Today was the Atlantic Coast Conference held another teleconference with the ACC football coaches. We highlight some of the important and interesting quotes from head football coach Larry Fedora to share!
“I think after our first two, I have seen definite improvement over where we were last year, from where we ended the season last year. There’s no doubt about it. Our guys are playing harder, they’re playing faster, they’re thinking less and you see them be better athletes and just you see their athleticism come out because they’re not having to think. They understand what we’re trying to do but then you stop everything and then you try to do some things that you don’t normally do or don’t normally see in a year so that’s what makes it so difficult as you try to prepare for a Georgia Tech offense.”
While personally, I haven’t seen a great deal of improvement from last season, I can see where the defense played better against Middle Tennessee State compared to South Carolina. The Gamecocks are no easy opponent and gave the Tar Heels a huge challenge to start the season.
“My expectations for Bryn are very high now. Very high. I would say in the first game he had a lot to work on. But at the same time, I also knew it was going to be a difficult game for him because they were going to pressure us pretty good, and we were going to not throw the ball down the field to get the ball out of our hands quicker and so I think that took away a little bit of what Bryn was capable of doing. You go back this week, Bryn was one of our players of the game offensively. He played really well. He threw the ball extremely well down the field and made plays for us.
So Bryn’s playing well, there’s no doubt about it. The pieces of the puzzle around Bryn are a little bit different this year, so we still have to come together as an offense. I don’t think we’re hitting on all cylinders yet offensively, and we’ve got to become more effective running the ball to take some of that pressure off Bryn so that he can be who he can be.”
Renner is set to have a record breaking career not only for his personal records, but school records. He’s a unique and talented quarterback no doubt and has put up some impressive numbers. In South Carolina he didn’t reach 200 passing yards, but he led the Tar Heels a week later to over 500 offensive yards putting on a heck of a show.
“I don’t know if it’s an advantage, but it’s something that we definitely look forward to. Obviously, everybody knows that their offense is very unique and it’s not something that you see any other time of the year, so any extra time that you get to prepare for it only helps you, but you’ve still got to do the job. It’s still very difficult to defend and we know that and obviously everybody in the country knows that but we welcome the extra practices against what they do offensively and hopefully we can be a better team because of it.”
Based on last season’s game against the Yellow Jackets, we know this game could decide the Coastal Division championship and who goes to play for the ACC. North Carolina had numerous issues with Georgia Tech last season, so this bye week needs to be taken advantage of in preparation of playing in Atlanta next weekend.