On the bye week -
"I thought we accomplished everything we wanted to try to accomplish. It gave our players a chance to rest emotionally as well as physically and catch our breath for a big push at the end of the season. It's a very critical and important time - these next four ball games are obviously very, very significant. Also we got some players a bit healthier and got to do some stuff on Georgia Tech...
Injury Updates -
"As far as the health of our football team, we still won't know the status for T.J. Yates and Zack Pianalto until probably Tuesday, giving them the weekend and today to get treatment. T.J. continued to take part in the individual drills - he split some time with Mike Paulus on second team reps in 7-on-7s and we'll find out a little bit more as to how he feels and what he'll able to do in Tuesday's practice."
On Georgia Tech -
"Georgia Tech is a very good football team. Their offense is getting so much notoriety right now because of the success they're having running the football, with big plays and controlling the clock, but their defense is playing extremely well. Their defensive line is very aggressive. It's a different scheme since they changed coordinators from last year, they are not into fire zone blitzes that you saw so much different last year. They're structured in a 4-3, but they'll still blitz you. They've got two tall, very athletic defensive ends that control the edges. The secondary is very athletic and runs well to the football. ... And they tackle very well -- their secondary tackles well, their linebackers tackle well."
On the state of the passing game -
"Cam has played extremely well and been very effective and efficient. We don't have another Brandon Tate - we may in the future and Greg Little, the more he's at that position, he'll get more chances to fill some of the roles that Brandon did. There have been some other guys that have stepped up and helped alleviate some of those responsibilities - Cooter Arnold's been a part of that. Between those two guys they've accepted the lion's share of the responsibilities. Dwight Jones is another guy that we're working fast with to accelerate his learning curve to try to get guys to go in and give Hakeem a rest so he doesn't have to play 65 straight plays ... "
On moving on from mistakes -
"I've been very hard on myself throughout my career and I've heard it from enough people to know that I shouldn't be as hard on myself. I just want to be the best and I'll never accept not playing well, but after hearing it from coaches I've moved on faster and not let things bother me for as long and that's helped with my development."
On UNC's playmakers helping him -
"It's great. I've said it before, but my job is just the middle man. You watch film of Hakeem last week and it's just amazing what he does. And Brooks has been a great complement. Hakeem is going to see more attention this week and the rest of the season, so Brooks is going to get some holes ..."
On the state of the team at 6-2 -
"Practices are more competitive now, we're all having fun. The success that we've had has motivated us and the fact that we're playing really well and we have a legitimate chance of achieving some of the goals we set out to do."
Do you guys think you can win the division now?
"We think we can, but we have to just control our end. If we start worrying about what other teams do it will catch up with us and we could end up losing a game. We are just trying to focus on what we need to do and taking it one game at a time, taking care of what we need to do and we'll see what happens."
What's it like for you guys knowing you're in contention for that Coastal title?
"It's a great feeling to have a chance to play for the Coastal title - to be bowl eligible and try to get more wins and go to the Orange Bowl or however our season plays out. It's a great feeling to be in this situation."
On the team's huge increase in interceptions this year -
"It's huge. I think we have eight or nine players with interceptions ... it's the whole team collectively and it's not just one person doing great things, it's the whole defense doing their job and creating turnovers for everyone."