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DELAY OF GAME

For Davis, struggles all too familiar

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istory repeats itself. There, I said it. I know it’s cliché, but doesn’t the fact that the phrase is abused more than Cubs fans enhance its credibility? It’s just true. For example, in 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and plunged to the depths of the ocean after being declared “unsinkable.” Four years later, her sister-ship, the Britannic, with a multitude of improved safety features, hit a German mine and sank as well. And if that’s not enough to convince you, take a look at Butch Davis’ third season at UNC. The Tar Heels are now 4-2, but the team’s best win was against unranked East Carolina (4-3). When Davis coached at the University of Miami, he got off to a great start. In two seasons, he had gone a combined 17-6 while nursing the school’s program back to health from the NCAA rules violations it had accumulated before Davis was there. But in 1997, his third season, the Hurricanes went 5-6. It was their worst season since 1979. And here’s the kicker. Are you

But if this is you, then I also have good news for you. In the three following years that Davis coached at Miami, he never had a team that won fewer than nine games in a season. In his sixth year, the Hurricanes finished 11-1 and were ranked No. 2 Mark Thompson in the country. The MT Brain So if history is repeating itself, ready? One of the chief compomaybe it won’t be that bad in the nents to that season was a lack of long run. depth — offensive line included. The second option is much Sound familiar? simpler. If you don’t believe a I know UNC hasn’t gone 17-6 word of what I’ve said, then there over the past two seasons, but it is just one thing left to do — leave. would be a lie to say that Davis Leave the stadium or wherever hasn’t brought a renewed atmoyou are immediately and go find sphere to UNC football compared a tree. Make a fist and knock on to three years ago. that wooden trunk like it was the Now, there are two ways to look door to heaven. at this phenomenon. Because even if you believe The first option is to throw in UNC will have a really producthe towel and expect the past to tive remainder to the season, you run its course once again. You can’t help but wonder if history is could start looking at basketball repeating itself. recruiting instead of football And just in case it is, you don’t while bored at work or in class. want to be the one who sat there And you could go ahead and and let it happen, when you could blurt out the phrase that’s repeat- have just knocked on wood. ed almost as much as the alma mater: “I can’t wait ‘til basketball Contact the Mark Thompson season.” at markdt@email.unc.edu.

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Big plays eluding Tar Heels By David Reynolds SportSaturday Editor

North Carolina’s 42-12 blowout win against Georgia Southern almost two weeks ago served as a pacifier for most of what ailed its offense. UNC’s ground game got back on track with four rushing touchdowns, T.J. Yates was efficient in the short passing game and the Tar Heels lit up the scoreboard for 42 points. But for all that offensive success, North Carolina still couldn’t get going what it did regularly a season ago: complete passes deep down the field. “I just feel like on those shots where we have guys running downfield, we just have to hit them,” wide receiver Greg Little said. “We can’t overthrow them, guys can’t drop the ball. We have to capitalize on opportunities.” Twice against the Eagles, Little was overthrown by Yates. The junior signal-caller also misfired on other opportunities to Dwight Jones and Erik Highsmith. Yates said those misses were the result of forcing the ball downfield and simply misfiring. “Sometimes you don’t hit it in the game, and sometimes you do,” Yates said. That’s not to say UNC hasn’t found any success this season when throwing it long. Jheranie Boyd reeled in a 59yarder against East Carolina, and Highsmith nabbed a 40-yard bomb against Georgia Tech. But the frequency with which these passes have been completed has simply paled in comparison to 2008. Then, UNC’s offense produced plenty of balls down the field, largely due to Hakeem Nicks’ and Brandon Tate’s playmaking abilities.

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T.J. Yates and the UNC offense has struggled to complete deep passes this season after the departures of Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate. Without those two and Brooks Foster, North Carolina’s average yards per reception has dropped from 14.2 last season to 10.3. The decreased yards per completion allows defenses to stay more concentrated in the box, clogging up space on running plays and underneath passing routes. “Definitely just kind of practice throwing the ball downfield,” Yates said during UNC’s bye week. “That’s one thing we’re going to have to work on.” Little said that increased success in completing these types of passes will take a “total team effort.” The most pivotal role rests with UNC’s offensive line, which needs to provide enough protection for Yates to set his feet and for the receiver to get downfield.

