Georgia Tech vs. UNC: 3 questions with Joe Speed

Three questions with Georgia Tech cornerbacks coach Joe Speed ahead of Saturday’s game at North Carolina:

Q: I imagine this is a week where you have to tell your guys to be a little more aggressive because of the way that North Carolina plays with quick screens and with the way they move their receivers around.

A: Yeah, it’s the same every week. The fundamentals never change, and I will always harp on the fundamentals. We’ve tried to establish a good base starting back in camp and they know the details of the assignment need to be worked every week. There’s no question we have a formidable task this week with the talented receiving corps they have in Chapel Hill.

Q: It doesn’t look like they use their tight ends a ton in the passing game, but given the success of Duke (against Tech) would you expect they will use them?

A: The tight end is a big target. Third down they like to try to get him the ball and (Ryan) Switzer as well. We have to be sound in all facets and make sure that we cover all the eligibles, don’t cover all the decoys.

Q: Coach (Paul) Johnson was saying that the players have to play better, the coaches have to coach better. what does that mean to you this week and the rest of the season?

A: Continue to work the fundamentals. Continue to have guys run to the ball. Continue to work the details of the assignment. It’s something we try to harp on every day and something that I’m never going to try to slack off on. If I see a guy loafing on the field it’s my job to get after him.

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