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 ending the season with instate rivalry games:
"The way in which they are staged, being the final two games of the season, as a football program, you want to finish strong. You want to play your best football in [November] and you want to play in a bowl game and be playing good to build momentum going into recruiting. So they carry a tremendous amount of weight."

On N.C. State:
"If you saw N.C. State play early in the season against South Carolina, I think it was like Play No. 8, Russell Wilson got a concussion and got knocked out. And obviously, like all teams, when you lose your starting quarterback, it sort of throws your offense out of flux, especially since he was a red-shirt freshman. I think he has [175] consecutive passes to date without throwing an interception, so he's making wise and smart decisions. He's a terrific athlete, he can run, he can throw. And then they've got two really talented running backs. They've got a very solid and a very good defense that's playing very well."

Injury update:
"Fortunately for us, we came out of the Maryland game with no added injuries. Zack's starting to jog a little bit and making some progress, so hopefully sometime here in the next couple of weeks we'll get him back."

Offensive line recruiting:
"We've had two relatively small recruiting classes the last two years. When the '07 class came in, I think we only signed 15 players that year, and last year we signed 17 players. And one of the reasons that there were a limited number of offensive linemen in those two classes, although we did sign Cam Holland, Mike Dykes, Jonathan Cooper and Kevin Bryant, was that we inherited an inordinate number offensive linemen.

"If you remember, last year we only had one senior in the offensive line with Scott Lenahan. This year, we've got Calvin Darity, Bryon Bishop and Garrett Reynolds. So because of the number of guys, there were needs in other areas. We were very, very thin at the linebacker position. This next recruiting class will probably be somewhat significantly bigger. There will probably be more numbers at a variety of positions, but certainly, offensive line is one of the positions that we're looking at for the '09 recruiting class."

On the 16 seniors playing their final home game:
"It's a special moment for a lot of those kids, because it will be the last time and it will be an emotional time for them to get that one opportunity to be at a jam-packed Kenan Stadium and run out of that tunnel for a final football game. Every year it gets very difficult, because you get so close to these kids and I know the fans do as well, when you see them and you say, ‘Gosh, this is going to be their last time.' It will be emotional for everybody. I want to encourage everybody to be there and be a part of that ceremony."

On the quarterback situation:
"Privately within the building, we already know who the starter is going to be and we're practicing that way… [The reason we're not announcing publicly] is that it becomes a distraction that these kids don't need. We've got two really, really good kids. Cam Sexton and T.J. Yates are great kids, and certainly, our football team is better off for the fact that we've got two guys that the team believes in that can win games now.

"Regardless of who plays, and I sat down and had a long conversation with both of them on Monday, it some respects it doesn't matter who the actually starter is going to be, because both of you realize now that injuries have occurred for both of you. You're one sprained ankle away from the other guy coming in. It could be Play No. 2 of the game. You both have to be prepared.

"And I will tell you this – they have both been unbelievably supportive of each other and I think it will work out well for us for the remainder of the year."

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

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