Post-game comments following the 38-22 Georgia Tech loss to North Carolina from linebacker David Curry, running back Jordan Mason, defensive end Antwan Owens, wide receiver Malachi Carter and quarterback James Graham
Linebacker David Curry
On the difficulties defending third down
“You can say it’s a lot of different things. There’s no finger pointing. It’s the front seven not getting enough push. It’s the back not covering well enough. You can blame it on anything you want, but it comes down to, as a defense, we’ve just got to come together and get off the field on third down and give our offense the ball back when they’re rolling.”
Running back Jordan Mason
On where the offense stands after five games
“Just, overall, if you come to one of our practices, we don’t practice like a losing team. It’s just, we’ve got to put things together and get rolling. That’s all it is.”
On the improved play in the second half
“Our plan was to just come out and pound the ball more than we did the first half. Of course, we had a difference with the quarterback changes. We had James (Graham) in all day, and we brought (Tobias Oliver) in for some swings. James did his thing (Saturday). I’m proud of him. We’ve just got to put our pieces together.
Defensive end Antwan Owens
On his interception
“I dropped, I saw the ball coming towards me, I knew I had to make a play, a big play for my teammates. Good job on the DB’s making sure he’d get the checkdown so I could get the interception. Good job for the d-linemen getting the rush, and (also) the linebackers. All congrats on that play goes to my teammates. It’s just an awesome play by everybody.”
Wide receiver Malachi Carter
On improved play in the second half
“It seems like our quick game works a lot, it definitely works pretty well. I feel like when we just play at our quick tempo like we always practice during practice – when we just play at that quick two-minute tempo – we just get the ball down the field. We don’t give the defense a lot of time to adjust, things like that. So we feel a lot more comfortable when we play in that quick offense – get on the ball, let’s run our plays. Because it just really makes things run smooth. That’s really what brought us together in the second half, just playing how we know how to play.”
On his third-quarter touchdown reception
“It felt great. We’ve been talking about it all week, me and my boy James, just finally finding that chemistry that connection we’ve been looking for and I felt like that was just the first sign of what we can do this season.”
Quarterback James Graham
On Saturday vs. the Temple game
“I feel a lot better. Those guys (on the offensive line) fought their butt off to block for me (Saturday). I could have got it out a little faster, (played) a few reads (better), but overall it was pretty good. I salute those guys for their effort.”
On the potential of the wide receiver group
“It’s exciting. Having guys like Malachi, (Ahmarean Brown), Adonicas Sanders, (Tyler Davis), even the backup tight ends came in a little bit and showed what they can do. But we’re going to get better every day in practice and the connection’s going to get better. It’s just going to all come together.”
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