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Larry Fedora Wednesday Quotes

Larry Fedora Wednesday Quotes

Larry Fedora addressed the media on Wednesday’s ACC Football Coaches Teleconference.

“We’re extremely excited about playing in Chapel Hill on Thursday night in front of the entire country against a great Miami team, and so we’re busily preparing for it and really looking forward to this game tomorrow night.”

On recruiting defensive players in the era of up-tempo offenses:

“I think as you look at the landscape across the country, and obviously scoring offense has gone up over the past five to seven years, tremendously, and so I think it has changed the way defenses are trying to play and also it has changed the type of players that you have to recruit defensively. You’re going to probably going to try to go with more speed and athleticism than just pure size on defense, because you get some of these big guys that are put out in space and they get exploited. So, it definitely I think is more difficult, but I do think the game is always evolving and one side’s always a little bit ahead of the other, and eventually the other side catches up, and then the other side changes again.”

On stopping Miami’s big plays:

“You’ve got to stop the run. That’s where it starts. You’re going to have to stop the run, or they’re going to crush you with the run the entire game, and then they’re going to take their chances and hit you over the top. That’s what they make a living with, is the big plays, and so we’ve got to make sure we keep the ball in front of us but at the same time you’ve got to get up there and you’re going to have to have safeties involved in the box to be able to stop the run and so are safeties are going to have to do a great job with their eyes and their reads and we’re going to have to play flawless.”

On the conference as a whole taking advantage of attention drawn to high-performing teams like Miami, Clemson and Florida State:

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. I said it at the beginning of the season, that the ACC was in the best shape it’s ever been as far as strength from top to bottom, and it’s just going to get better. So, there’s no doubt. We’ve talked about being recognized and getting respect nationally and to do that you have to do the things that are going on in the ACC right now and so if we continue to do those things as a conference then we will learn that respect.”

On North Carolina building on that respect for the conference:

“You better believe we can, and we’ve got so much to sell here in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina, that all of that positive buzz around the ACC only adds to what we have to offer.”

On if he expects quarterback Bryn Renner to start after missing the Virginia Tech game with a foot injury:

“He’s had a really good week of practice. He’s moved around great. He hasn’t talked much about any pain. He gets treatment every day and he’s doing the things that he’s supposed to do and he’s practicing the way he is. I expect him to get out there and do a great job.”

On if backup quarterback Marquise Williams might take some snaps:

“We plan on, Marquise will definitely play in the game. He’s going to be part of the game plan in various ways and so we anticipate Marquise playing tomorrow for sure.”

On what has made Miami so good midway through the season:

“One, they’ve got a lot of returning starters form last year’s team and they had a good solid team last year. I think they were young on defense, they made quite a few mistakes last year, and now these guys have grown up on defense. Now they’re not making those mistakes, they’re in position to make plays and they’re making the plays when the opportunity arises. Offensively, they have improved tremendously in my opinion in the offensive line, and they’ve still go the running back, the quarterback, the receivers that can fly, so what’s made them who they are this year I think is just the improvement in the offensive line alone.”

On recruiting certain types of defensive players to compete against up-tempo offenses:

“I think what it has done is enable some more tweeners to get on the field. That guy, that linebacker that’s 6-foot, that’s 215, 220 pounds is finding a way to get on the field in your nickel packages, your dime packages, all those kinds of things as teams are spreading you out, where in the past, if a team played just straight pro-style, played in a box, you wanted that guy to be a 6’2,6’3, 240, 250-pound linebacker and so those tweeners had a hard time getting on the field. Now, those guys are athletic enough to match up with inside receivers or tight ends that are flexed out and so that enables them to get on the field.”

On the problems underlying the 1-4 start:

“It’s a multitude of things . . . None of us are satisfied with where we’re at and (we’re) disappointed with where we’re at right now. I do think that we’re getting better, we just haven’t found a way to get over that hump and win a football game lately. We’ve made too many mistakes in really all three phases of the game. You look at the number of penalties we’ve had. We’ve had three straight games where we’ve had a touchdown called back for a penalty. We haven’t consistently run the football on offense and if we’re unable to do that, that’s going to make it very difficult for us. We’ve got to be able to run the football to have some success on that side of the ball. Defensively, we’ve just given up too many big plays at inopportune times.”

On if the problems are correctable:

“They’re all correctable. There’s no doubt about it, they’re all correctable. We’ve still got a lot of season to play, and we’re playing with some kids that are growing and learning as they go. But we’ve got a lot of season to play. I’m far form believing that this thing is over with. We’ve got a lot of work to do but really our focus is just on being 1-0 this week. If we get over the hump and do the things that we need to do, then we get ready for the next one, but the focus really has been more on how we improve, and what we need to do and improve as a football team. It’s been disappointing that we haven’t had a game-changing play in our special teams. We’ve had some called back but we haven’t had any that we’ve put together, and that’s been disappointing because of the amount of emphasis that we put on it.”

On T.J. Logan’s performance at Virginia Tech and his play moving forward:

“It was great to get him out there in a game and get him some touches and get him back into the flow. I still don’t think his legs are completely under him. I don’t think he looked totally comfortable running the football or doing anything out there really the other day, but the only way that’s going to happen is to put him out there. I kind of compare that (to) watching Gio early in the preseason and watching him in games and he looked like he was the same speed as everybody else out there. You watch him now in a game and he looks like he’s faster than other guys, and I think that’s going to come for T.J. He’s still learning. You know, he missed six weeks because of that injury. He wasn’t out there for six weeks, wasn’t repping and so he’s way behind, but he’s going to catch up quick.”