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Delaware ‘fired up’ for North Carolina
Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. game with North Carolina at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill may not be particularly advantageous for a developing team. Of the 50 Blue Hens who saw action in last Saturday’s 28-21 loss at Villanova, 32 were freshmen and sophomores, including 13 starters. Yet, because it’s their chance to play a major-conference foe in a big-time setting, players relish the opportunity.
UNC freshmen discuss early opportunites
Andre Smith, Mike Hughes, and Ty'Son Williams have all seen substantial minutes for UNC this year. Smith and Williams arrived on campus in January and Hughes followed in May for the first summer session. Smith has played the biggest role in all three games. The 6-foot-0, 235-pound Jacksonville native has registered 10 tackles and been a key part of UNC's linebacker group.
Blue Hens prepare for tough task at North Carolina
Saturday's game will be a bit of a homecoming for third-year Hens coach Dave Brock. Brock spent the 2005-6 seasons as part of the Tar Heels' coaching staff. “I loved working at the University of North Carolina, I loved Chapel Hill,” he said. “The people that were there when I was there were awesome people. They were fantastic to me, fantastic to my family. I have great memories of being there.”
UNC Defense Bending But Not Breaking
The “bend-but-don’t-break” defensive approach has long been scrutinized. Regardless of the criticism, the philosophy works. Through three games, UNC ranks seventh nationally in red zone defense (62.5%) and 32nd in red zone touchdown percentage (4-of-8; 50%). As a result, the Tar Heels rank 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15 points per game.
White Out Game Set For Saturday
North Carolina will host its annual "White Out" game on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kenan Stadium when the Tar Heels take on Delaware. Fans are encouraged to wear white at the game. Official “White Out” t-shirts can be purchased at Chapel Hill Sportswear on Franklin Street or in Kenan Stadium on Saturday.
Fedora, Chizik discuss defense
Larry Fedora on linebacker Andre Smith: "He was with us during the spring and he was able to pick up the defense very quickly. Part of that was probably that he was learning from scratch just like everyone else so he didn’t know any different. He’s done a really nice job. He’s very physical. He’s proven that he is one of the top three linebackers on the team."
Tar Heels Present Big Challenge For Delaware
The Delaware Blue Hens will step up a level this week as they take to the road to visit the University of North Carolina down in Chapel Hill. Delaware is 1-2 on the season after losing a heartbreaker on the Main Line to rival Villanova this past weekend, 28-21. The game was close throughout and the Blue Hens actually led in the fourth quarter, but Villanova scored two late touchdowns to grab the win.
Giovani Bernard tops list of satellite backs
Giovani Bernard is getting recognized for his talents on the field. It is not the normal running back rankings he leads, it is the special ability to create open space that has people taking notice.
UNC's Mike Hughes uses speed to learn new trade
As Mike Hughes’ snaps increase, so too will his comfort in the secondary. A first-team all-state quarterback in high school, Hughes entered UNC as a four-star athlete who had dabbled in punting and defensive play. But since joining the Tar Heels program in July, he has shown drastic improvement in his new role.
Larry Fedora Talks Tempo
The Tar Heels are currently averaging 66 offensive plays per game, which ranks ninth in the ACC and 89th nationally. UNC’s 198 plays through three games are the fewest by a Fedora offense in his eight years as head coach. The previous low was 209 plays run through three games in 2013. Despite that small sample size of data, there is no fundamental shift in offensive philosophy.
UNC switches up field design
To embrace the "white-out" theme for Saturday's UNC game against Delaware the Tar Heel field crew is using a white base for the argyle design that has graced the Kenan Stadium field this season.
Opponent Preview: Delaware
The Blue Hens lost their opener at home to Jacksonville before a home win over Lafayette and a defeat last week to Villanova. The constant for Delaware in all these games has been a lack of ability to score. The Blue Hens have averaged only 18 points per game so far this season and that really restricts their potential to score a huge upset against the Tar Heels.
Video: UNC players explain Switzer's celebration fail
Ryan Switzer jumped sideways after an 85-yard punt return expecting his teammates to catch him - only they didn't.
Fedora on Davis' TD mark: "To own a record like that? That's pretty cool"
Quinshad Davis's name is in the Tar Heel record books. The senior wideout set the UNC career receiving touchdown record during Saturday's 48-14 win over Illinois. In the second quarter, Davis caught a nine yard pass from quarterback Marquise Williams in the end zone. The score cemented Davis as one of the more productive wide receivers in North Carolina football history. But for the South Carolina native winning is more important.
Jeff Saturday: This time, the center is the center of attention
Jeff Saturday spent 12 years deferring to Peyton Manning, but Monday night, Lucas Oil Stadium was all his. The ovation was overwhelming as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay presented the undrafted former player with a spot in the organization’s Ring of Honor. Saturday became just the eighth player with his name placed at the fourth-level façade. “Seeing it choked me up,” said Saturday, who wore a blue No. 63 jersey from 1999-2011.