Thursday Practice Report

Heading into the matchup with North Carolina, Head Coach Greg Schiano said after practice on Thursday that they will most likely keep the starting lineup the same.

"Not with the starting 22 probably," Schiano said when asked if there will be any changes with the starters on offense and defense.

What that means is Joe Lefeged will start over Zaire Kitchen and Kordell Young will get the nod at running back.

"Joe started the game, he will be the starter again," Schiano said. "Kordell will start at tailback."

Jourdan Brooks didn't get any carries against Fresno State, but Schiano said if he makes strides in practice, he could see time next Thursday.

"Depends how he practices," he said. "If he had performed well enough in practice, he would have seen reps on opening night, but we didn't evaluate him as such. Hopefully that improves."

To fix the mistakes made against the Bulldogs, Schiano said the team needs to focus more on the details. They need to work on the small details and let the play develop.

"The details," he said. "The details of angles, blocks and steps. We're details away from making some big, big plays. The reads, trusting plays, which is all falls into the details. We just need to execute the details and not be so concerned about what the results are going to be."

One thing that makes Schiano feel that there can be a quick turnaround is the depth of the skill players on offense. He's confident Kevin Brock can become a threat at tight end, and he also is confident in his No. 3 and No. 4 receivers.

"I think so," Schiano said when asked if he thought Brock could be used as an option to take pressure off of Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt.

"Timmy [Brown] and Dennis [Campbell] too. Those five guys we have to really use as receivers, and maybe Jack [Corcoran] as a sixth. Those six guys can really be productive. …We have to make sure we get them all very involved."

Campbell's stock is also rising as a punt returner. Schiano was impressed with his touchdown return that was called back because of a penalty. The head coach said it didn't make a difference whether the illegal block was made or not, Campbell still would have broke free.

"It is for me," Schiano said when asked if Campbell's return made him confident. "It was a non-eventful block to tell you the truth. That makes it even worse. It's not like that block sprung him.

"I'm happy he took it to the house and he handled it clean under pressure. That might be an area where there is a personnel change. Dennis might get the nod if he continues to do well this week in practice."

Schiano wasn't trying to take anything away from Mason Robinson. He said he wouldn't put anybody out there after mishandling two punts because it would mess around with anyone's psyche.

"Its not that I don't believe in Mason," he said. "It's once you drop two in a game—anybody's—confidence gets shaken. To me, it's not fair to put somebody out there under those circumstances, especially when you have other guys who are capable."

The matchup against the Tar Heels will pit Schiano with one of his closest coaching buddies. He reflected on what Butch Davis has done for him, and said he's played integral part in his life.

"He's one of my best friends in coaching," Schiano said about Davis. "He's done a ton for me. Every step along the way I was very blessed to have great people to work for, and at that time in my career, Butch gave me the opportunity to be a head coach before I was. He allowed me to be involved in things that a defensive coordinator is not usually involved in.

"He taught me a lot, for which I'm forever indebted. We were close. We kind of see things the same way—life, football, family. One of the hardest parts of leaving Miami was leaving him."

Even though they are close, Schiano said it won't take anything away from his competitive edge on the field.

"No, Im very close with Dave [Wannstedt] too," he said. "When it's game time, it's game time. "


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