Getting Yates that protection has been easier said than done. Often, Yates is hurried or pressured before he’s ready to throw, forcing him to dump the ball off short. UNC’s linemen have allowed 14 sacks this season. And while all that blocking is going on, the receiver must get separation from his defender with a great route. Finally, the quarterback must place the ball where that wideout can make a play on it, and the receiver has to snare it. Little said he is confident UNC’s big-play offense will re-emerge because he’s already seen what he and fellow offensive teammates can do. “We’ve done it in practice,” Little said. “We’ve just got to translate it on gameday.”


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DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 10/22/09 Out Of Bounds

Valentine sweetheart challenges D-lineman Cornerback Kendric Burney has never failed to provide personality on the field. Anna Kim set out to find out what he’s like off of it.

Anna Kim: What’s something watch scary movies. that people might be surprised to KB: Oh no, definitely not. I don’t find out about you? watch scary movies. Never been Kendric Burney: That I’m my favorite type. Don’t like to be a Valentine’s Day baby. A lot of scared.

people get to see my nasty side AK: Da’Norris Searcy likes to play on the field, but I was actually born pranks and mess up people’s beds. on Valentine’s Day. They don’t get Do you play any pranks yourself? to see that I’m a Valentine’s Day KB: I actually just did the same sweetheart. thing to him two weeks ago, when AK: What’s the best Valentine’s we played Georgia Southern. I Day you’ve ever had? knocked on his door, ran in when he KB: I’d probably say last year. My was in bed and pulled all the sheets friends came up and we had a good and covers and threw them on the floor and took off. time.

AK: So how does it work when AK: A lot of people have talked

you have a girlfriend? Do you get about the personality of the D-line. her a present and then wait for What’s the personality of the secondary like? yours? KB: Honestly? In 21 years of living KB: The secondary likes to think life, I have never had a girlfriend on it’s bigger than the defensive line. my birthday. I mean, I’ve gone to din- We feel like we can go play D-line. ners. But I’ve never had a girlfriend. Well, even though realistically we I guess it worked out. I’ve gotten probably can’t. We’ll punch them and run away — even though they lucky with that. would kill us if they ever got their AK: I heard you saying you don’t hands on us.

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NORTH CAROLINA

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

9 R. Goodman 80 J. Fortson

16 K. Burney 37 L. Fantroy 47 Z. Brown 48 K. Reddick

67 A. Datko 73 R. Sanderson 62 R. Hudson 61 B. Snider 69 T. Dunmon 77 B. DeBartola

38 J. Thomas 33 T. Jones

42 R. Quinn 94 M. McAdoo

93 C. Thomas 97 A. Mullins

7 C. Ponder 3 E.J. Manuel 85 J. Little 24 L. Pryor

79 D. Spurlock 57 B. Davis

86 R. Owens 83 B. Reed

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52 Q. Sturdivant 36. K. Tinsley

92 E.J. Wilson 90 Q. Coples

sept. 7 Miami SEPT. 12 Jacksonville St. Sept. 19 at BYU SEPT. 26 South Florida OCT. 3 at Boston College Oct. 10 Georgia Tech TODAY at North Carolina OCT. 31 N.C. State NOV. 7 at Clemson NOV. 14 at Wake Forest NOV. 21 Maryland NOV. 28 at Florida

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9 M. Austin 91 T. Powell

77 Z. Sanders 76 G. Faircloth 81 C. Plurowski 88 B. Reliford

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54 B. Carter 57 D. Guy

21 D. Searcy 28 J. Smith

12 C. Brown 23 J. Hemby

Tonight’s game will be the 17th meeting between the Tar Heels and Seminoles. Florida State has dominated the series 14-1-1.

