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SportSaturday A PUBLICATION OF The Daily Tar Heel | NOVEMBER 7, 2009

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2 | Kickoff

11/7/09 | DTH SPORTSATURDAY

SPORTsaturday sTAff David Reynolds

Jennifer Kessinger

sportsaturday editor

special sections copy editor

Anna Kim, Mark Thompson

Powell Latimer

Ashley Bennet, Anne Krisulewicz

Louie Horvath, Jonathan Jones, Chris Hempson

DTH sports editor

assistant sportsaturday editors

sportsaturday design editorS

assistant DTH sports editors

Andrew Dunn

dth photo editor

Andrew Johnson

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DELAY OF GAME

Basketball has the hardware, but football totes silverware

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orth Carolina is a basketball school, and it always will be. It’s hard to argue against names like Michael Jordan, Phil Ford and James Worthy. But being part of one of the nation’s best basketball programs doesn’t make you king of the campus. So I came up with the top five list of reasons why it’s better to be a football player at UNC. 5. The Tony Siragusa meal plan. Forget Lenoir meal plans. Football players get to wield the Siragusa meal plan. You get allocated a certain amount of money for meals, and you gentleman put it to good use. I know how the linemen hit up every deal beginning with “all-youcan-eat,” and I don’t blame you. If it was my job to remain 300 pounds, I’d take it very seriously too. 4. Fewer losses to Duke. The North Carolina football team hasn’t lost to Duke since 2003. That’s more than four years before the basketball team’s last loss.

Mark Thompson The MT Brain

3. The origin of Rameses. UNC used to have a tough, powerful fullback named Jack Merritt, but fans knew him as “the battering ram.” In 1924, Vic Huggins, UNC’s head cheerleader, suggested North Carolina find a symbol as domineering as other school’s mascots and picked a ram in honor of Merritt. Not only was Rameses named after a football player, but he also still refuses to attend UNC basketball games. 2. 20-17 > 68-66. Last week’s 20-17 last second win against Virginia Tech is much more meaningful than the basketball teams’ last second 68-66 basketball

win in 2008. Even though Tyler Hansbrough celebrated his shot like Usain Bolt on fire, the fact that UNC’s basketball team almost lost to Virginia Tech makes last week’s football win more meaningful — ­ actually worth doing the Hansbrough trot over. 1. Facemask fortification. The No. 1 reason why it’s better to be a UNC football player than a basketball player — your facemask protects you from unwanted Duke elbows (see Henderson, Gerald). Luckily for football players, the only Duke player’s arm small enough to fit through a facemask is Jon Scheyer’s — and he plays basketball. So there you have it — the top five reasons why being a football player at UNC is superior. And even if you disagree, just ask a basketball player. All they got was a dinky ring. Contact the Mark Thompson at markdt@email.unc.edu.


COver Story | 3

DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 11/7/09

Houston sheds pounds to gain extra yardage By David Reynolds SportSaturday Editor

When Ryan Houston arrived at practice for his first conditioning drills his freshman year, he considered himself to be in pretty good shape. But as soon as he heard North Carolina strength and conditioning coach Jeff Connors rattle off what he expected out of every player, Houston learned just how far he had to go. Connors wanted sprints — 16 of them — all exactly 110 yards and every single one a race against the clock. “I know that if I had to do it, I couldn’t have done it,” Houston said. Fortunately for the then-273pound tailback, first-year players weren’t required to pass the test. But while his physical limitations didn’t keep him from practicing with the team, they did limit his production on the field. Touted by Rivals as the No. 21 running back recruit in the nation and No. 7 player in North Carolina, Houston found himself buried on UNC’s depth chart. An admittedly rotund Houston slogged for only 145 yards on 44

attempts that year, good for just a paltry 3.3 yards per carry. “I always would see the hole, but I couldn’t always make it going as fast as I could because I was so heavy,” Houston said. “Trying to play at this level, I felt like after my first season I couldn’t get to where I wanted to go.” Getting there required two major lifestyle changes for a player who was becoming known more for his mammoth size than his carries. Out was a sedentary offseason filled with fried chicken, fast food and other greasy fares. In their place came a steady diet of fruit, vegetables and — of course — plenty of running. The result has been the classic case of addition by subtraction. Having dropped his weight by 28 pounds to a svelte 245, Houston’s well on his way to his most productive season at UNC in his junior season. “With his weight being down from what it was when he was a freshman, he’s quicker. His change of direction is better,” running backs coach Ken Browning said. Houston has used that improved speed to boost his yards per carry

to 4.0 this season, rushing for 287 yards and seven touchdowns. But that’s not to say Houston — the power back in the Tar Heels’ backfield ­— still doesn’t utilize all of the size he has left. Houston has only been brought down once for a loss the entire season, making him particularly effective on short yardage situations and late-game conditions. “When they’re tired and he still weighs 245 pounds in the fourth quarter, you’ve got to bring some wood to drop the guy,” Browning said. “You had better wrap up and get some help.” Used primarily in a backup role to Shaun Draughn early in the season, Houston’s production when he did see the field could not be ignored by UNC’s coaches. After the Tar Heels’ loss to Virginia, coach Butch Davis said the workload split between the two backs would move closer to even due to Houston’s ability to almost always gain positive yardage. So far, that decision has sparked plenty of improvement in a running game that struggled to open conference play. UNC rushers have combined for more than 150 total rushing yards

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Ryan Houston has lost 28 pounds from his freshman to junior seasons. He has boosted his yards per carry from 3.3 to a career-high of 4.0. in each of the three games following Houston’s increased time on the field. “I love that substitution the coaches are doing because it keeps me fresh and it keeps him fresh,” Draughn said. “When he gets in, he’s hungry, and when I get it, I’m

hungry.” And as for those sprints? Once a source of anxiety for a chunky freshman, now they are a necessity for a chiseled junior. “Now it’s like clockwork for me,” Houston said. “I’m in shape like that.”


4 | Gameday preview

11/7/09 | DTH SPORTSATURDAY

Embattled Yates pushes on

key matchups

By Anna Kim

assistant sportsaturday editor

SHaun Draughn unc RUnning BAck

Vincent Rey Duke Linebacker

Draughn has had two consecutive solid games running the ball, which has taken some of the pressure off of the passing game. Vincent Rey is a defensive playmaker and leads the Blue Devils in tackles. Rey, with the help of linemen Vince Oghobaase and Wesley Oglesby, will try to beat Draughn to the corner and slow him down on sweeps. Draughn will need to use his blocks to run effectively.

Deunta Williams UNC Safety

Thaddeus Lewis DUke Quarterback

Thaddeus Lewis is arguably the best quarterback in the ACC. Deunta Williams and the secondary are going to have their hands full trying to contain Lewis’ passing attack, especially with standout freshman Conner Vernon slipping through defenses the way he is. Williams, like Lewis, will have a view of the whole field during plays, and he will try to dictate the plays almost as much as Lewis will.

