Monday PC Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Monday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Butch Davis, T.J. Yates and Deunta Williams, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels prepare for Saturday's clash with in-state rival East Carolina.

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Opening remarks:
"The defense clearly played very well [on Saturday] in that ball game. We were very fortunate. Some things defensively that significantly contributed to our ability to win the game were third downs. I think Connecticut was 2-of-13 that day and clearly that was instrumental in at least giving our offense a lot of opportunities.

"On the other hand, we were 6-of-17, so we were slightly better than they were. Looking at the film, we struggled in some areas in the offensive line during the course of the day, but I thought that they regained their composure. It was probably one of the better coaching jobs that I think our coaching staff has had because of so many things that we were fighting and struggling against to maintain the poise [and] maintain the composure.

"I think that T.J. did an excellent job, in light of some of the things that were going wrong. In the fourth quarter, he was 100 percent efficient. All of his throws were good, the protections were better, we were running the ball a little bit better and I think that all of that stuff contributed. But clearly, we were very fortunate to have won that game."

Injury update:
"We won't really know until tomorrow, to be honest with you. Some of those guys are still going through treatment, rehab, therapy and that kind of stuff.

"One of the things that really kind of hurt us a little bit is that we had to replace two starters on Thursday at the end of practice, when Lowell Dyer got injured and Jonathan Cooper wasn't able to play. So now, all of a sudden, it's kind of a makeshift deal and you've already spent the entire week practicing a different way. I don't think that helped in our performance and in our preparation for the game.

"Hopefully this week, guys will get back to practice and we'll get a full week of their opportunity to play."

On Bobby Rome:
"He was back in meetings. The CDC - one of their things is that if you have a temperature at a certain level for an extended period of time, you have to go into isolation. So our team doctors and trainers had to do a good job of isolating him and Jordan Nix and those guys, but the flu is probably going to be something that runs throughout the entire country, throughout all college campuses throughout the entire fall, so you just hope that you don't get a huge number of guys [with it] late in the week where you would be in a bind."

On Ryan Taylor:
"He's another guy that's working [to get back]. He's running. I know last week he was maybe back to 60-70 percent. We'll see where he is today and tomorrow."

On Zack Pianalto's dislocated foot:
"The good news is that the X-ray revealed that there was no break. So now it's the rest of the diagnostic tests will take place today and we'll find out what his status is and we'll let everybody know later in the week when we get a chance to talk later."

How will the offense be affect with Zack being out at tight end?
"Well, I don't know that he's going to be out. But potentially, guys will have to step up and continue to play."

On the wide receivers:
"We need these guys to continue to grow. We haven't tried to trick anybody about this. We've made this statement since Aug. 1, that [with] this group of young receivers, it is going to be baptism under fire. They're going to gain a little bit of experience, a little bit of confidence and a little bit of exposure. The more they play, hopefully the more they'll get a sense of the pace of the game, the speed of the game, all of the things that they need to do and hopefully each week they'll continue to improve."


On the UConn victory:
"It was ugly. After watching the film, it definitely sunk in that we didn't play well at all on offense the first three quarters. There's a lot of work we have to do in the running game and the passing game, so it definitely sunk in watching the film."

Did you talk much with OC John Shoop during the game?
"Surprisingly, no. We kind of talked about that on Sunday. It was one of the games where we talked to each other the least. There's really not much to say when your protection is breaking down and the running game's not working well and you're kind of making mistakes. He told me he was up there figuring things out on his own. It was kind of weird how we didn't talk much at all during the game."

How much would it change the offense if Pianalto doesn't play on Saturday?
"Not too much. We've definitely got a lot of capable guys that can fill his shoes. There are some things that Zack does well that obviously other guys don't do as well, such as running routes and blocking schemes. He's a versatile guy. He can block just as good as Ed Barham but he's a little quicker and more nimble than him."


On facing East Carolina:
"It's more than a game. This is one of those games that for me personally, I'll probably remember for the rest of my life. They got us last time, and since then, I've kind of had that in the back of my mind. People ask me about it. No game is bigger than another one, but to me, this is one that will stick out in my mind."

Regarding the fact that he only has three tackles on the season:
"I was kidding with Marvin [Austin] a little bit earlier that I'm going to have to start lining up by putting my hand on the ground a little bit. Those guys are hungry down there. I can't blame them for that. The main thing that I'm doing now is that every time the quarterback looks my way and throws my way, I'm trying to make him feel like he's done something wrong."

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