Davis praises ACC, addresses offensive line issues
Posted August 13, 2009
Updated August 14, 2009
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The ACC has been fighting for their right as a football conference the past few years. Miami and Florida State have struggled in recent years, and Virginia Tech has been the league's only presence in a BCS bowl. The ACC did take 10 teams to bowl games last year, which is something no other conference could say.
"I think it's extraordinarily competitive," UNC coach Butch Davis told 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio. "We throw out there that 10 of the 12 teams went to bowl games ... you're always going to play teams that have enough confidence and pride to feel like they're knocking at the door."
Davis said that one of the biggest strengths of this conference isn't just the players, but the coaches. Mentioning Wake Forest's Jim Grobe, Maryland's Ralph Friedgen and Florida State's Bobby Bowden by name, Davis says that everyone in the conference respects each other as a coach.
"You have got to have your football team very well prepared on Saturday in this conference because the other coaches are doing the same thing."
On the field for the Tar Heels, the offensive line is clearly becoming an issue. Tackle Carl Gaskins suffered a torn ACL in Wednesday's practice and will miss the whole season. Backup tackle Kevin Bryant decided to leave the program a day before.
Davis compared the offensive line to the wide receiver group in that it's a work in progress every day at practice.
"The depth of the offensive line, that's clearly an issue," Davis said.
He did say backup center Cam Holland is having a very good training camp. He called him the strongest player on the football team.
One positive for the inexperienced players, according to Davis, is being able to have one-on-one battles in practice everyday with the likes of Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and E.J. Wilson. But he knows that experience only comes with time.
"It's gonna be a continuation throughout the entire camp and into the season to grow some depth and experience."