Postgame Quotes • Nov. 24, 2012
North Carolina 45, Maryland 38
North Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora Quotes
"Wow, what a game. It was like two different games in the first half and the second half. I was proud of the way these guys fought back in the second half, came out there and fought, scratched, clawed their way to a victory. I'm proud again of these seniors and what they mean to this team. To be Coastal Division champs - and that's the way we'll look at it - we're very proud of this football team."
On the goal to win the Coastal:
"Our No. 1 goal this year was to be Coastal Division champs. This senior class led this football team to a Coastal Division championship. I can't say enough about what they've done for this program and for this University. It means everything to us. It gives us a lot of momentum going into the offseason, into recruiting and into next year."
On what was different in second half:
"Just energy. We didn't change anything with the adjustments. All we talked about at halftime was playing with some energy. Even in the first half when we made plays, there was no excitement out there. And you can not play the game that way, especially on defense. We did get that in the second half.
There's no reason why (lacked energy). We didn't do anything different. You can't blame it on Thanksgiving. You can't blame it on Senior night. We just didn't."
Adversity of touchdowns at end of first half, start of second:
"We gave them a touchdown with 15, 13 seconds on the clock and we come out and they return the opening kickoff. That'll put most teams away. They didn't blink. They didn't worry about it. They kept playing. That's something to be said about this group. We talked to the seniors last night about not just in the game of football, but in the game of life you're going to have adversity. Life is full of adversity and it's how you react to it, what you do to overcome it. That determines what kind of man you are. I'm confident that these guys have learned lessons this year and understand how to overcome it."
Frustration on not going to ACC championship game:
"It's no more or no less, because we dealt with it on the day we were told. We never looked back. It wasn't like we were going to get there and then be disappointed. It is what it is. We found that out back in April and we talked about it as a team and everybody got to express their disappointment and anger at that time. After that it was like 'Ok, here's the plan. Here's what we're going to do." And we haven't talked about it since."
"I can't say enough about these 17 seniors about what they mean to this program, this team, this University, this entire Tar Heel nation, because they persevered. These guys have made major contributions to this football team all year. We'll miss their leadership. The exciting thing about it is there will be a whole new group of guys who will step up and they'll fall into those roles because it becomes their team tonight."
On upcoming talks with Giovani about going pro or returning to UNC:
"I'll visit with him tomorrow at 9 a.m. He doesn't know that yet though. I'll talk to him about the process. We'll gather as much information as we can to help him and his family make a good, educated decision. It's their decision. All I want to do is provide as much information as possible so they can make a good, educated decision."
UNC Player Quotes
On the importance of his last play as a Tar Heel
"It was very important. I'm just happy I got to get back out there for my final collegiate game. It really meant a lot. As for my emotions, I feel like I handled it fairly well. Seemed like a couple of my teammates and my coaches were trying to get me to cry but I held it all together."
On what he will miss most about playing in Chapel Hill
"Playing with my teammates. They are my biggest fans. That's what kept me here and that's what I love the most. These are the best times of my life. The kind of bond that we have together, I don't think I'll ever be able to replace it."
On playing his last game in Kenan Stadium
"Obviously I wish I could have done more, caught a few more balls, but I did get a touchdown and we won which was the ultimate goal. We told all the other guys on the team to play for us the seniors and they did that. We finished strong."
On his time at Carolina
"It was a long way. I've been through a lot at Carolina with the investigation, allegations and suspensions and all of that. We've been through a lot. There's been a lot of adversity throughout my four years here. I've been through three different head coaches, three different weight-lighting coaches, three conditioning coaches. I've learned a lot and it's made me stronger. I came back for tonight, to come back and win."
On the journey of his senior season
"In the spring we had to get used to a new coaching staff and a new offense and defense. I feel like we've come a long way with that and became comfortable. We trust each other. It's definitely been a journey and not too many people have seen the ups and downs like we have. It's been great. I've definitely grown from it. All of us have."
His memories of Carolina football
"There are so many. There's moments in the games -- like beating Florida State a couple years ago, beating Virginia Tech and NC State this year -- those are really special moments. Coming into this final game and getting the win, I'll remember it all. "
On his recent impact in the Carolina offense
"I've definitely started to get in my groove but now it's all over, but that's something to carry into next year."
On building a playing relationship with Bryn Renner
"It's been gradual. He's trusting me over time and the last couple of games he's been trusting me a lot I guess."
On building confidence through the end of the season
"It's really high. I feel like I can go out there and make a lot of plays now."