Butch Davis Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Butch Davis said on his radio program Wednesday night? Here are some excerpts from the live call-in show hosted by Woody Durham ...

On Maryland's offensive approach:
"There are elements of Maryland's offensive attack that you could somewhat label as a West Coast look, but they have a variety of a lot of things. Ralph Friedgen is one of the country's best offensive minds, formerly the offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. He's got some option background, but one of the things that fans have started to appreciate over the last 10 years or so when you listen to college football and pro football is that coaches talk about personnel groupings.

"There's a group that includes the tight and two backs and two wide receivers, and then you start to substitute people in and out. Maryland has more personnel groupings than anybody that we've played. There are several times that they'll play with five wide receivers in the game with no tight ends and no running backs, so they run the gamut with multiple tight ends and multiple receivers, so this is a total change from what we've been practicing the last two weeks."

On Dwight Jones:
"We would have loved to have gotten Dwight here a year ago, and it didn't work out. He was very, very close with the NCAA compliance. We missed an opportunity to get him in here during the second summer session and it probably would have dramatically accelerated his learning about the playbook and timing and learning how to run the routes and doing all of the things that we're asking him to do. But he wasn't able to do that, either.

"Unfortunately, he ended up going to school outside of the state and went to training camp with them, and then he moved in here. So we've tried to put him on the fast track. Now, given the fact that we've got some pretty talented receivers that are a lot older with Brooks Foster and Hakeem Nicks, and at the time, Brandon Tate, it wasn't as dramatically important to get him in there. But as soon as Brandon Tate got injured and we moved Greg Little back [to wide receiver], we realized that we needed to try to accelerate his growth.

"So we've been pushing him. He's been running second team pretty much for the last three or four weeks behind Hakeem Nicks, and even though a lot of people may say it was a mistake to try to get him in, the way we look at it is is there's good possibility that we've got five games left. If he gets a chance to play in all five of these games, it's going to make him a better player next year when all of these other guys are going to be playing in the National Football League. Any experience he gets this year is going to help him for next year."

On the ground game against Georgia Tech:
"I'm going to try to get this changed with the NCAA, but we actually rushed for 218 yards. [Sacks should] come off passing yards. When you run the ball and you make 218 yards behind the offensive line, then they deserve that credit. But it was a very instrumental part of the success that we had. I thought our offensive line and tight end Richard Quinn and Bobby Rome the fullback did an outstanding job, and certainly Shaun [Draughn] and Ryan [Houston] did their part. They were punishing, they made plays and they just did an excellent job."

On the players' efforts:
"I love the fact that people do recognize how hard these kids are playing, but all of the credit goes to these kids. The passion that they're playing with and the way that they are preparing [shows] how important this season is to them."

Injury update:
"Unfortunately, Zack [Pianalto] had a crack of his fibula. He scored the touchdown, and made a magnificent effort to get into the end zone to get us that first touchdown. So we're going to be without his services for a little while, but he'll get back hopefully in a couple of weeks or so. Who knows when it will actually be – it's not the weight-bearing bone. But for the most part, everybody came out of the game healthy. There were a lot of bumps and bruises because it was a physical game, but we should be in pretty good shape."

On Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey:
"He is Maryland's version of Hakeem Nicks. He is an electrifying player. He's got great speed and good size. A lot of the pro scouts that come through here and you talk to them and they will tell that he may be arguably one of the five most talented receivers, not only in the ACC, but in the entire country. That he's going to be a guy that's a potential first or second round draft choice this coming April, so he's a really good player."

'Butch Davis Live' airs Wednesday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.

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