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Ponder poised to shred stingy secondary By David Reynolds SportSaturday Editor

C. Ponder HEIGHT: 6’2” WEIGHT: 217 RS JUNIOR QUARTERBACK

Florida State’s football program may be in turmoil after its lousy 2-4 start, but don’t blame QB Christian Ponder. The junior signal-caller just might be the only reason the Seminoles aren’t in even more trouble. Ponder has broken through in his second full season behind center, throwing for 1,781 yards and nine touchdowns. His 297 passing yards per game are good enough to lead the ACC, and ranks 11th best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision. Ponder also leads the conference in total offense with 317 total yards per game. That number is better than his nearest competitor in the league (Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner) by more than 25 yards. In addition to his gaudy yardage totals, he’s put up a 67.7 completion percentage, which is an sizable improvement over his 55.7 completion percentage of a season ago. Another threat Ponder poses is the ability to be elusive in the pocket and avoid pressure from defensive linemen. While his scrambling ability hasn’t always translated to big chunks of rushing yardage — Ponder only has

123 rushing yards — opposing defenders know what that extra time to find a receiver can do to a secondary. “He’s a very good quarterback. He’s able to use his feet to get out of trouble,” UNC safety Deunta Williams said. “The one thing I like the most is when people are pressuring him, he scrambles, but he scrambles with his eyes down the field.” But while those statistics are impressive, it’s Ponder’s ball security that vaulted him to the next level as a quarterback. The Colleyville, Texas, native has thrown just one interception this season, way down from his 13 picks a season ago. And he arrives in Chapel Hill this Thursday on a roll. Ponder had the best game of his college career in his last start against Georgia Tech, when he passed for five touchdowns and 359 yards. On the strength of completing 26 of his 36 passes, he led Florida State to 44 points, but the Seminoles’ defense didn’t provide him with any help. The Yellow Jackets scored 49 points to turn his prolific performance into a forgettable footnote. That’s been the story of the year for Ponder and FSU, and largely why his contributions have been overlooked

on the national stage. While Florida State’s offense has been one of the ACC’s most consistent performers, its defense constantly forgets to show up to games. The Seminoles are dead last in total defense, and Ponder and the offense have not quite been good enough so far this season to overcome that liability. Ponder may have a little more trouble picking apart a secondary than usual, however, when he meets a UNC defense that is the stingiest in the conference. The Tar Heels have allowed just 125 passing yards per game, and stringing the ball past the arms of Deunta Williams, Kendric Burney and Co. will be no easy task. But don’t make the mistake of thinking Ponder won’t make a few dents in those impressive defensive numbers for UNC. His worst passing output of the season was 195 yards against BYU, and he has thrown for more than 300 yards in three of FSU’s six games. “You’ve got to stay on your coverage until the whistle blows and pretty much a little bit after that,” cornerback Kendric Burney said. “We know he’s going to be the best quarterback we’ve faced all year, and probably the best since I’ve been here.”

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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 TODAY vs. Florida State OCT. 29 at Virginia Tech Nov. 7 vs. Duke Nov. 14 vs. Miami Nov. 21 at Boston College Nov. 28 at NC State

Keep in mind

8 G. Little 34 J. White

13 T. Simmons 21 R. Morgan

72 K. Jolly 67 G. Elleby 4 B. Rome 6 A. Elzy

91 C. Yarborough 95 K. McNeil

64 J. Cooper 67 G. Elleby 69 L. Dyer 65 C. Holland

13 N. Bradham 44 M. Harris 56 K. Stewart 72 B. Thacker

13 T.J. Yates 7 M. Paulus 20 S. Draughn 32 R. Houston

Tonight’s matchup will go down in the history books as the first Thursday night football game ever held at UNC.

