Tar Heels Today: Roy offers Montgomery, Hollins at the Super Bowl
Roy Williams offers E.J. Montgomery, Mack Hollins meets the Super Bowl media, UNC women's basketball faces No. 5 Notre Dame, a classic UNC-Duke flashback and more in Tar Heels Today.
Wallace Wright has been something special for Jets
Nothing was easy for Wallace Wright when it came to football. The wide receiver was a walk-on at North Carolina before he earned a scholarship his junior year. So when he came into the Jets' rookie minicamp two years ago, it was another long shot that he would even be noticed. He was one of those rare finds at the rookie minicamp, a weekend where dozens of players come to tryouts like hopefuls at an "American Idol" audition. Few make the cut, but Wright is one of the exceptions.
Jets’ wide receiver is making all the Wright moves
Wallace Wright earned a tryout with the Jets, signed a contract after minicamp, was cut before the season and then signed to the practice squad — all while dealing with the news that his mother, Darlene, had cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant. “She’s my inspiration,” Wright said, adding that she’s now in remission. Wright was signed to the Jets’ active roster late that season, and has been making a mark on special teams since.
Wright time, right place for Jet
Before heading to New York last spring for a tryout at the Jets' rookie camp, Wallace Wright bumped into a former college teammate-turned-Super Bowl hero at a McDonald's in Durham, N.C. Wright received a few McNuggets of wisdom from Steelers tailback Willie Parker, who blazed the trail he was hoping to follow. Parker's message to Wright: If I can defy the odds, you can, too.
Lucas: Oohs And Ahhs
This year's team still has Hansbrough and is working on chemistry. But as they showed during Wednesday's romp over St. Augustine's, they also have some of those oohs and ahhs. This team has Marcus Ginyard tossing an alley-oop pass to Brandan Wright that looks way too high and way too behind its target to ever be productive. Then Wright soars through the air, cups the ball with his left hand, and slams it through all in one motion. That's Rasheed Wallace at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That's an ooh.
Jets Do The Tar Heel Shuffle
The New York Jets are having a tough time deciding on their favorite Tar Heel. The Jets waived rookie free agent wide receiver Wallace Wright out of UNC Tuesday and signed another former Tar Heel, tight end Zach Hilton. Hilton had been surprisingly cut by the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day and was one of their top receivers last year.
Brooks Foster Ready To Emerge
With the departure of seniors Wallace Wright, Jarwarski Pollock, and Derrele Mitchell, Brooks Foster is listed at the top of the depth chart at the wide receiver spot opposite Holley, with a handful of underclassmen ready to step in. But Foster does not necessarily have the advantage of experience over these younger players. Everyone is new to Frank Cignetti's offense. With the exception of Jesse Holley, every wide receiver (including Foster) has yet to catch a pass as a Tar Heel.
Wallace Wright Signs Free Agent Contract With New York Jets
The New York Jets signed four rookie free agents: CB Omowale Dada, LB Tearrius George, WR Wallace Wright and TE Joe Kowalewski. Wright, 6-0, 191, played four seasons for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels after originally entering school as a walk-on before earning a scholarship. Wright was the primary kickoff return man for UNC the past four seasons and added 23 receptions for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
Wallace Wright Named ACC Specialist Of The Week
North Carolina kickoff returner Wallace Wright has been named the ACC's Specialist of the Week for his performance against Boston College. Wright returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Tar Heels' 16-14 win over then-No. 19 Boston College on Saturday, giving the Tar Heels two opening kickoff returns for scores in the same season for the first time in school history.
North Carolina is a "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" Finalist
This week, the Tar Heels have qualified as one of four finalists for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" competition on ESPN. Wallace Wright returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown sparking a UNC 16-14 win over Boston College on Saturday. Visit www.pontiac.com/ncaa and cast your vote for Wallace Wright. (Tar Heel Blue - )
Tar Heels pluck Eagles
North Carolina put a little bit of everything into its potentially season-changing 16-14 victory against 19th-ranked Boston College Saturday in sun-bathed Kenan Stadium. There was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Wallace Wright to start the game. There were quarterback Matt Baker and wide receiver Jesse Holley making like Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, playing throw and catch in their own world. There was a strong defensive effort that never allowed Boston College to take command.
Heels get wake-up call early
It was just after noon Saturday, practically dawn for groggy college kids just straggling into Kenan Stadium's nearly empty student section when there came a bolt from the Carolina blue. Boston College kicked off to open the game. The kick was short, dropping in front of UNC returner Wallace Wright. He ran behind his wedge, turned the corner on BC's defenders and raced down the right sideline for a 90-yard touchdown return.
Fast start helps North Carolina upset No. 19 BC
It was the second time this season North Carolina scored on the opening kickoff, with Brandan Tate going 100 yards for a TD against Utah. "It's the best feeling in the world," Wallace Wright said. "I've been waiting for years for that to happen. It couldn't have been a better day."
North Carolina Downs No. 19 B.C., 19-14
Connor Barth broke out of a season-long slump with three field goals, Wallace Wright ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and North Carolina held off No. 19 Boston College 16-14 Saturday. Jesse Holley set career highs with eight catches for 125 yards for the Tar Heels, who got their second consecutive upset at home. Two weeks ago, they beat then-No. 23 Virginia 7-5, and their defense was every bit as stingy in this one.
UNC receivers dropping the ball
Jarwarski Pollock, on the verge of breaking the school’s all-time record for receptions since the season began, has caught two passes in his last three games. Wallace Wright and Derrele Mitchell combined for four receptions during the entire month of October. But even when the wide receivers have had their chances to catch the ball this season, they haven’t consistently capitalized.