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Heels' offense, defense, special teams add up to a Fedora hat trick
Larry Fedora, UNC, Grade: A. It’s been a long time since the Tar Heels had a more impressive performance in a game against an Autonomy-5 non-league opponent than the 48-14 rout of Illinois. After struggling on the game’s first drive, the defense recovered effectively. Marquise Williams was an offensive catalyst throughout and the special teams were out of sight.
Star defensive backs discuss Saturday's win
In just three games Donnie Miles and M.J. Stewart have become standouts in the 2015 North Carolina secondary. Miles, a redshirt sophomore from Florida, is leading the team in tackles from the strong safety position. After the Illinois win "Donnie Buckets" has 28 total tackles. Stewart, a 5-foot-11, 200 pound cornerback from Virginia has 11 total tackles, two interceptions, and three pass-breakups.
Undrafted to the Ring of Honor for former Colts center Jeff Saturday
Jeff Saturday will be at the center position again on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. But rather than handing the ball off to Peyton Manning, the former Indianapolis Colts center and current ESPN NFL analyst will be center stage as he’ll be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against the New York Jets. “I honestly believe my career has been much better than I deserved,” Saturday said.
Ryan Switzer Named To Hornung Honor Roll
Three offensive skill players and one defensive back combined for almost 800 all-purpose yards and scored TDs three different ways – receiving, punt return and passing – to earn the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll exemplifying their versatility on the field. Wide receivers Jakeen Grant (Texas Tech), Ryan Switzer (UNC) and running back Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) are newcomers to the Honor Roll.
Extra Points: Jump Starts
It’s been 38 years since the Tar Heels so thoroughly dominated an opponent from the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 or Pac-12 conferences as they did in their 48-14 destruction of Illinois Saturday in Kenan Stadium. A Bill Dooley-coached team traveled to Northwestern in 1977 and, with a freshman named Amos Lawrence gaining 101 yards on 10 carries in his third game, hammered the Wildcats 41-7.
Giovani Bernard bursts out of shadows to carry Cincy
Enter Giovani Bernard, the 5-9, 205-pound, third-year speedster out of North Carolina who, of late, had been operating in Hill's shadow. Against San Diego, however, he kept popping out of the shadow and around Chargers tacklers. By day's end, Bernard had gained 123 yards on 20 carries. He had five runs for double-digit yardage. He caught three passes for 16 yards.
Jeff Saturday: From pumping gas to the Colts Ring of Honor
After every last one of the scouts at Jeff Saturday's North Carolina pro day told him he was too small and too slow, that his arms were too short, that he'd never sniff a single down in the NFL, he hopped in his car and headed to his afternoon shift at the Eastgate BP. That's where the All-ACC center worked in the summers, where he pumped gas, cleaned bathrooms and plugged tires.
Even coach Larry Fedora likes Tar Heels' effort in win over Illinois
When the game is going on, UNC coach Larry Fedora usually prefers to keep his gruff exterior intact. If you make a good play, don't look for him to be the one to send congratulations your way. But during the course of his Tar Heels' 48-14 rout of Illinois, even he had to break character. "He was there congratulating the defense every time we came off the field," UNC cornerback Des Lawrence said.
Two UNC Records Broken in Win Over Illinois
UNC saw a couple of records broken on Saturday. First up, senior WR Quinshad Davis moved to the top of UNC's career touchdown receptions list with his 22nd scoring catch in the first half. Davis had been tied with Hakeem Nicks at 21, though Nicks' record came with an asterisk due to his involvement in NCAA violations during his Tar Heel career. Davis' record will not be so blemished.
ACC Football Week 3 Power Rankings
6 (tie). North Carolina Tar Heels (2-1): If not for some foolish mistakes in an opening week loss to South Carolina, UNC might be 3-0 and making a case for the top spot in our power rankings. As it is, the Tar Heels had no problem thumping previously undefeated Illinois, with Marquise Williams looking like he’s completely rebounded from that rough first outing.
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Illinois
Under Larry Fedora, offensive fireworks have usually been the norm, and it's not been uncommon to see special teams scores or even defensive touchdowns despite their usual foibles. But Saturday's effort against a Big 10 team is the first thing that has looked like whole-team progress in a long while, and that's been refreshing. So with those positive feels in mind, here is this week's GBU Report:
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Tar Heels put together complete effort in blowout of Illinois
Quinshad Davis played four games on the brink of North Carolina’s career receiving touchdowns record. Ryan Switzer played his entire sophomore season and two games this year without a punt return touchdown after putting up five as a freshman. Both lifted weights from their shoulders in a 48-14 demolishing of Illinois on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.
Record Setting Day
Quinshad Davis kept hearing the same question. For a month he had to regurgitate the same answer. But not anymore. Davis finally broke the school record, previously owned by Hakeem Nicks, for receiving touchdowns in a career and the weight has been lifted. Davis hauled in his 22nd touchdown reception on a 9-yard dart from Marquise Williams and now sits alone atop the list.
UNC-Illinois: Five things we learned
Elijah Hood is for Real: Elijah Hood repeated his performance against South Carolina in this game, going for 129 yards on only 16 carries. Hood's afternoon was nicely capped off by his 28 yard run for a score. If Hood continues to produce at this level then the Heels' offense could be one of the top outfits in the conference.