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

70 A. Pelc 76 T. Bond 66 M. Ingersoll 73 B. Williams 80 E. Barham 33 C. Wilson

88 E. Highsmith 83 D. Jones

20

15 O. Jenije 28 D. Allen

36 D. Watson 12 N. Carr 99 J. McDaniel 90 M. McCray 98 M. White 49 B. Jenkins

21 P. Robinson 5 G. Reid

29 K. Smith 48 R. Wright

23 D. Marshall 11 D. Reynolds

lowdown

Historic night a meeting of strengths, weaknesses By Mark Thompson

SportSaturday Assistant editor

TV/Radio: TV coverage will be on ESPN. Radio coverage will be provided by WCHL 1360 AM and WRDU 106.1. It’s Thursday Night Football in Chapel Hill. For one night, ESPN will set its base camp at Kenan Stadium, and the nation will gather around its televisions to watch the Tar Heels take on the Seminoles of Florida State. The stadium will be loud, the lights will be bright, and Big and Rich will be there to sing the famous Thursday Night Football song. OK, so that last part isn’t true, but the rest is. T he matchup be tween Nor th Carolina and Florida State features two struggling teams with two different problems. UNC has the ACC’s best scoring defense, while simultaneously having the league’s worst offense. Against Virginia, the Tar Heel offense could only muster three points while the defense struggled to keep North Carolina in contention. In a nail-biter against Connecticut, the defense bailed out the offense with four quarters of tenacious defense.

Florida State’s problems are the exact opposite. Its total defense is last in the ACC, while it has the league’s best offense. Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder threw for five touchdowns and 359 yards against Georgia Tech, but FSU still fell to the Yellow Jackets when its defense allowed 49 points. North Carolina’s most recent opponent was Georgia Southern, a team it was able to beat handily. But Florida State will prove to be much more of a challenge for UNC’s offense, and whether or not the Tar Heel offense can overcome that challenge could be the difference. Ponder has had an outstanding year, but UNC’s defense should hold well and forfeit a manageable amount of points if history is any indication. North Carolina has given up only one touchdown through the air. Whatever transpires, it is an intriguing matchup — the league’s worst offense against the worst defense, and the best offense against the best defense. The old cliche is that defense wins championships. But UNC’s defense isn’t impregnable. In order to get the win, the Tar Heels’ offense must produce.

predictions for TODAY’S game Florida State vs. North Carolina (2-4)

Kenan Stadium, 8 p.m.

(4-2)

HEAD TO HEAD UNC offense vs. FSU D

This is the key stat — in FSU’s last two games, the Seminoles’ defense has one sack and no interceptions. UNC’s running backs should move the ball pretty well, and North Carolina’s offensive line should give T.J. Yates enough time to make passes. Edge: UNC

FSU offense vs. Here we have a match up of the ACC’s best offense and defense. Even with UNC D

UNC’s defensive strength, this should be a shootout. UNC’s defense will slow down FSU marginally, but it will still give up some big plays. Edge: FSU

Special Teams

Intangibles

North Carolina has a better punt returner (Da’Norris Searcy), punter (Grant Schallock) and kicker (Casey Barth), and neither team has a game-changing kick returner. Also, FSU’s kicker, Dustin Hopkins, has missed four extra points. Seriously, Florida State? Edge: UNC A buildup of explosive energy surrounds this historic game. On paper UNC should win, but FSU head coach Bobby Bowden has been under scrutiny, and his players will put everything on the line to defend him. Edge: FSU.

The Bottom Line — Florida State 31, North Carolina 23 Compiled by Mark THompson


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Defense controls blazing speed with technique By Mark Thompson

Assistant SportSaturday Editor

North Carolina’s defensive makeup is full of fast, quick, powerful players — and they aren’t afraid to say it­. “We’re looking for very explosive guys — guys with great quickness and power,” defensive coordinator

Everett Withers said. There may be no better incarnation of that speed and power than sophomore linebacker Zach Brown. Brown ran a 4.28 40-yard dash earlier this year, impressive for a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame. But Brown isn’t the only player on the defense with remarkable

