"I guess probably the one thing that our coaching staff has really respected about our team is their ability to put last week's game behind it each week… When you take a look at Maryland, they are playing very, very well. They have the ability to pound you with a really talented running back. [Chris] Turner, the quarterback, is playing really well and they've got explosive receivers.
"One of the things, and I mentioned this in the press conference on Monday, is the number of negative plays that their team creates. I think they've got 21 sacks and about 50 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and that in and of itself is pretty impressive. So Maryland will be a very big challenge for our football team, and getting ready for them is a dramatic change from the last two weeks getting ready for a triple option attack offensively, so we've got to get back into the groove of a different kind of a pro style offense."
On the Tennessee job opening:
"I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job. It's a great job, but I have no interest in it. I've said for the last couple of weeks that I love being here and my family loves being at Carolina. We're building with the administration everything we can every single day to build a championship football program here."
Has Tennessee contacted you or your agent, Jimmy Sexton?
On the offense improving even without Brandon Tate:
"Losing Brandon was huge blow to a lot of areas to our team. But we were fortunate that Greg Little had some experience a year ago as a true freshman, and by moving him back it somewhat alleviated having to get into your nickel and dime offensive formations and personnel groupings. And obviously Brooks Foster and Hakeem Nicks are two really talented receivers, and we've been able to manufacture a little more success with the running game…
"It's probably expanded the role of Cooter Arnold to give us that fourth guy when we go with four wide receivers at any particular time. Our offensive coaches have done a really good job of utilizing the available players that we have and to continue to try to improve offensively… As the season progresses, you're always dealing with the proverbial injuries to football teams, and that's where depth to your program really becomes a factor. And at wide receiver, fortunately for us, was a spot that we had a little depth with this football team."
On the play of defensive tackles Cam Thomas and Tydreke Powell against Georgia Tech:
"They did play well. Cam was a recipient for one of the defensive game balls that we awarded on Sunday afternoon for his performance. And collectively, that whole group of defensive tackles – Aleric Mullins and Marvin Austin to go along with the two that you named… "
"Two guys isn't enough to play in any ball game, and certainly not against Georgia Tech. With the number of runs that they have and the schemes that they have, they really try to come off the guards and the tackles and the center and the guards and all of the combination blocks. But those guys have got to be [completely] unselfish. They just have to be willing to go in there and take on blocks and tackle the fullback when he's got the ball, and we were not only fortunate that those two guys played well, as all of them did, but that we had the depth that we did."
Your team is one of the few that has had success on the road in a Thursday night game this season. Is there a big difference in a Thursday night game versus a Saturday night game?
"Well, obviously Thursday night takes on an aura of probably considerable excitement, in some respects, because it's night for one thing, and it's probably one of the [only] games being broadcast nationally. So Thursday night is a little bit like college football's version of the NFL's Monday night football. In college football, there's no conflict of interest. You don't have a lot of people sitting at home deciding whether they're going to go watch a high school football game or not, and it's the only game in town.
"But I think a lot of it also stems from the fact of how much time do you have to prepare. If you're fortunate enough to not having to have played the previous Saturday and have 10 days to get ready for any particular game, then it certainly is an advantage or it helps you. If you only had two-and-a-half days, if you played on Saturday and have to turnaround and play the next Thursday, then sometimes that can be an enormous benefit to the home team and a detriment to the visiting team."