Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - ECUVic Koenning and Seth Littrell break down how they plan to defend and attack East Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville.
Greg Ellis Named An ACC LegendFormer North Carolina All-America Greg Ellis, who is still the all-time leader in sacks, has been named to the ACC's 2014 Class of Legends. The class, which consists of one legend from each school, will be honored at the 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. on December 6. (GoHeels.com)
One Thing to Watch: East CarolinaMost concerning for the Tar Heels is the number of missed tackles in the San Diego State game, an eye-opening 34. The Pirate offense will spread out defenders, so the Tar Heels are going to have to make open-field tackles. If not, senior safety Tim Scott says, “It’s going to be just like last year. We’re going to get embarrassed.” (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tim Scott Leads From The BackUNC senior safety Tim Scott made the switch from cornerback at the end of last season and has helped lead the Tar Heels defense to a tie for sixth in the nation in interceptions.
Breakin’ It Down: ECUUNC leads the all-time series 12-3-1, but the Pirates smashed the Tar Heels 55-31 a season ago in Chapel Hill. Saturday’s game will mark only the fourth meeting at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium between the schools. The 2014 encounter promises to be hotly-contested, with the Pirates wanting to prove last year was no fluke and the Tar Heels hoping to exact some revenge on their in-state rivals. (OakeSports)
Make-or-break time for North CarolinaStarting at East Carolina on Saturday, North Carolina begins its toughest stretch of the season -- seven straight games against teams that currently have winning records. Three of the next four are on the road, including games next week at No. 22 Clemson and at No. 9 Notre Dame on Oct. 11. Also in the mix are games against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Miami. (ESPN.com)
Tale of the Tape: East CarolinaCertainly UNC's offense, which is ranked in the 70s nationally in total offense, is a concern given the caliber of opponent the Tar Heels faced in the first two games. ECU's defense has been decent against teams ranked in the lower half of FBS in total offense. Since that's where UNC is sitting, the Pirates defense will be enough to keep the Tar Heels in check. (Tar Heel Blog)
Defending the Air RaidLincoln Riley’s offense carved up UNC for 55 points and 603 total yards of offense in 2013. The challenge for the Tar Heels this time around hasn’t gotten any easier. Riley, ECU’s 31-year-old offensive coordinator, has the Pirates averaging 7.2 yards per play and 512.3 yards per game in 2014 despite trips to top-25 opponents South Carolina and Virginia Tech. (Inside Carolina)
B. Strong for BryceEverywhere he goes, quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf wears a band around his wrist. It’s rubber, a little thicker than a standard rubber band, and Carolina blue, naturally. It’s not a standard piece of Nike-issued equipment. No, this tiny little wristband has a deeper meaning. Engraved on the outside of the band is the phrase ‘B. STRONG’. The ‘B’ stands for Bryce. (GoHeels.com)
Travis Hughes, UNC defense looking for a second chanceTravis Hughes led the UNC defense against ECU with nine total tackles, two for a loss, last year. But UNC’s overall performance — specifically the defense’s — wiped away his smile on that day, too. Now, with a chance for revenge looming, the UNC defense needs energy, specifically from Hughes, to contain the high-octane ECU offense in Greenville Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Mack Hollins on "Coaching With Caleb Pressley"In this week's episode, Coach Caleb questions rising star wide receiver Mack Hollins about his sudden ascension to stardom.
Tar Heels Prepare For PiratesAs far as quarterback Marquise Williams is concerned, UNC has no choice but to respect ECU heading into Saturday's game in Greenville. After ECU put on a dominating display in Kenan Stadium to defeat Carolina 55-31 last season, it was clear that the Pirates had earned that respect. That's why it isn't hard to imagine why UNC is so motivated for this year's game against the Pirates. (GoHeels.com)
Audio: A Chat with ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeillWCHL’s Matt Oakes caught up with Pirate head coach Ruffin McNeill earlier this week. The two discussed the Pirates’ upset victory at Virginia Tech last weekend, Shane Carden’s leadership role on the ECU offense and of course, his team’s in-state showdown with UNC this Saturday afternoon. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC Offensive Attack Lacking ConsistencyUNC head football coach Larry Fedora is known for his offensive prowess, but the Carolina skipper hasn’t been satisfied with the Tar Heel attack so far in 2014. Despite averaging over 400 yards per game and placing among the top 20 in the nation in points scored, Coach Fedora says his offense has a long way to go to meet his lofty expectations. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC focused on correcting last year's mistakesFor the past two weeks, North Carolina has been preparing to take on East Carolina to avenge the 55-31 beating the Tar Heels took at the hands of the Pirates last season. For the past 12 months, the UNC defense has been using that game as motivation to make sure the embarrassing performance doesn’t happen again. (Carolina Blue)
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