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athleticism and speed for his position. Linebacker Quan Sturdivant has clocked a 4.43 40-yard dash, and defensive end Robert Quinn ran a 4.51, which broke Julius Peppers’ record for a D-lineman. “On the defensive line, speed is good because when you get off and you want to pass rush, you want to beat the offensive lineman to a point,” senior defensive end E.J. Wilson said. “Offensive lineman are taught to take two steps back so they can set to block you, but if you can get into that comfort zone before those two steps then that will be important.” Speed can enhance any player because it allows him to flow to the point of attack on the field faster. But even with a plethora of fast defensive players, Withers knows that having speed is only as good as the mind that controls it. “It doesn’t matter physically if they can’t do it mentally,” he said. “With having great speed and great quickness, you have to have the ability to learn and do the things that you can do to play the defense that you are in.” Withers referred to the Georgia Tech game as an example of the team’s mental breakdown. The Tar Heels gave up 317 rushing yards against Georgia Tech, a stat that wouldn’t have been affected by an ounce more of speed.

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LB Quan Sturdivant and the UNC defense are one of the fastest units in the country. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in the ACC yardage allowed. “That’s the equalizer in big ball games,” Withers said. “It doesn’t usually come down to speed and quickness. It comes down to fundamentals and technique.” But UNC’s technique hasn’t been too bad. Their attention to detail is one of the reasons they have the ACC’s top-ranked defense. “Technique will help you out a lot,” cornerback Kendric Burney said. “It will make up for a lot of speed.”

Whether the players have topend speed or not, many of them have game speed. It may be how fast they can get to the ball or how fast they can turn and change directions. Those kinds of instincts are often products of game knowledge, Withers said. “If we’re playing fast, and we’re playing fast at 11 positions, it means we know what to do,” he said.

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vs. TCU

BYU

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ Unbeaten TCU will look to continue to test its fortune against BYU, which

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vs. BOSTON COLLEGE

NOTRE DAME

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ The Eagles shellacked N.C. State in a 52-20 victory after a lopsided loss to

Virginia Tech the week prior. Notre Dame suffered a 34-27 loss against USC, in which Jimmy Clausen set a career-high with 380 passing yards and two TDs.

vs. AUBURN

#10 LSU

■ Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ■ LSU is coming off a 13-3 loss against top-ranked Florida heading into this

SEC matchup. LSU will look to rebound from their poor performance against Auburn, which is coming off a loss of its own to SEC bottom-feeder Kentucky.

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2009 AtLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM statistics TOTAL OFFENSE

north carolina 2009

TOTAL defense

SCHOOL . . . . .

PLY . . YDS . .

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

410 . . 463 . . 444 . . 489 . . 494 . . 385 . . 420 . . 491 . . 410 . . 434 . . 423 . . 376 . .

. . 2556 . . . 2920 . . . 2385 . . . 2735 . . . 2734 . . . 2314 . . . 2660 . . . 2356 . . . 1965 . . . 2284 . . . 1826 . . 1693 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

AVG .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

6.2 . 6.3 . 5.4 . 5.6 . 5.5 . 6.0 . 6.3 . 4.8 . 4.8 . 5.3 . 4.3 . 4.5 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

td

. . . . . . . . . . . .

20 27 21 28 23 21 25 17 12 27 16 14

YPG

SCHOOL . . . . . PLY . . . YDS . . . AVG . . td

426.0 417.1 397.5 390.7 390.6 385.7 380.0 336.6 327.5 326.3 304.3 282.8

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

rushing OFFENSE

396 . 401 . 415 . 376 . 446 . 463 . 480 . 378 . 466 . 474 . 426 . 373 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

1426 . . . . 1621 . . . . . 1763 . . . . . 1834 . . . . . 2178 . . . . . 2222 . . . . . 2305 . . . . . 2153 . . . . . 2548 . . . . . 2639 . . . . . 2645 . . . . . 2560 . . . .

3.6 . . . 4.0 . . . 4.2 . . . 4.9 . . . 4.9 . . . 4.8 . . . 4.8 . . . 5.7 . . . 5.5 . . . 5.6 . . . 6.2 . . . 6.9 . . .

8 9 9 12 24 13 13 17 21 25 22 23

rushing defense

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

YPG

SCHOOL . . . . . att . . YDS . . .

