that at the end of the game. Miami tried to isolate our middle linebacker with a fast receiver, so I just gave him a little help and was able to make the play. First, I was thinking about knocking it out of his hands, but then it popped up and fell right into my hands."

On Connecticut:
"Connecticut is 5-0 and a ranked football team. They have the leading rusher in the nation. It's going to be a pretty big game for us. We have to get off to a better start, with Connecticut's style of play we can't play catch up."

On the comeback win:
"Our offensive answered back with a score, after a slow start coming out a little flat on defense. We were able to make some adjustments and a play at the end to win a game on the road. I think it is definitely something to build on."


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