“Let me tell you how close (things can be in college football). All this stuff is close. If Jamie Barnette was redshirted, when I got here (in 2000) he would have been a senior. Then I could have redshirted Philip Rivers. Then Philip would’ve been a fifth-year senior when we were the No. 1 defense in the country. (If Rivers and that 2004 defense were together), who do you think has a chance of playing for the national championship?
“The puzzle hasn’t fit that way yet, you know? It hasn’t overlapped. The offense has been real good when the defense started to come along. Then we had that year (2002) when they were both good, when we won 11 games and the defense was in the top three or four in the statistics of the ACC in three or four different areas, and the offense was as well. But it’s always been a lopsided thing, and we’ve got to get that happy medium there. That’s all part of putting it together.”