When quarterback T.J. Yates steps on the field at Kenan Stadium on Tuesdays, he is expected to start anew. He hears the coach’s reminders to leave all other Saturdays — or Thursdays — behind. “When we come out to practice, we don’t know if we won or lost,” offensive coordinator John Shoop said. “The best way is to tear off the rearview mirrors and start thinking about the next game.” But for Yates, a season of disappointments and redemptions has left landmarks and scars. That includes last Thursday, when the quarterback led a 20-17 win over Virginia Tech, which had been in the national championship hunt just 12 days earlier. He doesn’t mind recalling the subsequent pandemonium in the locker room — where the only regularity was the smiles on everybody’s faces. “It’s kind of hard not to take more time with this win and savor it a little bit,” he said. But the victory came in stark contrast to his previous exit off a field — when he was hit by a coin hurled from the stands following a 30-27 loss to Florida State in UNC’s first Thursday night game. After leading the team to its best start since 1997, the quarterback’s performance had later come under intense scrutiny. And ripping off the rearview mirror proves nearly impossible when the quarterback remains under a magnifying glass.

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Quarterback T.J. Yates has experienced plenty of highs and lows this season for UNC. He has thrown nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. And he, of all people, knows it. “The lowest point was after Georgia Tech and Virginia,” Yates said. “We were hitting the low spot in our offense, and our defense was doing all they could do. And we weren’t helping them out at all.” In a 24-7 loss against the Yellow Jackets, Yates completed a mere 11 of 26 attempts for 137 yards with two interceptions and a missed shotgun snap that accounted for another turnover. UNC was able to convert on only one of 11 third downs and retained possession for a paltry 17:54 minutes of game time. The next week, the Tar Heels dropped a 16-3 contest to ACC bottom-feeder Virginia, and Yates

threw two more interceptions and converted 20 of 36 attempts. And as much as he hears the coach’s reminders to forget, he heard the criticism of those who don’t. He even heard it from his own teammates. “It’s very frustrating when they’re going three and out and we’re back on the field or they’re turning the ball over and we’re back on the field,” defensive end Robert Quinn said in a postgame interview. This season, Yates has thrown for a season-high two touchdown passes three times. He has thrown nine interceptions and has only two games without an interception. “Sometimes if you have a bad team, you know you have a bad team and you’re overmatched,” Yates said. “But that wasn’t the case with us. It frustrates you when you know you can do better, but there’s always something that’s kind of holding you back from that.” Running back Shaun Draughn attributed a slew of injuries on the offensive line to Yates’ struggles. “A lot of people say that it’s the decisions he’s making,” Draughn said. “Sit back there and get sacked a couple times. That can mess with someone.” Wide receiver Erik Highsmith said the offense remains confident in its quarterback. But still, it may prove impossible to tear off the rearview mirrors just yet. But with four games left in the season, Shoop hopes Yates can make everybody forget about the passing game’s woes to this point. “There’s still some football to be played this year,” Shoop said. “We are going to write the script. He’s going to write the script.”


GameDay Preview | 5

DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 11/7/09

UNC receivers finding space rushing the ball Reverses, end-arounds pace offense By Mark Thompson

Assistant SportSaturday Editor

Defenses know that when Greg Little or Jheranie Boyd are in motion, it makes their job a lot tougher. Of all the skill sets possessed by the North Carolina wideouts, the most advantageous, especially recently, has been their running ability on reverses and end-around plays. “They demand a lot of respect when they go in motion, so defenses switch and rotate to that,” wide receiver Erik Highsmith said.

But Boyd and Little demand more than respect from opposing defenses. They demand attention. The two receivers have combined for 193 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. With an average pickup of 7.72 yards per rush, defenses are forced to pay attention to UNC’s pre-snap movement. “When we go in motion, they always think we are going to get the end-around,” Boyd said. “That throws off defenses, they motion towards us, they shift towards us and that opens up the running game, so the reverses help

out a lot.” Highsmith said that running a reverse, or a play action reverse, puts him in single coverage situations, which is exactly what the offense wants. And with tight end Zack Pianalto back in the lineup, UNC can stretch opposing defenses even thinner. “It helps out a ton because Pianalto is a great tight end,” Boyd said. “I think we struggled a little bit while he was out but when he came back it had an impact.” As long as North Carolina has offensive success with reverse plays, UNC will continue to run them.

DTH PICKS OF THE WEEK

The DTH SportSaturday staff and one celebrity compete to pick the winners of the biggest ACC and national college football games each week. The DTH Picks of the Week returns from more than a three-week hiatus, and the pickers are back and ready for more. Football beat writer Mike Ehrlich has strengthened his hold on the first-place standing and continues his quest to defend his Picks of the Week title. After an embarrassing week of picks, the DTH sports staff managed to pull themselves out of the dregs and above .500. As expected, the underdog celebrity pick of the week, George Washington, managed to go Last Week Record to date

5-3, tying SportSaturday Editor David Reynolds who continues his unchallenged quest to remain at the very bottom of the standings with resilience and fortitude. This week, Nikhil Patel, the president of the Youth for Western Civilization, will face off against protestor Haley Koch, the final guest picker, who disagrees with the group’s ideas. The two have had their shared of differences in the political arena, and now they will pit their differences in the sporting arena. Let the games continue.

David Mark Anna Powell Mike Reynolds Thompson Kim Latimer Ehrlich 5-3 6-2 6-2 3-5 7-1 18-14 (.563) 20-12(.625) 21-11 (.656) 18-14 (.563) 24-8 (.750)

Nikhil Patel

Chris Nikhil Hempson Patel 6-2 5-3 21-11 (.656) 20-12(.625)

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“That’s just another part of our offense that helps us move the football,” wide receivers coach Charlie Williams said. “All these guys enjoy running the reverses and end-arounds so it works out pretty good.” End-around plays present the Tar Heels with multiple options. Run and gain around seven yards; fake a run and throw a pass to a wide receiver; or their newest trick, fake a run and have a receiver throw down field. A g a i n s t V i r g i n i a Te c h , Highsmith took a handoff on what looked like a reverse, and then

threw it to Little down field. The play broke down early when Highsmith bobbled the handoff, providing a Virginia Tech safety enough time to adjust to the play and cover an open Little. Still, it is one more weapon for the Tar Heels and one more play for which opponents must adjust. Reverses and end-arounds alone could help pace UNC’s aerial attack for the rest of the season. “We’re feeling real comfortable We got a little swag going through us,” Highsmith said. “We know what we can do now so we are just trying to finish the season.”


6 | breakdown

11/7/09 | DTH SPORTSATURDAY,

DUKE

when duke has the ball

No._ Name _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pos. _ _ _ YR.

83 A. Kelly 17 S. Bell

16 K. Burney 37 L. Fantroy

26 D. Varner 86 J. Trezvant 79 K. Hill 76 C. Irwin 67 M. Lederman 55 B. Harper 62 B. Morgan 65 J. Cowart

21 R. Boyette 27 J. Hollingsworth

42 R. Quinn 94 M. McAdoo

68 B. Moore 74 D. Harding

48 K. Reddick 36. K. Tinsley

92 E.J. Wilson 90 Q. Coples

sept. 5 Richmond SEPT. 12 at Army Sept. 19 at Kansas SEPT. 26 N.C. Central OCT. 3 Virginia Tech Oct. 10 at N.C. State OCT. 24 Maryland OCT. 31 at Virginia TODAY at North Carolina NOV. 14 Georgia Tech NOV. 21 at Miami NOV. 28 Wake Forest

series info

9 M. Austin 91 T. Powell

77 J. Holt 71 J. Needham

2 C. Vernon 37 J. Williams

47 Q. Sturdivant 47 Z. Brown 27 D. Williams 10 M. Williams

93 C. Thomas 97 A. Mullins

9 T. Lewis 19 S. Renfree

87 B. Huffman 22 B. King

SCHEDULE

54 B. Carter 57 D. Guy

21 D. Searcy 28 J. Smith

Today’s game will be the 96th meeting between North Carolina and Duke. The Tar Heels hold the lead in the series 56-35-4.

