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Butch Davis Likes Maryland's Front Seven

How things change in nine days. Maryland's defense was not very physical against Virginia Tech. Now we have UNC Coach Butch Davis calling Maryland's front seven "very physical."

Here is some more reaction from Davis:

"Obviously, it's a very disappointing loss. We didn't play well enough to win the game. You've got to give Maryland a great deal of credit. They did some things tonight that are certainly conducive to winning tough football games. They were running the football. They did a great job on third down conversions. We didn't take advantage of some great field position. We had opportunities inside the 20, 25 yard line and we had to settle for field goals. And by not converting the touchdowns it's certainly going to come back to haunt you. You miss a field goal and it could have been potentially critical. We didn't play well enough to win the game."

"That's what I told you during the week was the Maryland was a very physical, front-seven football team. And they've given a lot of people some real difficult times trying to run the football. Certainly, the weather conditions didn't help us at all. It negated a little bit of our passing, a little bit of our speed that we thought maybe might have been an advantage. But by no stretch of the imagination can you take anything away from Maryland. They played well and deserved to win the game."

"As you're building this program, there's a lot of steps that go into building a program and not all of them are vertical, not all of them go up. We'll learn something from this ball game. We've got a bunch of kids in that locker room that are hurting right now. But there's a lot to play for."

"There was a lot of chances where we could have scored more points than just kicking field goals."

"They did. They did a few things, but that's the coaches jobs is to try to put those fires out, is to try to show em on the sidelines, draw it up, try to get our kids to understand what the new blocking schemes are going to be like. We've got to be able to adjust. Cause you can't predict with absolute certainty that every time a team shows up that they're going to run exactly everything you've been seeing. They had a few plays that we really never got a handle on. And third down on our side, we're one of 11 on third down conversions. You've got no chance. We got beat up on time of possession. So, that makes it extraordinarily difficult to score."

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 16, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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