Video: UNC Football Field PrepAnother loss in the ACC but at least UNC looked good! So how exactly did the stars and stripes end up on the field at Kenan Stadium? A.J. Nwoko has the answer.
Tale of the Tape: Georgia TechThe most shocking finding in the stats comparison this week is the fact Georgia Tech's defense is actually worse than UNC's in yards per played allowed. The Yellow Jackets have a slightly worse 6.3 yards per play allowed but under 400 yards per game allowed. The key? Ball control on the offensive side. Georgia Tech is 18th in time of possession. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tar Heels Look To Avoid Habitual Yellow Jacket StingThe 2-4 North Carolina football team welcomes 5-1 Georgia Tech to Chapel Hill this weekend for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday under the lights at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels will be searching for their first ACC win of the season. Saturday’s game is a classic contrast in styles. It’s the jumpy, up-tempo UNC offense up against the deliberate, ‘lull you to sleep’ triple-option assault of Georgia Tech. (Chapelboro.com)
Butch Davis: UNC should be a top-10 programThe final poll of the 1998 season – that was the last time UNC football was ranked in the AP top 10. Former head coach Butch Davis, who led the Tar Heels out onto the field as a ranked team 11 times in his four-year coaching stint from 2007-10, said there is no reason UNC shouldn’t see the top 10 more often. “I felt like it was an institution that had all the potential to be a top-10, top-5 football program in the country,” Davis said Thursday. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Study Hall: Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43And let's go ahead and say it: I was fooled by UNC. I know people get sucked in by the Heels each year, and I usually resist. But I thought offense and special teams would be good enough to overcome mediocre defense, and that UNC would be a solid top-40, or potentially much better, team. Instead, the Heels' defense has been awful, and special teams has been worse. (Football Study Hall)
Video: UNC Coordinator Insight - Georgia TechSeth Littrell and Vic Koenning breakdown what they expect to see on defense and offense when Coastal division opponent Georgia Tech comes to Chapel Hill on Saturday night.
Kareem Martin Has Expanded Role Now with Arizona CardinalsWith Darnell Dockett lost for the season, rookie Kareem Martin has a more expanded role now with the Arizona Cardinals. The 3-1 Red Birds drafted the defensive end in the third round of this year's NFL Draft with an eye towards helping their pass rush. Martin has five tackles and one pass defended on his Cardinals resume so far. (AZ Cardinals 101)
Marquise Williams turns to old pal for word on JacketsUNC quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday. The Charlotte natives have known each other for almost 10 years and bonded during clinics and camps. The information should come in handy on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC's Offensive Tempo Adding to Defensive WoesThere’s a laundry list of problems to highlight in trying to explain UNC’s current defensive predicament. The Tar Heels rank 124th in scoring defense (43.3 ppg) and 117th in total defense (508.0 ypg). One aspect that hasn’t gotten much attention, however, is the relationship between Larry Fedora’s uptempo offense and the effects of that increased tempo on the defensive efforts. (Inside Carolina)
Audio: A Chat With GT Coach Paul JohnsonWCHL's Matt Oakes caught up with Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Johnson to discuss the state of GT football, the parity in the ACC, the triple-option offense and his matchup with the Tar Heels this weekend in Chapel Hill. (Chapelboro.com)
One Thing to Watch: Georgia TechThe dive, the keep, the pitch. Georgia Tech’s flex bone offense doesn’t consist entirely of the triple option play, but it’s the glue that holds everything together. In the week leading up to a game against Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team, the talk of UNC's defense is ‘assignment football.’ That means knowing and executing your own assignment and trusting your teammates to know theirs. (GoHeels.com)
In Green Bay, a more mellow Julius Peppers will face Carolina PanthersThe Carolina Panthers’ player reunion tour continues this week when they visit Green Bay and face another of their former Pro Bowlers in Julius Peppers. Peppers has been gone for five years, so his emotions about his exit from Charlotte aren’t as raw as those of Steve Smith, who promised “blood and guts” when his Baltimore Ravens faced Carolina in Week 4. (Charlotte Observer)
Jackets must move past Duke loss, prep for UNCThe Yellow Jackets will play at North Carolina on Saturday night as they try to remain near the top of the ACC’s Coastal Division race. Paul Johnson said he has “all the confidence” in quarterback Justin Thomas, who threw two interceptions against Duke. It was a rare poor game for Thomas, who threw only one interception in the 5-0 start. Georgia Tech led the ACC in turnover ratio before the loss. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: Larry Fedora, Jeff Schoettmer Wednesday Post-Practice InterviewsLarry Fedora and Jeff Schoettmer talk special teams execution, playing disciplined football and practicing without a ball in order to stop Georgia Tech's triple option offense on October 15, 2014.
UNC's Running Back Production LackingNorth Carolina’s running back meeting room is stocked with talent, yet for the second year in a row, it’s quarterback Marquise Williams that is leading the team in rushing. Williams has been the featured offensive back in UNC’s ground game the past two weeks, averaging 113 rushing yards on 18.5 carries per game. The running backs have totaled just 67 yards on 33 carries over that span. (Inside Carolina)
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