SPECIAL TEAMS

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12 C. Brown 23 J. Hemby

PUNTER: Kevin Jones KICKER: Will Snyderwine PUNT RTN: Johnny Williams KICK RTN: Johnny Williams

scouting report

Veteran Lewis boasts experience, success By Anna Kim

assistant SportSaturday Editor

T. Lewis HEIGHT: 6’1” WEIGHT: 215 SENIOR QUARTERBACK

Duke coach David Cutcliffe didn’t put quarterback Thaddeus Lewis among a group that included Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Heath Shuler and Tee Martin. For one game, he placed Lewis above them. After a 49-28 victory in which Lewis readily handled the Wolfpack for 502 yards on total offense and 13 of 19 conversions on third-down attempts, the coach needed to make one statement. “It has to be the best game I’ve ever had a quarterback have in college,” Cutcliffe said to . The early October game was only one of the impressive victories that the fourth-year starter has orchestrated en route to the team’s 5-3 record. A three-game streak that began with the win over N.C. State marks an accomplishment that has not been reached by Duke since 1989. With it, the Blue Devils have risen to the top of the ACC standings, tied in the loss column with Georgia Tech. It remains an unexpected but not unbelievable feat — with credit to Lewis. The athletic quarterback has showcased his strong arm in the conference’s top-ranked pass offense that

averages 325.1 yards per game and ranks fifth in the NCAA. In eight games, Lewis boasts a 63.5 completion percentage with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. The quarterback ranks second in passing average per game behind Florida State’s Christian Ponder. “He can extend plays,” coach Butch Davis said. “When protection breaks down, or by design, they can use him in quarterback draws. He can get them outside the pocket. He can run. He’s throwing the ball well, and he’s very dangerous.” Davis compared the multidimensionality of Lewis’ game to that of Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who faced the Tar Heels in the team’s victory in Blacksburg. Safety Deunta Williams shared a similar scouting report on the rival quarterback. “He has enough athletic ability that when the play breaks down, he can make plays,” Williams said. “He’s always looking downfield to throw the deep bombs.” But in addition to Lewis’ offensive capabilities, the veteran quarterback has proven to rarely make mistakes. Lewis has thrown only four interceptions this season despite leading the conference in attempts. During his junior season, he held

the school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception with 206, and most pass attempts in a game without an interception with 52. Despite Lewis’ high success in the passing game, the Blue Devils’ total offense only ranks forth in the ACC. While anchored by premiere quarterback play, the Blue Devils have proved to be weighed down by the conference’s worst rushing offense that averages a meager 75.2 yards per game on the ground. As a result, Lewis’ passing performances have accounted for much of the team’s unforeseen success. But it came as no surprise to North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates. Yates is well acquainted with the Duke quarterback both on and off the field, beginning with the Manning camp held in the summer. “He’s an extremely smart guy,” Yates said. “He’s been around a long, long time. I was watching some of his games and he seems to have it all together.” At camp, Yates said they discussed football — along with a few interjections made by the UNC quarterback. “Yeah I haven’t seen the victory bell in their possession,” he said. “We’d like to keep it that way.”

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breakdown | 7

DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 11/7/09

NORTH CAROLINA

when north carolina has the ball

No._ Name _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pos. _ _ _ YR.

1_ _ _ Gene Robinson_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 2_ _ _ Bryn Renner _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ QB _ _ _ 3_ _ _ Peter Magnum_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 3_ _ _ Joshua Adams _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 4_ _ _ Bobby Rome _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FB_ _ _ _ 5_ _ _ Jamal Womble _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 6_ _ _ Anthony Elzy_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TB_ _ _ _ 7_ _ _ Mike Paulus _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ QB _ _ _ 8_ _ _ Greg Little _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 9_ _ _ Marvin Austin _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DT_ _ _ _ 10 _ _ Melvin Williams _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 11 _ _ Joshua McKie _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 11 _ _ Casey Barth _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ PK_ _ _ _ 12 _ _ Charles Brown _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CB _ _ _ 13 _ _ T.J. Yates _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ QB _ _ _ 14 _ _ Braden Hanson_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ QB _ _ _ 15 _ _ A.J. Blue _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ATL _ _ _ 16 _ _ Kendric Burney_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CB _ _ _ 17 _ _ Zack Pianalto_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TE_ _ _ _ 19 _ _ Josh Hunter _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 20 _ _ Shaun Draughn_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 21 _ _ Da’Norris Searcy _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ 23 _ _ Jordan Hemby _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CB _ _ _ 23 _ _ Steven Hatley _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 24 _ _ Terry Shankle_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 26 _ _ Mywan Jackson _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 27 _ _ Deunta Williams _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ 28 _ _ Jonathan Smith_ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ 29 _ _ Brian Gupton_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CB _ _ _ 30 _ _ Carter Brown_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 30 _ _ C.J. Feagles_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ P _ _ _ _ 32 _ _ Tyler Caldwell _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ 32 _ _ Ryan Houston _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TB_ _ _ _ 33 _ _ Christian Wilson _ _ _ _ _ _ _ HB _ _ _ 33 _ _ Hayden Hunter_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 34 _ _ Johnny White_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 35 _ _ Herman Davidson _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 36 _ _ Kennedy Tinsley _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 37 _ _ LaCount Fantroy _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CB _ _ _ 39 _ _ Grant Schallock _ _ _ _ _ _ _ P _ _ _ _ 40 _ _ Hunter Furr_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 42 _ _ Robert Quinn_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DL_ _ _ _ 43 _ _ Curtis Byrd_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ FB_ _ _ _ 43 _ _ Curtis Campbell _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DB _ _ _ 44 _ _ Trase Jones_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ PK/KR_ _ 45 _ _ Devon Ramsay_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RB _ _ _ 45 _ _ Josh Bridges _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 47 _ _ Zach Brown _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 48 _ _ Kevin Reddick _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 49 _ _ Ryan Taylor_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 51 _ _ Trevor Stuart_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DS_ _ _ _ 51 _ _ Brandon Roberts_ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 52 _ _ Quan Sturdivant _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 53 _ _ Hawatha Bell_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 54 _ _ Bruce Carter _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 55 _ _ Linwan Euwell _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 55 _ _ Trey Strickland _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 56 _ _ Peyton Jenest _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _ 56 _ _ Alex Crisp _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 57 _ _ Dion Guy_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 58 _ _ Ebele Okakpu _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LB_ _ _ _ 61 _ _ Mark House _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DS_ _ _ _ 62 _ _ David Collins_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 63 _ _ Scott Mincey_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _ 64 _ _ Jonathan Cooper_ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 65 _ _ Cam Holland_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _ 66 _ _ Mike Ingersoll _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OT_ _ _ _ 67 _ _ Greg Elleby_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 68 _ _ Mike Dykes_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OG _ _ _ 69 _ _ Lowell Dyer _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _ 70 _ _ Alan Pelc_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OG _ _ _ 72 _ _ Kyle Jolly_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OT_ _ _ _ 75 _ _ Jared McAdoo _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DL_ _ _ _ 76 _ _ Travis Bond_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 78 _ _ Jordan Nix _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DL_ _ _ _ 79 _ _ Brennan Williams_ _ _ _ _ _ _ OL_ _ _ _ 80 _ _ Ed Barham_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TE_ _ _ _ 81 _ _ Quentin Plair_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 82 _ _ Todd Harrelson_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 83 _ _ Dwight Jones_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 84 _ _ Vince Jacobs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TE_ _ _ _ 85 _ _ Rashad Mason_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 86 _ _ Randy White _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TE_ _ _ _ 87 _ _ Jheranie Boyd _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 88 _ _ Erik Highsmith _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ATL _ _ _ 90 _ _ Quinton Coples_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DE _ _ _ 91 _ _ Tydreke Powell_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DT_ _ _ _ 92 _ _ E.J. Wilson _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DE _ _ _ 93 _ _ Cam Thomas_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DT_ _ _ _ 94 _ _ Michael McAdoo_ _ _ _ _ _ _ DL_ _ _ _ 95 _ _ Nelson Hurst_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TE_ _ _ _ 96 _ _ Tavares Brown _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DT_ _ _ _ 97 _ _ Aleric Mullins _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ DT_ _ _ _ 98 _ _ Donte Paige-Moss _ _ _ _ _ _ DL_ _ _ _ * denotes redshirt freshman

