"Fortunately, we didn't play a game on Saturday, so we didn't lose anybody. Most of the coaches are kind of laid up, they're on the injured reserve with clicker thumb from watching television games, flipping back and forth. Zack Pianalto and T.J. Yates are probably the two most prevalent guys on the football team that have a chance at some point during the remainder of the season to get back healthy. They're both practicing. Neither one of them are 100 percent. It's a day-to-day situation where we watch them and put them into things and we gauge how they're able to go through that particular drill with very, very limited contact.
"One of the things that you run the risk of doing if you rush a kid back too soon, and you put them in a situation where it's a blitz drill, an inside run drill or any kind of a team situation and somebody accidentally rolls over on them, then it would be catastrophic to set those two kids back with [four] games left to go. So we'll make a decision probably sometime on Friday to see how far they've come and if they would even be considered to be potentially doubtful to play in this game. We'll see."
Why does UNC play prevent defense?
"I don't know – I don't even know what prevent defense is, to be honest with you. I really don't. Trust me, every time we make a huddle call, we're making it because we think it's the right thing to do with that situation. We're not trying to prevent anything other than the other team to win the game."
On Ken Browning:
"In all of the years that I've been coaching, I don't know that I've ever come across a coach that has as much respect in his state as Ken Browning does in North Carolina… The high school coaches respect him. He's an outstanding coach and he's done a great job recruiting. He's a huge asset to our football program."
On John Blake:
"I've known John since he was 15 years old. He's got a heart of gold and he works extremely [hard]. He's a great coach and a terrific recruiter. He's a better person than any of those things. His credibility when he walks into homes and starts talking to parents – he keeps it real and they know that they can trust him. And all of the things that he represents is certainly a great reflection of this university."
On the ground game against Boston College:
"The efficiency of the running game is tied directly to not only the five offensive linemen, but Richard Quinn, the tight end. Those six guys, their health and their ability to stay in the game all season long certainly gives you a chance to run the football. They work together, they're in there all of the time making line calls and identifying fronts and doing everything together.
"The flip side of that is that you can't talk enough about how important it was that our defense did such a great job in limiting Boston College's run game. If you can get a game into a one-dimensional thing – I think Boston College had 58 yards at the end of the day – if you can do that and make them feature one particular area, it's a whole easier to defend."
Do the kickoff times matter to you as a coach?
"Well, sort of. I don't what's the perfect time. If you could set all of the times and say, ‘What's the ideal time?', then maybe 3:30 p.m. would potentially be the most perfect time. Because it allows people to get to the stadium, to tailgate and to get into the stadium and to have the stadium packed and rocking by the time of the opening kickoff. I love night games because of the unbelievable electricity, but I don't know with today's television… You're at their mercy.
"In the old days, if they didn't pick you for the two or three T.V. slots during the course of the year, then you could set your own times. Some of those [night] games are unbelievably electric. I think for all of the fans that happened to watch Texas Tech last week play Texas, what Lubbock, Texas had to look like for that night game. It's just a terrific atmosphere. But the reality of it is that you've got to show up to play. It doesn't matter if we play at 10 o'clock in the morning. So 12 o'clock is the kickoff time for this game, and we need absolutely everybody there ready to go with ankles taped and eye black on and people jacked up. It's Homecoming and there's a lot to play for."
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