October 23, 2007

UNC looks to Wake for immediate model

Butch Davis' dream is not to turn North Carolina into Wake Forest, but there are attributes about Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons that Davis would love to emulate at this point in the Tar Heels' program.

"The thing that impresses me the most when I watch their football team is they are very well-coached in all three phases," Davis said.

Yes, this sounds like the usual coach speak, but listen further and one can tell that Davis is sincere about his admiration for what Grobe has done because it is similar to what Davis and his staff have been trying to do this year: play to the strengths of the individuals' skills on the team and eliminate the mistakes that are self-defeating.

"They really, truly know what they are trying to get accomplished," Davis said. "They understand their personnel. They understand what their kids can do, what they can't do. They don't try to ask them to do things they can't do. The things they ask them to do, they do very, very well.

"They're very efficient on offense. They're averaging more than 350 yards on offense. The quarterback is very efficient. He protects the ball, takes care of the ball. … The defense is very opportunistic."

The Deacons' defense has scored 10 touchdowns.

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