Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Davis quips that Carolina might put NCAA updates on I-40 billboard

You could tell in Butch Davis’ voice Wednesday that he is weary of talking about the NCAA and academic investigations and whether the 12 players being held out will return. Davis said again Wednesday that there is no update as Saturday’s game at Rutgers approaches.

“We’ll probably put up billboards on I-40 and announce it,” Davis said. “But as of right now, the team we played with against LSU and Georgia tech is the team we are preparing to play against Rutgers.” Davis said

Carolina decided to take that approach before the opener against LSU. “We practice all week long with the players we know are going to play,” he said.

That has meant some opportunities for other players, including tailback Johnny White. White fumbled early against LSU and disappeared, but ran hard Saturday in the 30-24 loss to Georgia Tech. Shaun Draughn, the starter in 2009, had been held out of the LSU game but was reinstated for the Tech contest.

“It was good to get Shaun back,” Davis said. “There is room for both of these guys to play. Johnny has earned everything he has been given right now.”

Davis said it will take time for Draughn “to get back into game playing condition.”

“Shaun will play a little bit bigger role each week as he gets back into the groove of the offense,” Davis said.

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