“I felt pretty good,” Graham said after the game. “But I had a few overthrown balls. Just the basic fundamentals, I’ve got to do in the game what I do in practice. Just take it to the game and we’ll be alright.”
On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude called Graham’s performance “inconsistent,” saying he mixed “NFL throws” and passes “into the third row.” He further said that Graham still “needs to take 10 more steps before he really understands what he’s doing, and he’s really going to be prolific.”
Overall, he gave the impression of a coach ready to give Graham more of an opportunity.
“I think we’re on the right track, and I think you can have a special player with No. 4 throwing it around,” he said.
The challenge for Graham and the Tech offense Saturday will be considerable. UNC defensive coordinator Jay Bateman has a reputation for disguising pass coverages and blitzing from all angles.