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SCHEDULE sept. 5 vs. The Citadel SEPt. 12 at Connecticut SEPT. 19 vs. East Carolina SEPt. 26 at Georgia Tech OCT. 3 vs. Virginia OCT. 10 vs. Ga. Southern OCT. 22 vs. Florida State OCT. 29 at Virginia Tech TODAY vs. Duke Nov. 14 vs. Miami Nov. 21 at Boston College Nov. 28 at NC State

8 G. Little 34 J. White

16 C. Rwabukamba 20 L. Butler

72 K. Jolly 67 G. Elleby 91 A. Okpokowuruk 41 E. Reks

64 J. Cooper 67 G. Elleby 45 D. Ramsey 69 L. Dyer 4 B. Rome 65 C. Holland

56 D. Thornton 50 T. Glover 93 C. Hatcher 97 J. Drew

13 T.J. Yates 14 B. Hanson 20 S. Draughn 32 R. Houston

Keep in mind The last time Duke beat North Carolina was Nov. 22, 2003. In the last four games, UNC has won by a combined 18 points.

SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTER: Grant Schallock KICKER: Casey Barth PUNT RTN: Da’Norris Searcy KICK RTN: Johnny White

70 A. Pelc 76 T. Bond

99 W. Oglesby 90 P. Egboh

87 Z. Pianalto 80 E. Barham

20

31 V. Rey 45 A. Gamble 23 C. Gainey 38 J. Byas

3 V. Oghobaase 42 K. Rucker

66 M. Ingersoll 73 B. Williams

88 E. Highsmith 83 D. Jones

40 M. Daniels 4 W. Canty

39 A. Banks 50 T. Glover

7 Leon Wright 1 Z. Greene

lowdown

Rivalry game holds rare postseason implications By Mark Thompson

SportSaturday Assistant editor

TV/Radio: TV coverage will be on ESPNU. Radio coverage will be provided by WCHL 1360 AM and WRDU 106.1. The Victory Bell is once again on the line as the Duke Blue Devils traveled fifteen minutes to face off against North Carolina in Kenan Stadium. With these two rivals squaring off, and both with 5-3 records, the game carries significant weight as both teams vie for bowl eligibility. On top of the ACC Coastal standings, Duke boasts the ACC’s best passing attack, averaging 325 yards a game. Thaddeus Lewis, Duke’s star quarterback, has thrown for 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The senior signal-caller, along with his two favorite receivers, Donovan Varner and Connor Vernon, have torn apart opposing secondaries, especially zone defensive schemes. In the past three games for Duke, all wins, Varner and Vernon have averaged a combined 226 yards and one touchdown per game. For North Carolina to stop Duke’s offense, its going to start with containing Lewis and his two favorite targets.

North Carolina’s offensive issues seem to have been fixed in the past few weeks. Shaun Draughn and the rushing attack is fully charged, and T.J. Yates and the offensive line have been able to drive the ball down the field through the air as well. Duke’s defense statistically lies in the middle of the conference. Against it, North Carolina’s offense will once again try to run the ball in hopes that it will lead to great play-action opportunities. North Carolina’s defense is best in the ACC with the league’s third-best pass defense and the best rush defense. But Duke won’t be to concerned with running the ball. It’s going to take UNC’s entire defensive unit to slow Duke down. The defensive line must put pressure on the quarterback. The linebackers must blitz when needed and cover when not. The secondary will have to close off the holes in the zone that both Christian Ponder and Tyrod Taylor found. When UNC faced the former top passing offense in the ACC, Florida State, it took UNC cornerback Charles Brown’s stumble to start breaking down the secondary. UNC had handled FSU’s passing attack well until then, and it doesn’t plan on tripping up again.

predictions for TODAY’S game Duke vs. North Carolina (5-3)

Kenan Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

(5-3)

HEAD TO HEAD UNC offense vs. Duke D

Duke offense vs. UNC D

Special Teams

Intangibles

North Carolina’s offense has finally been moving the ball and converting third downs to put points on the board. Duke has some good players on defense but lacks consistency, something the UNC offense has been able to execute recently. Edge: UNC North Carolina’s defenders tend to get exposed by good quarterbacks, and Thaddeus Lewis is a good quarterback. If North Carolina sends a three-man rush to drop eight in coverage, Lewis is going to have a field day. Edge: Duke Duke’s kicker, Will Snyderwine, is 11-12 with a long of 47 yards this season. There may not be many punts in this game, although UNC has slightly better returners. The game may come down to making field goals, and Connor Barth isn’t making 91.7% of his. Edge: Duke It’s a rivalry game, and a game Duke hasn’t won since 2003. Still, UNC will be just as eager to keep that streak going as Duke will be to end it. But UNC will have the support of its fans, the luxury of being home. Edge: UNC.

The Bottom Line — North Carolina 27, Duke 23 Compiled by Mark THompson


8 | Gameday Preview

11/7/09 | DTH SPORTSATURDAY NATIONAL PREVIEWS:

vs. #9 Lsu

#3 Alabama

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ This could be the game of the week. Alabama will need Heisman candidate

Mark Ingram’s legs at full strength to help move the ball against LSU’s tough defense and keep its undefeated season hopes alive.

vs. #16 Ohio State

#9 Penn State

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ If Terrell Pryor is looking for a statement game, this is it. With Iowa still

undefeated, both teams need this win to stay in the hunt for the Big Ten title. This game will most likely come down to winning the turnover battle.

vs. #12 USC

Arizona St.

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ USC won’t be back in the National Championship game, and anyone who

thinks the Trojans have an easy win has a short memory. It wasn’t long ago that Washington beat USC. The Sun Devils could do it again...maybe.

vs. Florida St.

Clemson

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ Florida State, fresh off their 45-42 win against N.C. State last week will

take all its momentum into Death Valley. If Clemson can slow down Christian Ponder, it could be close, especially with a playmaker like C.J. Spiller with them.