Pc . . . td

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

281.6 203.7 155.3 145.2 131.1 128.5 127.9 126.3 111.0 110.7 100.7 83.0

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

2.8 . 2.9 . 3.2 . 3.0 . 3.4 . 3.7 . 3.6 . 4.4 . 3.9 . 4.2 . 4.1 . 4.6 .

381 . 297 . 258 . 228 . 273 . 191 . 232 . 219 . 241 . 210 . 247 . 188 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

YPG

237.7 270.2 293.8 305.7 311.1 317.4 329.3 358.8 364.0 377.0 377.9 426.7

1971 . . . . 5.2 . 1426 . . . . 4.8 . 1087 . . . . 4.2 . 871 . . . . 3.8 . 918 . . . . 3.4 . 771 . . . . 4.0 . 895 . . . . 3.9 . 758 . . . . 3.5 . 666 . . . . 2.8 . 664 . . . . 3.2 . 705 . . . . 2.9 . 498 . . . . 2.6 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. 22 . 15 . 12 . 6 . 8 . 11 . 12 . 10 . 11 8 . 8 . 5

239 . . 230 . 257 . . 243 . . 224 . . 213 . . 225 . . 225 . . 270 . . 218 . . 270 . . 227 . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

670 . . . . . 675 . . . . 820 . . . . 734 . . . . 911 . . . . 789 . . . . 801 . . . . 988 . . . . 1052 . . . . 905 . . . . 1108 . . . . 1037 . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. 11 . 7 . 6 . 2 . 7 . 6 . 6 . 6 . 8 . 10 . 13 . 12

YPG

95.7 112.5 .117.1 .122.3 130.1 131.5 133.5 .141.1 150.3 .150.8 158.3 .172.8

passing defense SCHOOL . . . . cp/at . . YDS . . . Pct . . td yPG

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

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

1887 . . . 1785 . . . 1840 . . . 1816 . . . 1556 . . . 1651 . . . 1160 . . 1094 . . . 1234 . . . 1029 . . 1197 . . . 949 . . .

63.7 . 67.6 . 58.8 . 66.1 . 65.1 . 57.8 . 55.5 . 50.5 . 56.1 . 60.2 . 51.1 . 48.8 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

16 9 16 15 11 9 5 6 10 6 15 5

314.5 297.5 262.9 259.4 259.3 235.9 193.3 182.3 176.3 171.5 171.0 135.6

95/166 . 78/158 . . 111/202 . . 85/193 . . 71/151 . . 92/160 . . 136/223 . . 132/207 . . 119/204 . . 140/242 . . 125/201 . . 81/146 . .

751 . . . . 887 . . . . 974 . . . . 1170 . . . . 1033 . . . . 1248 . . . . 1485 . . . . 1508 . . . . 1531 . . . . 1637 . . . . 1657 . . . . 1523 . . . .

57.2 . 49.4 . 55.0 . 44.0 . 49.7 . 57.5 . 61.0 . 63.8 . 58.3 . 57.9 . 62.2 . 55.5 .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .

1 7 3 5 6 7 7 13 12 14 16 11

125.2 147.8 162.3 167.1 172.2 208.0 212.1 215.4 218.7 233.9 236.7 253.8

2009 AtLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE individual statistics rushing

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

1. Christian Ponder, FS 147 . 2. Thaddeus Lewis, DU 134 . 3. Riley Skinner, WF . . 143 . 4. Jacory Harris, UM . 105 .

. . . .

217 . 213 . 214 . 162 .

. . . .

1781 . 1601 . 1776 . 1518 .

9 . . 12 . . 15 . . 11 . .

1 7 9 7

296.8 266.8 253.7 253.0

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

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

7 . 7 . 7 . 7 .

. . . .

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

td INT

T.J. Yates . . . . . . . . 96 . . . . 158 . . . . 60.8 . . . . 964 . . . 6 Shaun Draughn . . . . . 1 . . . . . 1 . . . . . 100 . . . . 34 . . . 0

LNG

7 0

59 34

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

Shaun Draughn . . . . Ryan Houston . . . . . Jheranie Boyd . . . . . Jamal Womble . . . . .

