July 2011
« Jun   Aug »

Category Cloud

2008 Football Season (188)
2008-09 Basketball Season (465)
2009 Football Season (136)
2009-10 Basketball Season (308)
2010 Football Season (244)
2010-11 Basketball Season (325)
2011 Baseball Season (37)
2011 Football Season (146)
2011-12 Basketball Season (135)
2012 Football Season (1)
850 The Buzz (6)
ACC (27)
ACC Baseball Tournament (4)
ACC Basketball (410)
ACC Bloggers Roundtable (1)
ACC Blogs (8)
ACC Football (224)
ACC Tournament (100)
ACC/Big Ten Challenge (10)
AD Search (8)
Analysis (123)
Anti-Duke (33)
Bad Officiating (9)
Beating Michigan St. (1)
Blogger Q&A (6)
Blogging (63)
Blogpoll (6)
Bowl Games (20)
Butch Davis Watch (9)
Caption This (1)
Car Care Bowl (3)
Carolina Hurricanes (16)
Carrier Classic (7)
Carrier Game (1)
CBI (3)
Cheaters (3)
Class Acts (4)
Coaching Search (55)
College Football (45)
College World Series (35)
Conference Realignment (5)
Daddy (4)
Dean Smith (10)
Dick Baddour (4)
Director's Cup (2)
Drafts (99)
Duke (10)
ESPN (36)
Final Four (54)
Former Players (18)
Game Thread (84)
General Sports Blogs (14)
Good Bad and Ugly Report (8)
History (38)
Holidays (2)
Idiot Analysts (15)
Idiotic Columns (24)
Injury Report (107)
International Basketball (15)
Justice (12)
Legal Trouble (5)
Life at Home (5)
Like Death Warmed Over (1)
Local Media/Blogs (90)
Locked Comments (2)
Losing to a Football School Sucks (1)
McDonalds AA Game (5)
MLB (9)
Music City Bowl (3)
Naismith Hall of Fame (10)
National Championship (44)
National Signing Day (1)
NBA (126)
NC Pro Am (6)
NC Sports Hall of Fame (2)
NCAA Baseball Tournament (18)
NCAA Basketball (109)
NCAA Investigation (203)
NCAA Tournament (314)
News (1)
NFL (29)
NIT (32)
Not Really A Sport (3)
Odds and Ends (10)
Official Stances (3)
Olympics (3)
PGA Golf (7)
Player Profile (32)
Player Transfers (5)
Player Tweets (2)
Polls (4)
Radio (1)
Rampant Stupidity (18)
Random Stuff (1)
Rant Mode (7)
Raycom Sports Blog Network (2)
Recruiting (97)
Referees (2)
Reflections (4)
Retraction (1)
Rivals (28)
Roy (29)
Satire/Humor (46)
Season Preview (12)
Senior Night (2)
Site Issues (2)
Sports in General (16)
Spring Practice (7)
Summer of Deon (22)
Team Scrilla (2)
The Duke Game (14)
The NCAA (30)
THF ACC Awards (3)
THF Community (4)
THF Countdown (32)
THF Family (6)
THF Fantasy Draft (1)
THF Tournament Pick 'em (4)
Total Lack of Class (2)
Tragic News (14)
Triangle Pigskin Preview (1)
Trolls (24)
Twitter (3)
Twitter Blog (1)
Twitter Live Blog (1)
UNC All Sports (30)
UNC Baseball (117)
UNC Basketball (1948)
UNC Blogs/Sites (1)
UNC Fans (1)
UNC Football (985)
UNC Men's Soccer (3)
UNC Women's Soccer (1)
UNC-Duke Game (24)
UNC-Duke Rivalry (8)
Uncategorized (8)
Unlinkables (11)
Vacation (7)
Weekend Open Thread (1)
Weird Crap (3)
Whiny Coaches (2)
Wisdom of Fools (2)
World Cup Soccer (1)
Year of Hell (10)
Zeke Smith Photos (4)

WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck and Luke Morton requires Flash Player 9 or better.

Butch Davis At ACC Kickoff: The Football Stuff

Running backs, quarterbacks and linemen(oh my!)

Having listened to Butch Davis answer different questions at ACC Football Kickoff, it was interesting to watch his emotional responses or the degree to which he checks what he says when answering an NCAA questions versus a football one. With the NCAA questions he has to be careful, make calculated statements and stick to certain talking points. When football questions get asked Davis is still guarded in his response but you can tell that is the topic he really wants to discuss. Davis wants to answer the question about how Bryn Renner will do or which part of the team concerns him most. I am sure he would love nothing better than to come back next season and deal with nothing but football questions, that is if he is still UNC’s coach next year.

Anyway, because the NCAA questions took up so much time, we only got nuggets when it came to actual football. The question Davis heard the most was concerning QB Bryn Renner. The quick story on Renner is he has the arm, the talent and the confidence. What he lacks is the experience which can only come by playing. Davis thinks Renner that quality you see in mobile QBs to extend plays and make something happen. In short Renner has the tools just not the game experience which tells me we should be prepared for the occasional bad decision. However there is also the possibility Renner can make the spectacular play as well. Or better stated, Renner might be able to turn a five yard loss into a 15 yard gain but will he have the wits about him to spike the football with one second left and 15 players on the field?

Here is a quick hit of some of the other items Davis covered.

  • Transfer DT Brandon Willis who committed to Tennessee, then left for UCLA, sat out the required year only to decide he wanted to come back to UNC is still waiting NCAA approval to play this season. Color me shocked.
  • RB Ryan Houston will not be taking contact in practice until mid-August as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery. Houston is the only running back UNC has with any kind of real experience so it is an understatement to say having him back is a big deal.
  • Davis called the linebackers “an area of concern.” This strikes me as low balling it a bit. UNC has Zach Brown and Kevin Reddick in two positions. All that is left is to fill the third and there are plenty of players fighting for that spot. The secondary on the other hand will keep people awake at night yet Davis did not seem concerned about that unit. Misdirection? Intentionally screwing with people? Coachspeak gone wild? I have no idea.
  • JUCO transfer Sylvester Williams is getting a fair amount of attention. Davis said Williams has dealt with some difficult times and is “impressive” as a person. His football isn’t bad either based on various reports since spring practice.
  • The defensive and offensive lines are strengths. I think the OL will merit watching since they have not necessarily always performed consistently and with a rookie QB behind them ratchets up their value even more.

Inside Carolina has a summary piece on Davis who also alluded to recruiting being tougher this season. I think that is evident looking at the commit list which had more in the way of highly rated players at this point a year ago. It would not surprise me to see the upcoming recruiting class ranked much lower than the previous years.

Tar Heel Blue has full audio of remarks from Butch Davis and players Jonathan Cooper and Tydreke Powell.

Share This Post:
[Bloglines] [del.icio.us] [Digg] [Facebook] [MySpace] [Technorati] [Windows Live] [Yahoo!] [Email]

1 comment to Butch Davis At ACC Kickoff: The Football Stuff

  • Heels Perspective

    Yes, great to be talking about actual football.

    I agree that the comment about the LB’s was interesting. Behind that DL, the LB’s should have a field day…. oh, yea, I forgot, there is the Defensive Coordinator who had a penchant for not using NFL caliber LB’s to their fullest potential. Maybe that was Davis’ concern?

    Hopefully, Houston, Bernard and Travis Riley will all be at 100% phyisically. Howver, the he most exciting RB might be Romar Morris.

    My only worry with Renner is his health.