CHAPEL HILL – Giovani Bernard told reporters on Monday afternoon that he’s healthy as well as ready to practice and play against Wake Forest on Saturday.
Bernard had plenty to be happy about with his performance against Elon
The 5-9, 205-pounder rolled up 203 yards of total offense scoring three touchdowns in the Tar Heels 62-0 rout of Elon this past Saturday. The first score came on a 59-yard run, the second was a 6-yd reception and his final touchdown was a 70-yd punt return.
Although he sat out the entire second half after some discomfort in his left knee, Larry Fedora told reporters after the game that he could have returned to action if he was needed.
On Monday afternoon, Bernard confirmed that he’ll practice like normal this week and will see as many snaps as necessary against Wake Forest on Saturday.
“I feel good and I’m ready to go,” the Florida native said.
Bernard also answered a few additional questions about his debut as a punt returner and remaining focused as the team prepares for it’s first ACC conference game against Wake Forest.
On his debut as a punt returner:
“The first time the guy kicked it I fair caught it. I just wanted to get a catch under my belt. The first return I had was for about 30-yards and on the third punt return coach said jokingly, ‘You know you can take this back if you want,’ and I told him, ‘Watch this!’ From then I ran by fan and thought it might be clipping or something but thankfully it was only a facemask or something and I kept playing.”
How do you not get complacent after a big win like that?
“When we evaluated the film there were still some things we need to work on. We want to be faster. There were a couple times we sat around watching the play and not running up and getting ready for the next one. Everyone saw the points but there are things we need to work on that will make us the team that we want to be.”
How ready were you to show off the new offense?
“I know for me and a lot of guys on the team we just wanted to run this system against someone else. We wanted to show people what we’ve been working on and that this is the machine that we’ve been trying to build this entire time. It still needs to get better but it was a great first game.”