Video: Music City Bowl Welcome Party
Footage of the Music City Bowl welcome party on the General Jackson Showboat, including highlights of Carolina's pivotal 58-55 victory over Tennessee in the rib-eating contest. Defensive lineman Quinton Alton led the five-person team with twenty-one ribs eaten.
UNC's scout team saw many new faces at practice
A person who observed the Carolina football practice Thursday told WRAL News that several defensive players listed as starters on UNC's depth chart were practicing with the scout team. Among them were DE Robert Quinn, DL Quinton Alton, LB Quan Sturdivant, LB Bruce Carter, CB Kendric Burney, CB Charles Brown, DT Jared McAdoo, DB Curtis Campbell, LB Darius Lipford and S Da'Norris Searcy
Emotions will be high for Pirates, Tar Heels
Some of the players on East Carolina have played with or against many of the players on the North Carolina sidelines. North Carolina defensive back Quinton Person and offensive lineman Morgan Randall played high school football in Greenville. ECU junior defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has a more immediate connection with the Tar Heels. He played two years in Chapel Hill before transferring to ECU.
UNC's defensive effort is Taylor made
In his final, emotional game at Kenan Stadium, Kareen Taylor turned in one of the best performances of his college career, dashing all over the field to record five tackles and three pass break-ups to go with his two interceptions. To put that into perspective, the Tar Heels had only two picks for the entire season going into the game. Quinton Person added another Saturday.
Extra Points Mailbag
Receiver Hakeem Nicks had an outstanding game on the offensive side of the ball last week at Notre Dame - and he's only a freshman. Another freshman turning in a solid performance on the opposite side was cornerback Jermaine Strong. Strong is a 5-10, 185-pound red-shirt freshman from Crest High in Shelby. He has started two games now at right cornerback, moving ahead of Quinton Person on the depth chart.
Lucas: A More Consistent Person
Cornerback Quinton Person happens to be playing the best football of his Carolina career. He'd seen plenty of game action already, including four starts last season after Watkins was injured. Some of his most valuable contributions had come on special teams, where he's been a consistently solid performer--returning punts as a freshman and scooping up a blocked punt and returning it for a touchdown in last year's win over NC State.
Monday Practice Notes
One of the quieter races of camp has been the battle to start opposite Jacoby Watkins in the second cornerback spot. As of now, Quinton Person may be the frontrunner, and he helped himself with a pair of interceptions Monday morning. One, when he stayed snug to the receiver on a deep route, prompted Marvin Sanders and Danny Pearman to sprint all the way down the field to congratulate him. Person credits improvement in some nuances of the game for his play during camp.
Tar Heel Football Notebook
The season-ending injury to cornerback Jacoby Watkins means a secondary shuffle is in order. Quinton Person--who had 10 tackles against Utah and also earned the squad's special teams player of the game honor in that contest--is likely to move into the starting corner role, with Trimane Goddard seeing significant action as a nickel back and Mahlon Carey entering at safety in that situation.
Tar Heels lose Jacoby Watkins for season with injury
Injury has struck North Carolina's defense again and sidelined a second starter for the rest of the season. Jacoby Watkins, a cornerback, broke a bone in his lower right leg in Saturday's 7-5 win over Virginia at Kenan Stadium. Quinton Person, a sophomore, will likely take over Watkins' starting job.
Quinton Person stands out in crowd
Coach John Bunting tends to speak highly of his entire football team, but he reserves a special place for those players who maximize limited physical gifts through heart, determination and hard work. Quarterback Matt Baker is one of Bunting’s guys. Wide receiver Wallace Wright is another, along with linebacker Doug Justice. And even before his 10-tackle performance against Utah last Saturday, defensive back Quinton Person had become another.
It means a little something more to sophomore Quinton Person when he thinks of the recent victims of Hurricane Katrina and those currently suffering due to other natural disasters. Person’s giving hasn’t stopped with just his charitable donations either. He’s also been on the giving end of some serious hits in the Carolina secondary this season.