88 . 49 . 7 . . 6 . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

355 . . . . . . 215 . . . . . . 60 . . . . . . 41 . . . . . .

4.0 . . 4.4 . . 8.6 . . 6.8 . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

1 . 7 . 0 . 0 .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

. . . .

20 20 18 15

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

Greg Little . . . . . . . 27 . Erik Highsmith . . . . . 18 . Shaun Draughn . . . . . 18 . Zach Pianalto . . . . . . 8 . . Jheranie Boyd . . . . . . 7 . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

230 . . . . . . 290 . . . . . . 109 . . . . . . 112 . . . . . . 90 . . . . . .

8.5 . . . . . 16.1 . . . . . 6.1 . . . . . 14.0 . . . . . 12.9 . . . . .

1 . 2 . 0 . 1 . 1 .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . .

34 43 24 26 59

punt returns PLAYER . . . . . . . NO . . . . . YDS . . . .

avg . . . . td . . . . . lng

Da’Norris Searcy . . . . 16 . . . . . . . 238 . . . . . 14.9 . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . 77 Kendric Burney . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . 34 . . . . . . 11.3 . . . . . 0 . . . . . . . 21

kickoff returns PLAYER . . . . . . . .NO . . . .

YDS . . . . . avg . . . . td . . . . . lng

Johnny White . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . 183 . . . . . . 20.3 . . . . . 0 . . . . . . . 31 Greg Little . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . 71 . . . . . . . 17.8 . . . . . 0 . . . . . . . 20

punting

passing OFFENSE SCHOOL . . . . .cp/at . . . YDS . . Pct . . . td yPG

163/256 . . . 148/219 . . . 151/257 . . . 146/221 . . . 108/166 . . . 141/244 . . . 101/182 . . . 92/182 . . . 69/123 . . . 100/166 . . 90/176 . . . 40/82 . . . .

PASSING

140 . . . 134 . . . 151 . . . 99 . . .

834 . 756 . 625 . 593 .

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6.0 . 5.6 . 4.1 . 6.0 .

. 10 119.1 . 10 108.0 . 9 89.3 . 5 84.7

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

Grant Schallock . . . . . 32 . . . . . . 1332 . . . . . 41.6 . . . . . 0 . . . . . . . 55

field goals PLAYER . . . . . . . 0-29 . . . . . 30-39 . . .

40-49 . . . . tot lng

Casey Barth . . . . . . . 3-3 . . . . . . 1-3 . . . . . 1-2 . . . . . . 5-8 Trase Jones . . . . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . 0-0 . . . . . . 0-0

40 0

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

Ryan Houston . . . . . . 7 . Casey Barth . . . . . . . 0 . Erik Highsmith . . . . . . 2 . Johnny White . . . . . . 1 . Zach Pianalto . . . . . . 1 .

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0 . 0 . 0 . 0 . 0 .

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0-0 . . 16-17 . 0-0 . . 0-0 . . 0-0 . .

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0-0 5-8 0-0 0-0 0-0

42 31 12 6 6

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

sck

Quan Sturdivant . . . . . . Charles Brown . . . . . . Robert Quinn . . . . . . . Kendric Burney . . . . . .

0.0 0.0 7.0 1.0

24 . 27 . 20 . 21 .

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15 . . . . . . . . 39 6 . . . . . . . . . 33 12 . . . . . . . . 32 9 . . . . . . . . . 30

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

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Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 61, Mississippi 59, South Florida 57, Nebraska 52, Michigan 41, Central Michigan 39, Arizona 25


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DTH SPORTSATURDAY | 10/22/09

Searcy’s play a testament to grandmother’s life By Anna Kim

ing, he’s crazy.”

