Highlights From Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference

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Bernard Rambert on a freshman leading the team:

It hasn’t been difficult. Charlie is not your average redshirt freshman. I think he pretty much showed that on Saturday. He’s our leader out there. He has a lot more poise than you would expect a freshman to have. As far as knowledge
for the game it’s great. He’s not your average freshman at all.

Bernard Rambert on feeling bad for Willie Simmons:

Yeah you have to. The guy waited three years to get his chance and things didn’t work out this year. So they had to go another direction. But you have to feel bad for him because he finally gets a chance this year and things didn’t work out.

Gary Byrd on Whitehurst talking in the lockerroom

Nah, Charlie doesn't say much at all.

Gary Byrd on Whitehurst challenging the offensive line or the receivers on the field:

He challenged a couple of the receivers out there on the field on Saturday. So he's not afraid. He can take the criticism as well and he can dish it out. He does a good job in that sense. Well I know he challenged one of the receivers, I think it was Airese one time. He just felt like he wasn't running full speed for a ball and Charlie just kind ofgot on him. And you know I might get on him for a couple of things like holding onto the ball too long, but he's willing to accept that and Charlie knows that it's a team effort and Charlie will work within the team concept.

Gary Byrd on Whitehurst hanging in the pocket:
Charlie will hang there to the end, I mean to the very end. I think he does a good job of sitting in the pocket .I think he does a good job of sitting in the pocket. Sometimes I get a little upset with him because I feel like we can't block forever, but we try and block for him as long as we can cause we know he likes to hang in there in the pocket a little longer. My coach let's us know that he needs a little bit more time, hang there in the pocket and let the play develop.

Altroy Bodrick on what he was thinking down 24-10 to Duke:
The only thing I thought when we were down 24-10 , I was like ,"Oh Lord, we can't lose to Duke". That's all I was thinking. If we lose to Duke and playing as bad as we are, we got to pick it up or our bowl chancse were going down the drain.

Altroy Bodrick on last year's game with UNC and this year's:

The team we saw last year on defense had two first rounders. They definitely are a different team this year. That team came in last year and took it to us on Homecoming. Losing Durant hurt them alot, but like I said, any time this year you don't know. North Carolina might come out this Saturday and have their best performance so we better prepare like they are going to come out and play better than they have.

Tommy Bowden on........

What does Charlie Whitehurst give this team?

"The original move from Willie to Charlie was made because of the
amount of turnovers (committed by Willie). I know Charlie still had
one turnover against Duke, but with that performance (420 yards
passing) we will try to correct that and go from there. As a 6'4"
guy in the pocket, he has better vision, but we did not make the
change because of that. And of course you saw Charlie's performance
at Duke. He brings a pretty productive package to the table. "

How is Willie handling all of this?

"He is still going to compete for the job. I would not expect
anything less. He can speak for himself, but that is what I have
evaluated the way he has handled it in practice and around his

How difficult a decision was it to have to replace Willie?

"It was a very difficult decision. He has been an outstanding backup
guy for three years and has done an excellent job. I think if a guy
waits this long and you make a knee jerk reaction after the second or
third game it is not the right way to handle it. That is why after
the Georgia game we wanted to continue to play and improvements were
made. He made improvement for four straight weeks.
"Turnovers continued to happen so we made a change. I think there
is a fine line in how you handle that. Hopefully we handled it right
as a staff. You feel disappointment because of what he has invested.
It is a high profile position to quarterback a school like this and
also in the style of offense like this, but this is not the first
time this has happened either in the NFL or college in a scenario
like this. He has responded like I thought he would and surely it is
not the end of the line for him. I hope he does not see it like

Is Charlie's pocket presence his best attribute?

"Height, arm, and his composure are his best attributes. Pocket
presence is something every quarterback must have and he has it. "

What do you see from North Carolina's defense?

"They lost a lot of good players from last year. They have a very
attractive place and they have some very talented players. They
blitz a lot more than Virginia and Wake Forest do. They are big.
Usually their secondary has very good coverage players. They put
them in a lot of man situations because they blitz a lot. They
probably play more press man than anybody we have seen up to date."

Their free safety and their cornerback are the guys who have the
best reputation as cover guys and the free safety is a run stopper.
Are those the guys you are worried about?

"Their free safety, Reid, has 120 tackles and the next closest guy
has 66. Their safety is a very active player and you can tell a
couple of things by those statistics. They are getting him involved
in the running game so the safeties are a factor. They are up there
with a linebacker mentality so that means blitz and they bringing a
lot of people up to stop the run. It is very unusual to have a team
that has a safety leading the team in tackles by double the margin. "

Do you think North Carolina is going to try to put more pressure on
Charlie because he is only making his second start?

"Charlie hung in there this past week and hit Hamilton and Youngblood
on touchdown passes against the blitz. Now it was not press man, but
it was man coverage where Charlie had to make a quick decision. That
is a decision that they will have."

Will fifty passes be the norm for the rest of the year or will you
just take what the defense gives you?

"If the defensive structure is the same it would be. Unless our
backs were more physical and they could make the defense miss. The
easiest thing to do is just hand the ball off and run it, but that is
just not always the case. If a team plays us the same way as Duke, we
could throw 50 passes again."

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