GAMEDAY PREVIEW | 9

DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 11/7/09 Out Of Bounds

Co-author discusses Williams’ autobiography Tim Crothers co-authored “Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court,” the autobiography of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. Assistant SportSaturday Editor Anna Kim sat down with Crothers to discuss some of the book’s content and Williams’ feelings on it.

tion is going to be. Any one of us could understand how nervous he might be about sharing the intimate details of your life with the world for the first time.

book come about?

he doesn’t do anything halfway. The big issue for him, was that he knew if he did it, he wanted a fullblown no-secrets kind of book. And he told me right up front, if we are going to do this, we are going to do it. I’m going to tell everything I can tell.

AK: Were you surprised by the intimate details he shared for the book?

Anna Kim: So how did this TC: One thing that I’ve learned is Tim Crothers:

For many years I have thought that Coach Williams should do a book. I was aware of how good a backstory he had, how interesting his childhood was … So we spent a total of 64 hours together this summer doing interviews, collaborating, piecing it together.

AK: You mentioned he had reservations about writing this book when you first approached him about it. Did he still have reservations?

TC: He still has reservations to this day. I think he’s anxious to see what the reaction is going to be. I’m anxious to see what the reac-

AK:

Coach Williams goes in depth about his tumultuous relationship with his father. Was that difficult for him to share?

tive way. What he wanted to do in here as an assistant coach. I distinctly this book was to make his father a remember interviewing him at a real person for the first time. high school gym in Raleigh about AK: What’s something you were a recruit in the mid-80s. At that time we were both very young and at the surprised to learn about Coach? beginning of our careers. I remember TC: I think one of the things I just being struck at the time by how found so interesting is one of the things he did learn from his father. Toward the end his father and he had a discussion, and his father said, “I could have taught you so many more things.” And he said, “Well Dad, you did teach me a lot of things. I watched you and whatever you did, I did the opposite.” That extends to the fact that Roy Williams does not drink. So whenever everyone else is celebrating this national championship with champagne, he’s celebrating with a Coke or Sprite Zero.

TC: I think the key for him was he AK: You covered sports here as a wanted to tell the full story of his father for the first time. There have been a few stories along the way that have told about the fact that his father was an alcoholic. The fact that there was some abuse in his family. His father comes off in a really nega-

student, and now you teach here. Could you ever have imagined you might be back here years later helping to write a book about the UNC basketball coach?

TC: Absolutely not. It’s really interesting that when he started, he was

Linebacker shuffles build depth By Anna Kim

assistant sportsaturday editor

Many words could be used to describe North Carolina’s linebackers. But Kennedy Tinsley’s choice word came as a surprise. “Monday and Tuesday, we look ugly,” he said. Early in the week, the linebackers look far from the polished product exhibited on game day. That’s because linebackers coach Art Kaufman has been implementing multiple shifts within the unit. “We are trying rotate guys around,” coach Butch Davis said. “It keeps guys fresh and gets other guys some playing experience.” The first shift came against Florida State, when middle linebacker Quan Sturdivant returned to his old position at weak side. Since then, freshman Kevin Reddick has recorded his first two starts at middle linebacker, where he has recorded 10 tackles and split time with Tinsley. But none expects to stay too comfortable. “We try to have guys play multiple positions,” Kaufman said. “Any time you can bring more talent to the table, you give yourselves chances to make more plays.” Sturdivant knew the temporary shift would not prove problematic

“When we want substitution defenses, we have specific roles where we want certain body types and athletic types.” Art Kaufman, UNC Linebackers Coach though it would pose differences. The junior garnered a wealth of experience and a nation-leading 87 unassisted tackles at outside linebacker in 2008. “Inside, you want to stop the run between the tackles,” he said. “Outside, you need the speed to catch the ball and guard the end.” As a result, outside linebackers have the responsibility of covering more ground, while middle linebackers watch the field and see the play develop. “We can put a lot of backs on special teams,” he said. “We can put them everywhere, and everyone knows how to play.” UNC is also no stranger to injuries. Now if a linebacker gets hurt, Kaufman knows his backup will be no stranger to the position, either. “What we want to know is, if the next guy goes in, what’s he going to be able to do?” he said. “I know he’ll be able to play.” But the shifts have not simply

provided insurance. They have allowed for strategic grouping. “When we want substitution defenses, we have specific roles where we want certain body types and athletic types,” Kaufman said. Against Virginia Tech, Kaufman anticipated a physical team. So he called upon Tinsley, who provides more power than speed. “The big thing we try to do is get guys in the game in situations that fit them,” he said. Sturdivant said that the unit’s versatility has provided more depth and better plays on the field. “Last year we played so many snaps we never got a break,” he said. “Now we get breathers so it helps us stay fresh throughout every game.” Tinsley said the linebackers feel prepared for any mix of players called upon to take the field. The epiphany came with a word more often associated with the unit. “Now I know,” he said. “By Saturday, we look good.”

nice and accommodating he was to a young reporter that he could have easily told to buzz off. I never forgot that. So yes, to have us then meet up again more than 20 years later and for me to help him write his autobiography is absolutely surreal.


10 | statistics

11/7/09 | DTH SPORTSATURDAY 2009 AtLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM statistics

north carolina 2009

TOTAL OFFENSE

PASSING

PLAYER . . . . . comp . ATT . PCT .

YDS . . td .

INT . LNG

T.J. Yates . . . . . . 126 . . . 211 . . 59.7 . 1159 . . 9 . . . 9 . . . 59 B. Hanson . . . . . 2 . . . . 6 . . . 33.3 . 7 . . . . 0 . . . 2 . . . 4

rushing PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

Shaun Draughn . . . Ryan Houston . . . . Greg Little . . . . . Jheranie Boyd . . . .

74 . . . . . 558 . . . . 34 . . . . . 287 . . . . 6 . . . . . 92 . . . . . 6 . . . . . 91 . . . . .

4.5 . . . . . 1 . 4.0 . . . . . 7 . 6.1 . . . . . 1 . 9.1 . . . . . 0 .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

44 20 27 21

receiving

TOTAL defense

SCHOOL . . . . . PLY . . .

Florida State . . . . . Georgia Tech . . . . . N.C. State . . . . . . . Duke . . . . . . . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . Clemson . . . . . . . Boston College . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . North Carolina . . . Virginia . . . . . . . .

YDS . . . AVG . . . td . . .

548 . . . . 3549 . . . . 6.5 . . . . . 624 . . . . 3964 . . . . 6.4 . . . . . 558 . . . . 3273 . . . . 5.9 . . . . . 595 . . . . 3203 . . . . 5.4 . . . . . 640 . . . . 3597 . . . . 5.6 . . . . . 511 . . . . 3103 . . . . 6.1 . . . . . 476 . . . . 2916 . . . . 6.1 . . . . . 541 . . . . 2775 . . . . 5.1 . . . . . 559 . . . . 3045 . . . . 5.4 . . . . . 545 . . . . 2605 . . . . 4.8 . . . . . 515 . . . . 2338 . . . 4.5 . . . . . 533 . . . . 2220 . . . . 4.2 . . . . .

YPG

29 . . . . 443.6 39 . . . . 440.4 34 . . . . 409.1 24 . . . . 400.4 27 . . . . 399.7 28 . . . . 387.9 27 . . . . 364.5 22 . . . . 346.9 32 . . . . 338.3 18 . . . . 325.6 19 . . . 292.2 18 . . . . 277.5

SCHOOL . . . . . PLY . . .

North Carolina . . . Clemson . . . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . Duke . . . . . . . . . Virginia . . . . . . . . Boston College . . . . NC State . . . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Georgia Tech . . . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . Florida State . . . . .

