"The inside joke around our house at home is that victories generally bring you about six days of sanity. That's about all that it amounts to. But it was a great team victory and I'm very appreciative of all of the fans that took the time to drive up to Blacksburg and had a chance to experience that firsthand. It was just a great night. It was great for the football program and great for the University of North Carolina."
On moving past the Florida State loss to be able to win in Blacksburg:
"I told our coaching staff it was probably one of the best jobs from a psychological and an emotional standpoint that I've been around in an awfully long time. The game was won probably by Wednesday when we got on the bus to go to Blacksburg, because you don't wait until you get on the bus to decide how you're going to play on a Thursday night or for any ball game. Our coaches did a great job that week preparing the kids, getting them past the disappointment of the Florida State game and focusing on Virginia Tech. And we had good practices. I think it was a real tribute to our assistant coaching staff."
"I haven't been that intimately familiar with the rivalry, but I can honestly tell you this – this is clearly the best Duke football team that I've seen in a long time. They're playing extremely well and they're not a one-dimensional football team. They're getting an awful lot of notoriety on the offensive side of the ball because of how much success that they're having with Thaddeus Lewis, but they are a very good defensive football team. They're very fundamentally sound in all of their special teams, they're well-coached and this will be one whale of a football game."
On offensive tackle Carl Gaskins:
"I can't tell you what it means to this football team to miss Carl Gaskins. He was a guy that we envisioned would threaten to become a potential starter in the offensive line, and if not, he was going to be like our John Havlicek. He was going to give us the ability to go in and allow us to move some guys around. He was an unbelievably valuable sixth offensive lineman. [His injury] forced us to flip some guys like Tavares Brown and Greg Elleby who had never played on the offensive line, and then all of a sudden, one of those guys is starting for four games."
Running Backs Coach Ken Browning:
On the running back corps:
"They've really been a great group. They prepare hard. It's easier, in some ways, for them this year because Shaun [Draughn] has been here for a year and Ryan [Houston] two years and so the mental mistakes are less and they have a greater understanding of the game. The chemistry in the room has been outstanding. It's a group effort as opposed to an individual effort. That's the way it should be. And I think they are always willing to give credit to not only each other, but also to the offensive line, tight ends and fullbacks. You're not going to run the ball well unless everybody does their part."
On RB blocking:
It's so important for them to understand what's going on. It's easier for me and them this year because I don't have to draw pictures as much. Now I can say, ‘If it's this front, then it's going to be this blitz.' They're on the same page, communication-wise… They haven't given up a sack this year – knock on wood – at that position, whether it's been Ryan or whether it's been Bobby [Rome]. So they put a high priority on the pass protection, pass receiving and also the blocking part for the running game."
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