No Personnel Changes for North Carolina
One week ago, North Carolina was undefeated, ranked No. 22 and had an opportunity to make an ACC statement against Georgia Tech before returning to Chapel Hill for three consecutive home games. But last Saturday's 24-7 loss to the Yellow Jackets dampened the mood, and the Tar Heels enter Saturday's game against Virginia trying to stay afloat.
North Carolina Coach Butch Davis said the team simply needs better execution. He will not make any major personnel changes.
"Absolutely not. I think that we’re playing the best players that we’ve got," Davis told reporters. "But we’ve got to look at what are their capabilities and what can they realistically do. And then how can they get better at what we’re trying to do. I think the worst thing that we could do is to try to do some kind of a magical hodgepodge where you move the offensive line around. They’ve got to get some consistency and some continuity during the course of the week and during the course of the season.
"We’ve got to be more effective and we’ve got to get the ball into the hands of our playmakers better. We’ve done that at times and we haven’t done it as well as we needed to. We didn’t have many opportunities, so that’s our fault. "
In reviewing North Carolina, Virginia Coach Al Groh has been most impressed with sophomore defensive end Robert Quinn, who recovered from brain surgery as a high school senior to become one of the top freshmen in the ACC last season. He has three sacks and 5 1/2 tackles for a loss this season. Groh compared Quinn to Georgia Tech star Derrick Morgan.
"He can go. He's really an impressive-looking player.," Groh said of Quinn. "He just comes off the edge like few players can. He and Morgan were very similar in terms of that during this game."
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