YDS . . . AVG . . . td . . . YPG

517 . . . . 2120 . . . 4.1 . . . . . 526 . . . . 2224 . . . . 4.2 . . . . . 534 . . . . 2534 . . . . 4.7 . . . . . 498 . . . . 2598 . . . . 5.2 . . . . . 574 . . . . 2634 . . . . 4.6 . . . . . 629 . . . . 2968 . . . . 4.7 . . . . . 519 . . . . 2733 . . . . 5.3 . . . . . 533 . . . . 2799 . . . . 5.3 . . . . . 523 . . . . 3240 . . . . 6.2 . . . . . 594 . . . . 3242 . . . . 5.5 . . . . . 545 . . . . 3033 . . . . 5.6 . . . . . 510 . . . . 3431 . . . . 6.7 . . . . .

13 . . . 265.0 12 . . . 278.0 15 . . . 316.8 20 . . . 324.8 14 . . . 329.2 16 . . . 329.8 30 . . . 341.6 18 . . . 349.9 25 . . . 360.0 26 . . . 360.2 27 . . . 379.1 32 . . . 428.9

PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

Greg Little . . . . . Erik Highsmith . . . Shaun Draughn . . . Zach Pianalto . . . . Jheranie Boyd . . . .

37 . . . . . 348 . . . . 22 . . . . . 304 . . . . 21 . . . . . 125 . . . . 14 . . . . . 146 . . . . 8 . . . . . 103 . . . .

9.4 . . . . 2 . 13.8 . . . . 2 . 6.0 . . . . 0 . 10.4 . . . . 1 . 12.9 . . . . 2 .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

34 43 24 26 59

punt returns PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

Da’Norris Searcy . . 19 . . . . . 266 . . . . 14.0 . . . . 1 . . . . . . 77 Kendric Burney . . . 3 . . . . . 34 . . . . . 11.3 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 21

kickoff returns PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

Johnny White . . . . 12 . . . . . 245 . . . . 20.4 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 31 Greg Little . . . . . 7 . . . . . 132 . . . . 18.9 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 23

rushing OFFENSE Georgia Tech . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . Clemson . . . . . . . Boston College . . . . NC State . . . . . . . Florida State . . . . . North Carolina . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Virginia . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . Duke . . . . . . . . .

passing OFFENSE

PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . blk . . . lng

SCHOOL . . . . . cp/at . .

Grant Schallock . . . 42 . . . . . 1757 . . . 41.8 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 55

Duke . . . . . . . . . Florida State . . . . . NC State . . . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . Clemson . . . . . . . Boston College . . . . Virginia . . . . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . North Carolina . . . Georgia Tech . . . . .

PLAYER . . . . . 0-29 . . . 30-39 . .

40-49 . . . tot . . . lng

Casey Barth . . . . 6-6 . . . . 2-4 . . . . 1-2 . . . . . 9-12 . . . . 40 Trase Jones . . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0

scoring PLAYER . . . . . td . . . 2 pts . . xpm-xpa . fgm-fga . pts

Casey Barth . . . . Ryan Houston . . . . Greg Little . . . . . Jheranie Boyd . . . . Erik Highsmith . . .

0 . 7 . 3 . 2 . 2 .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

0 . . . . . 21-22 . . . 9-12 . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . 0-0 . . . . .

48 42 18 12 12

defense PLAYER . . . . . tkl . . . . . ast . . . . . tot . . . . . sck

Quan Sturdivant . . Charles Brown . . . Bruce Carter . . . . Kendric Burney . . . Zach Brown . . . . .

33 . . . . . . . 36 . . . . . . . 28 . . . . . . . 26 . . . . . . . 22 . . . . . . .

22 . . . . . . . 55 . 7 . . . . . . . . 43 . 12 . . . . . . . 40 . 12 . . . . . . . 38 . 13 . . . . . . . 35 .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 3.5

Duke 2009 PASSING PLAYER . . . . . comp . ATT . PCT .

YDS . . td .

INT . LNG

Thaddeus Lewis . . . 188 . . . 296 . . 63.5 . 2315 . . 15 . . 4 . . . 74

rushing PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

Desmond Scott . . . Patrick Kurunwune . Jay Hollingsworth . . Re’Quan Boyette . .

39 . . . . . 174 . . . . 28 . . . . . 131 . . . . 35 . . . . . 118 . . . . 56 . . . . . 107 . . . .

4.5 . . . . . 1 . 4.7 . . . . . 1 . 3.4 . . . . . 0 . 1.9 . . . . . 0 .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

23 26 10 17

PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

42 . . . . . 660 . . . . 41 . . . . . 456 . . . . 38 . . . . . 562 . . . . 28 . . . . . 359 . . . .

15.7 . . . . 5 . 11.1 . . . . 3 . 14.8 . . . . 3 . 12.8 . . . . 1 .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. 74 . 31 . 0 . 74

SCHOOL . . . . . att . . . YDS . . . Pc . . . . td . . .

YPG

North Carolina . . 288 . . . . 813 . . . . 2.8 . . . . . 9 . . . . 101.6 Boston College . . . . NC State . . . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Clemson . . . . . . . Duke . . . . . . . . . Georgia Tech . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Virginia . . . . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . Florida State . . . . .

325 . . . . 272 . . . . 292 . . . . 324 . . . . 277 . . . . 266 . . . . 298 . . . . 309 . . . . 323 . . . . 312 . . . . 306 . . . .

1019 . . . . 3.1 . . . . . 7 . . . . 948 . . . . . 3.5 . . . . . 16 . . . . 1032 . . . . 3.5 . . . . . 7 . . . . 1054 . . . . 3.3 . . . . . 3 . . . . 1061 . . . . 3.8 . . . . . 11 . . . . 1236 . . . . 4.6 . . . . . 8 . . . . 1131 . . . . 3.8 . . . . . 13 . . . . 1275 . . . . 4.1 . . . . . 9 . . . . 1232 . . . . 3.8 . . . . . 10 . . . . 1233 . . . . 4.0 . . . . . 8 . . . . 1464 . . . . 4.8 . . . . . 15 . . . .

.113.2 118.5 129.0 .131.8 .132.6 .137.3 141.4 141.7 154.0 154.1 .183.0

passing defense

YDS . . . Pct . . .

td . . .

217/340 . . 2601 . . . . 63.8 . . . . 207/299 . . 2457 . . . . 69.2 . . . . 171/288 . . 2189 . . . . 59.4 . . . . 147/236 . . 2142 . . . . 62.3 . . . . 194/299 . . 2397 . . . . 64.9 . . . . 157/267 . . 1833 . . . . 58.8 . . . . 130/242 . . 1568 . . . . 53.7 . . . . 125/239 . . 1738 . . . . 52.3 . . . . 132/252 . . 1435 . . . . 52.4 . . . . 80/146 . . . 1395 . . . . 54.8 . . . . 131/222 . . 1255 . . . 59.0 . . . . 50/103 . . . 1227 . . . . 48.5 . . . .

yPG

19 . . . . 325.1 13 . . . . 307.1 21 . . . . 273.6 16 . . . . 267.8 18 . . . . 266.3 10 . . . . 229.1 12 . . . . 196.0 17 . . . . 193.1 6 . . . . . 179.4 10 . . . . 174.4 9 . . . . 156.9 7 . . . . . 136.3

SCHOOL . . . . . cp/at . .

