Do you expect Zack Pianalto to play on Thursday?
"He's returned on a limited basis. There are some drills that we're allowing him to get involved in – in some of the individual stuff where he's going against air. He's had a little bit of an introduction into some of the 7-on-7 things. Each day we try to progress him a little bit more. He's kind of on – you hate to say a pitch count – but he's has a limited number of how many plays within a period of time [that he can play]… It'll still be a work in progress to see how much he can progress during the course of this week, and then see if it's this week or next week or when it might be."
On Ryan Taylor:
"He had on a helmet and shoulder pads the last couple of days, but he only did some very, very limited running and jogging and catching some balls on some routes against air, probably at about 50-60 percent. He's further behind than Zack is."
Is a red-shirt a possibility for Taylor?
"It's still too early, I think, to say. Just from the standpoint that you don't know… One, we can't even consider playing him or red-shirting him until we find out when he's going to get well. He may not get well until the season is over with, and then that obviously answers the question. Injuries at his position certainly would necessitate some decision-making in conversation between he and I.
"We meet almost every week and we talk about it. I ask him and I ask Scott Trulock, our trainer, ‘Where is he? How's he doing? What kind of progress is there?' Two weeks ago, he was given a clean bill of health in the weight room to do all of the same things that the rest of the players are doing. But lifting weights and running against air is clearly not going against opponents. So he's got a long ways to go."
On self-scouting his team during the bye week:
"All the things that hurt you as a football team, those are pretty self-evident. If you turn the ball over, you really hurt your offense's opportunity to find out what might work. If you're going three-and-out and turning the ball over and not having success, you don't have a chance to go out there and experiment and find a play that works and get the chance to call it again."
On the offense's Sunday practice:
"I think everybody was anxious on Sunday when they came in to get ready and get back to work. The enthusiasm and the execution the offense had was by far one of the better practices we've had this season. It gives you a lot of confidence going into the rest of the week."
On Thursday's game:
"[Offensive coordinator] Jimbo Fisher has definitely got his offense working, so we've definitely got our work cut out for us. But it's a Thursday night game and everybody's going to be jacked. It's going to be a fun one."
On the benefit of the bye week:
"It was definitely good. We got our head back on straight. All of the frustration is definitely gone. It helps that we're playing on Thursday night in front of the whole world. It'll help us out. We're not thinking about the losses that we have. We're thinking about going out there and performing for people that don't get to see us play each and every week."
On Florida State's defense:
"They're good tacklers. They run real well from east to west. They're pretty fast at the defensive end spot and at linebacker, so it's going to be a challenge for Shaun [Draughn] and me to put together a decent running game."
Do you feel like your ankle is get pretty close to 100 percent?
"I do. I may still have to continue to use the brace that I wore on my ankle, but I do feel it's getting a lot stronger and feeling a lot better."
On what the offensive line must concentrate on against FSU:
"Just being aware of our gaps and assignments, because they do a lot of moving around. As long as you stay on the track that you're supposed to do, you'll eventually end up on the right guy."
On the Thursday night game against FSU:
"It means a lot, because this is the first one in UNC history. It means a lot to be a part of that. Also, it's an ACC game, so it's a chance for us to get on track and get us an ACC win. Because in a conference game, a win is really like two wins – you get a win and you give another team in your conference a loss. So it's a pretty big deal on both of those fronts."