Family matters

Virginia Searcy is the reason for the No. 21 across Da’Norris Searcy’s back and a cross tattooed on his right arm. “She was a real inspiration to me,” Da’Norris said. “She always told me to never give up. Never let anyone turn you away. Just keep pushing.” Virginia Searcy was born in 1921, the inspiration for his number. She raised 15 children — one of whom was Da’Norris’ father. And until she passed away in 2001, she was also one of her grandson’s best friends. “That’s a bond that nobody can break,” his mother Tracy said. When his grandmother’s health began to falter, she moved in with the Searcys. There Da’Norris began his favorite childhood tradition. “We had our special date, our Monday date,” he said. “The only day of the week I could stay up. We watched Monday Night Football together.” When asked who he would most like to have dinner with, Searcy answered Walter Payton, God, Sean Taylor and his grandmother. “I feel like I put a little inspiration in his life, but his grandmother is really who influenced him,” his father, Donald, said. “My mom raised 15 kids by herself. He saw adversity. Sometimes they had to go without. He just admired the woman.” When Virginia died in 2001, Da’Norris was in eighth grade. “It was difficult coming home and not hearing her voice,” he said. So he acquired a tattoo to remind him of the woman who came to every one of his baseball games — but never saw him play the game they loved. “She couldn’t come to football games because it was too cold,” he said. “But I know she’s watching me now.”

‘Never give up’

D a ’ Mo n t a i s j u s t o n e o f Da’Norris’ three younger siblings. He talks to his big brother on the phone every day — and Da’Monta knows there is no question as to why he is calling. “Grades.” Da’Norris’ concern for his younger brother came as no surprise to his father. “I told him, ‘You might be the one to take this family on,’” Donald said. “He believes it in his heart.” Da’Norris credits a strong sense of familial obligation to his grand-

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Da’Norris Searcy (21) has taken on a larger role in 2009 for UNC’s defense. He wears No. 21 to honor his grandmother, Virginia. football team.” At Towers High School, Searcy emerged as a standout at defensive back and running back. In eight games his senior year, he rushed for 1,607 yards and 16 touchdowns. When his team’s quarterback quit at halftime, Searcy suited up and threw for 199 yards and rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown. What can this kid not do, Searcy’s father was asked. His answer? Stop. He recalled his son’s reaction to a knee injury. “I kicked him out of the game for two weeks,” Donald said. “He cried. He fussed. Because if he ain’t play-

At UNC, crazy takes on a slightly different form for Searcy. “You know, we’ ll be chilling in the living room somewhere and he’ll go missing,” cornerback Kendric Burney said. “You’ll go look and realize that he done took all the sheets off the bed, all the pillow cases off the bed, he done threw pretty much everything on the floor.” But times at UNC were not always so upbeat for Searcy. Before this season, Searcy played primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety behind the departed second-team All-America Trimane Goddard. “Him being such a big superstar in high school, it was a big change,” his father said. “He would call me, feeling down. I’d say, ‘Look man. You can’t. There’s a plan in front of you.’” That’s when he remembered to never give up. Just keep pushing. In the last game of the season, he received his chance. Searcy started in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, recording a careerhigh 10 tackles and two sacks. This season, Searcy starts as a safety and the team’s leading punt returner. He ranks third in the ACC for punt return average. “I’m very excited,” Searcy said. “I’ve proven to the coaches I can do more. Coming into training camp, I wanted to get the coaches to trust me. Now they trust that I can do it.”

GO HEELS!

Gridiron beginnings Searcy might have grown up in Decatur, Ga., but he was raised on the football field. He spent his childhood glued to his father’s side, a former high school All-America and semi-professional football player. Except on one occasion. When Da’Norris was 3 years old, his father awoke in a panic. During his nap between his night shift and day practice, his toddler had escaped. “‘Norris? Norris?’ I was calling his name,” he said. “I looked across the street, and he was with the

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mother, who also made sure all family members were accounted for at Christmas dinner. “She always told me, you act like a man and you’ll be treated like one,” he said. Before Searcy left Georgia, his father left him with one final piece of advice. “You’ve got to make a statement for yourself,” his father said. Da’Norris Searcy has already chosen that statement. That’s why he bears it on his jersey. It reminds him to never give up, to never let anyone turn him away. Just keep pushing.


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