Clemson . . . . . . . Virginia Tech . . . . . North Carolina . . . Virginia . . . . . . . . Duke . . . . . . . . . Boston College . . . . Wake Forest . . . . . Miami . . . . . . . . Georgia Tech . . . . . NC State . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . Florida State . . . . .

YDS . . . Pct . . .

td . . . yPG

100/202 . . 1170 . . . . 49.5 . . . . 103/222 . . 1301 . . . . 46.4 . . . . 139/229 . . 1307 . . . 60.7 . . . . 139/251 . . 1402 . . . . 55.4 . . . . 121/221 . . 1537 . . . . 54.8 . . . . 186/304 . . 1947 . . . . 61.2 . . . . 162/285 . . 1967 . . . . 56.8 . . . . 135/241 . . 1767 . . . . 56.0 . . . . 157/257 . . 2004 . . . . 61.1 . . . . 158/247 . . 1785 . . . . 64.0 . . . . 149/247 . . 1902 . . . . 60.3 . . . . 114/204 . . 1967 . . . . 55.9 . . . .

9 . . . . 158.0 7 . . . . 200.2 4 . . . 135.2 4 . . . . 156.5 9 . . . . 210.4 9 . . . . 193.0 17 . . . 228.6 11 . . . 178.2 17 . . . 227.8 14 . . . 172.4 14 . . . 206.6 17 . . . 276.8

2009 AtLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE individual statistics punting

PASSING

PLAYER, school . comp . ATT . PCT . YDS . . td . INT . YPG

PLAYER, school . . . g . . . . no . . . yds . . . long .

avg

1. Christian Ponder, FS 2. Thaddeus Lewis, DU 3. Jacory Harris, UM . . 4. Riley Skinner, WF . .

1. Brent Bowden, VT . . . 8 . . . . 38 . 2. Matt Bosher, UM . . . . 8 . . . . 34 . 3. Grant Schallock, NC . . 8 . . . . 42 . 4. Ryan Quigley, BC . . . . 9 . . . . 55 .

44.1 42.3 41.8 41.6

206 . 188 . 144 . 185 .

297 . 296 . 232 . 282 .

. . . .

69.4 . . 63.5 . . 62.1 . . 65.6 . .

2453 . 2315 . 2104 . 2298 .

. . . .

13 . 15 . 16 . 18 .

3 . . 4 . . 11 . . 10 . .

307 289 263 255

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

1674 . . . . 59 . . . . 1438 . . . . 59 . . . . 1757 . . . . 55 . . . . 2288 . . . . 61 . . . .

tackles

rushing PLAYER, school . . g . . . att . . yds . . avg . . . td . . ypg

PLAYER, school . g . . Pos . . solo

1. Ryan Williams, VT . . 2. Montel Harris, BC . 3. J. Dwyer, GT . . . . 4. Josh Newbitt, GT . . .

1. Alex Wujciak, MD 2. Luke Kuechly, BC . 3. Barquell Rivers, VT 4. Vincent Rey, DU .

8 . 9 . 9 . 9 .

. . . .

. . . .

163 . . . 183 . . . 146 . . . 188 . . .

930 . . . 5.7 . 930 . . . 5.1 . 904 . . . 6.2 . 763 . . . 4.1 .

. . . .

. . . .

10 . . 116 13 . . 103 8 . . 100 13 . . 85

8 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . 8 . . .

LB . . . LB . . . LB . . . LB . . .

36 . . 58 . . 22 . . 31 . .

asT .

52 . . . 36 . . . 49 . . . 36 . . .

sack tot avg/g

1.0 . 0.0 . 0.0 . 1.0 .

. . . .

88 . . . 94 . . . 71 . . . 67 . . .

11.0 10.4 8.9 8.4

quarterback sacks

receiving PLAYER, school . . g . . . rec . .

yds . . avg . . . tD . . YPG

PLAYER, school . . . . . . . . . g . . . . . . . . . . . . no

1. Conner Vernon, DU . 2. Donovan Varner, DU . 2. Bert Reed, FS . . . . 4. Austin Kelly, DU . . .

562 . . . 14.8 . . . 3 . . . 562 660 . . . 15.7 . . . 5 . . . 660 504 . . . 12.0 . . . 0 . . . 504 456 . . . 11.1 . . . 3 . . . 456

1. Derrick Morgan, GT . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.5 2. Robert Quinn, NC . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.0 2. Allen Bailey, UM . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.0 2. Willie Young, ST . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.0

7 . 8 . 8 . 8 .

. . . .

. . . .

38 . 42 . 42 . 41 .

. . . .

. . . .

interceptions

all-purpose yardage

receiving Donovan Varner . . Austin Kelly . . . . . Conner Vernon . . . Johnny Williams . .

YPG

521 . . . . 2737 . . . . 5.3 . . . . . 32 . . . . 304.1 330 . . . . 1521 . . . . 4.6 . . . . . 17 . . . . 190.1 299 . . . . 1207 . . . . 4.0 . . . . . 10 . . . . 150.9 320 . . . . 1307 . . . . 4.1 . . . . . 15 . . . . 145.2 249 . . . . 1092 . . . . 4.4 . . . . . 16 . . . . 136.5 270 . . . . 1084 . . . . 4.0 . . . . . 13 . . . . 135.5 293 . . . . 1083 . . . 3.7 . . . . . 10 . . . . 135.4 341 . . . . 1200 . . . . 3.5 . . . . . 9 . . . . . 133.3 275 . . . . 961 . . . . . 3.5 . . . . . 12 . . . . 120.1 281 . . . . 785 . . . . . 2.8 . . . . . 12 . . . . 98.1 278 . . . . 772 . . . . . 2.8 . . . . . 8 . . . . . 96.5 255 . . . . 602 . . . . . 2.4 . . . . . 5 . . . . . 75.2

punting field goals

rushing defense

SCHOOL . . . . . att . . . YDS . . . AVG . . . td . . .

PLAYER, school . . g . . rush . rec . pr . . kr . yds . ypg

PLAYER, school . . . g . . . . . no . . . . . yds . . . . td

1. Torrey Smith, MD . . 2. C.J. Spiller, CU . . . 3. Ryan Williams, VT . . 4. T.J. Graham, ST . . .

1. DeAndre McDaniel, CU 2. Leon Wright, DU . . . . 2. R. Carmichael, VT . . . . 2. Rashard Hall, CU . . . .

8 . 8 . 8 . 7 .

. . . .

63 . . . 574 . . 930 . . 0 . . .

566 . 267 . 167 . 129 .

. . . .

0 . . . . 909 . 182 . . 459 . 0 . . . . 0 . . 156 . . 574 .

1538 . 1482 . 1097 . 859 .

192 185 137 123

7 . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . 8 . . . . . .

6 . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . 4 . . . . . .

75 . . . . . . 116 . . . . . 62 . . . . . . 56 . . . . . .

1 2 1 0

kickoff return avg

punt returNs

PLAYER, school . . . g . . . . no . . . yds . . . td . . . avg

PLAYER, school . . . g . . . . no . . . yds . . . td . . . avg

Johnny Williams . . 13 . . . . . 240 . . . . 18.5 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 31 Conner Vernon . . . 11 . . . . . 259 . . . . 23.5 . . . . 0 . . . . . . 55

1. Dyrell Roberts, VT . . . . 8 . . . 10 . . . . 408 . . . . 1 . . . . 40.8 2. C.J. Spiller, CU . . . . . 8 . . . 12 . . . . 459 . . . . 3 . . . . 38.2 3. Graig Cooper, UM . . . 7 . . . 15 . . . 427 . . . . 0 . . . . 28.5

1. J. Tarrant, GT . . . . . . 9 . . . . 12 . . . 196 . . . . 2 . . . . 16.3 2. Da’Norris Searcy, NC 8 . . . . 19 . . . 266 . . . . 1 . . . . 14.0 3. Greg Reid, FS . . . . . . 8 . . . . 14 . . . 152 . . . . 0 . . . . 10.9

scoring

field goals

total offense

kickoff returns PLAYER . . . . . NO . . . . YDS . . . avg . . . td . . . . lng

PLAYER . . . . . td . . . 2 pts . . xpm-xpa . fgm-fga . pts

W. Snyderwine . . . Donovan Varner . . Brett Huffman . . . Austin Kelly . . . . .

0 . 5 . 3 . 3 .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

0 . . . . . 18-18 . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . .

11-12 . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . .

51 30 18 18

PLAYER, school . . g . . . fgm . . fga . . long . . pct . pg

PLAYER, school . . g . . . rush . pass . . tot . . td .

ypg

1. Richard Jackson, CU . 2. Robert Randolph, VA . 2. Nick Ferrara, MD . . . 4. W. Snyderwine, DU . .

1. Christian Ponder, FS . 8 . . . 166 . 2. Thaddeus Lewis, DU . 8 . . . 56 . . 3. Russell Wilson, ST . . 8 . . . 283 . 4. Riley Skinner, WF . . . 9 . . . 42 . .

327 296 286 260

8 . . . 8 . . . 8 . . . 8 . . .

17 . . . 13 . . . 13 . . . 11 . . .

23 . 14 . 17 . 12 .

. . . .

. . . .

49 . . . . 73.9 . 47 . . . . 92.9 . 40 . . . . 76.5 . 51 . . . . 91.7 .

. . . .

2.12 1.62 1.62 1.38

. . . .

. 2453 . . . . 2315 . . . . 2008 . . . . 2298 . . .

2619 . 2371 . 2291 . 2340 .

. . . .

13 . . 15 . . 16 . . 18 . .


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Secondary slated to meet conference’s top passers By David Reynolds sportSaturday Editor

Statistically, UNC’s secondary ranks among the very best in the country at grounding an opposing offense’s passing attack. But with a stable of talented quarterbacks — namely Thaddeus Lewis, Jacory Harris and Russell Wilson — lined up to test it, time will soon tell whether North Carolina’s pass defense is truly dominant or just a paper tiger. And if history is any indication, those numbers might see a steep inflation in the near future. UNC currently ranks No. 10 nationally in pass defense, but Kendric Burney, Deunta Williams and Co. didn’t perform up to their unit’s lofty ranking the first time they faced a top-tier passing game this season. Christian Ponder and Florida State torched the Tar Heels for 395 yards and three touchdowns through the air — numbers that were huge outliers this season for UNC’s stingy secondary. “It’s a shot to your pride a little bit,” Williams said. “It’s simple mistakes. You can be aggressive if you’re doing the fundamental things right. We were aggressive and our fundamentals were not right.” But Ponder’s outburst wasn’t a complete aberration. Last season, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen threw for 383 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina. Burney said the problems UNC had against those quarterbacks were simple issues of miscommunication. “We knew exactly what the play was going to be. We knew exactly where we needed to be. We just didn’t communicate to get to where we needed to be,” Burney said. The ranking could be a result of circumstance. The rest of the teams on the Tar Heels’ schedule have not been nearly as potent as the Seminoles in passing the football. While Florida State ranks ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense, the next-best passing game UNC has faced, Connecticut’s, sits at No. 39. No other FBS opponent UNC has played has a passing offense ranked better than 80th of 120 total teams. And if what Williams said about opposing offenses prove true, the tests facing UNC’s secondary in the upcoming weeks will be even more difficult.

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FSU quarterback Christian Ponder shredded UNC’s secondary for 395 yards. In upcoming weeks, UNC will face several potent aerial attacks. “Offenses at the beginning of the season are at a disadvantage. It takes them a little bit of time to gel,” Williams said. “Defenses, we go out there and by day three we’re running and gunning. “I think the offenses are starting to catch up a little bit more and roll a little bit more.” Three of the four remaining teams on UNC’s schedule have passing games that statistically stack up in the top-25 nationally. Duke, No. 5 on the list, repre-

sents the best aerial attack left on UNC’s schedule. But coming off a strong performance, Burney is confident UNC’s secondary can retain its reputation as a shut-down unit. “We came out great against a good football team in Virginia Tech at Virginia Tech, so we know exactly what this team is capable of doing,” Burney said. “We’ll be all right as long as we play the Carolina football way we’ve been coached.”

Ap TOP 25

Coaches poll

TEAM

RECORD

1. Florida (38) 2. Texas (13) 3. Alabama (8) 4. Cincinnati 5. Boise State 6. TCU 7. Oregon 8. Iowa 9. LSU 10. Georgia Tech 11. Penn State 12. USC 13. Houston 14. Pittsburgh 15. Ohio State 16. Miami (FL) 17. Utah 18. Oklahoma State 19. Notre Dame 20. Oklahoma 21. Arizona 22. Virginia Tech 23. California 24. Wisconsin 25. Brigham Young

8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 7-1 9-0 7-1 8-1 8-1 6-2 7-1 7-1 7-2 6-2 7-1 6-2 6-2 5-3 5-2 5-3 6-2 6-2 6-2

PTS PVS

TEAM

1448 1 1408 3 1390 2 1212 5 1211 6 1147 8 1130 10 1127 7 1036 9 949 11 886 12 741 4 707 15 690 16 636 17 602 18 552 19 361 13 352 25 348 22 322 23 185 14 181 NR 172 NR 130 NR

1. Florida (50) 2. Texas (4) 3. Alabama (1) 4. TCU 5. Boise State 6. Iowa 7. Cincinnati 8. Oregon 9. LSU 10. Penn State 11. Georgia Tech 12. Ohio State 13. USC 14. Pittsburgh 15. Houston 16. Utah 17. Miami (FL) 18. Oklahoma State 19. Arizona 20. Oklahoma 21. Notre Dame 22. Wisconsin 23. California 24. Virginia Tech 25. Brigham Young

Others receiving votes: South Florida 115, Clemson 35, Auburn 30, Texas Tech 24, West Virginia 15, Rutgers 11, Boston College 6, Central Michigan 4, Oregon State 4, Tennessee 3, others

RECORD

8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 8-0 9-0 8-0 7-1 7-1 8-1 8-1 7-2 6-2 7-1 7-1 7-1 6-2 6-2 5-2 5-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 5-3 6-2

PTS PVS

1463 1 1395 3 1390 2 1182 6 1176 5 1161 8 1150 7 1079 12 1062 9 966 10 934 11 730 15 729 4 694 17 672 16 567 19 549 18 371 13 320 24 313 23 281 25 204 NR 197 NR 193 14 106 NR

Others receiving votes: South Florida 65, West Virginia 51, Texas Tech 49, Auburn 46, Clemson 18, South Carolina 15, North Carolina 8, Idaho 8, Central Michigan 7, Navy 5, others

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