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One Thing to Watch: Georgia Tech
The dive, the keep, the pitch. Georgia Tech’s flex bone offense doesn’t consist entirely of the triple option play, but it’s the glue that holds everything together. In the week leading up to a game against Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team, the talk of UNC's defense is ‘assignment football.’ That means knowing and executing your own assignment and trusting your teammates to know theirs.
In Green Bay, a more mellow Julius Peppers will face Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers’ player reunion tour continues this week when they visit Green Bay and face another of their former Pro Bowlers in Julius Peppers. Peppers has been gone for five years, so his emotions about his exit from Charlotte aren’t as raw as those of Steve Smith, who promised “blood and guts” when his Baltimore Ravens faced Carolina in Week 4.
Jackets must move past Duke loss, prep for UNC
The Yellow Jackets will play at North Carolina on Saturday night as they try to remain near the top of the ACC’s Coastal Division race. Paul Johnson said he has “all the confidence” in quarterback Justin Thomas, who threw two interceptions against Duke. It was a rare poor game for Thomas, who threw only one interception in the 5-0 start. Georgia Tech led the ACC in turnover ratio before the loss.
Video: Larry Fedora, Jeff Schoettmer Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews
Larry Fedora and Jeff Schoettmer talk special teams execution, playing disciplined football and practicing without a ball in order to stop Georgia Tech's triple option offense on October 15, 2014.
UNC's Running Back Production Lacking
North Carolina’s running back meeting room is stocked with talent, yet for the second year in a row, it’s quarterback Marquise Williams that is leading the team in rushing. Williams has been the featured offensive back in UNC’s ground game the past two weeks, averaging 113 rushing yards on 18.5 carries per game. The running backs have totaled just 67 yards on 33 carries over that span.
What Remains: UNC Mid-Season Predictions
Looking into the second half of the season, every game is winnable for North Carolina. Then again, based on what we have seen so far out of the Tar Heels this Fall, every game could also result in a loss. To make a bowl game UNC needs to win four of the last six games. Let's examine the remaining six games for North Carolina and predict the results.
Wednesday Larry Fedora Teleconference Quotes
How does this team go about winning games like last weekend? Where's the emphasis? Larry Fedora: "Well, we continue to work on taking care of the ball offensively. We can't turn the football over. If we don't do that, we've got a chance to win that football game and can win that football game. We've got to continue to create takeaways on defense. We've got to stop the run."
"Roy from Chapel Hill" Predicts Win over GT on Larry Fedora Radio Show
There was a special caller to Larry Fedora Live on the Tar Heels Sports Network on Tuesday night. "Roy from Chapel Hill" called with some advice for Coach Fedora along with a prediction about Saturday's game against Georgia Tech: It was nice to hear Coach Williams call and give his public show of support to Fedora and a team that is struggling to find confidence.
Marquise Williams plans to 'bring the fire' against Georgia Tech
After the North Carolina football team's 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech Oct. 4, the Tar Heels’ offensive linemen decided they needed to make amends. Marquise Williams had been sacked five times for 33 yards — the most in any game all season. “A lot of guys came up to me saying, ‘My bad, my bad,’ after seeing me with a lot of bumps and bruises,” Williams said.
Tar Heels seek discipline on defense
Larry Fedora compared North Carolina’s loss to Notre Dame Saturday to last year’s game against Miami — a loss that nonetheless helped spark a 5-game winning streak at the tail end of the season. If the Tar Heels expect a similar midseason turnaround, however, they’re going to have to face down a conference nemesis: Georgia Tech.
Offensive efficiency key to defeating Georgia Tech
All of the focus will be on the North Carolina defense this week in their preparation to play Georgia Tech and the triple-option offense. Georgia Tech’s unusual attack places extra pressure on the Tar Heels’ defensive players to stay in their lanes and play sound assignment football – something UNC has struggled with at times this season.
Faced with familiar crossroads, UNC tries to repeat history while State looks to change it
UNC has lost four straight going into Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, but has shown some signs of life in its two most recent games. That includes a 50-43 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday that had a familiar feel to it. “This Notre Dame game was a lot like Miami last year,” Larry Fedora said of a 27-23 Thursday night loss to the Hurricanes that became the turning point of UNC’s season.
Larry Fedora Radio Show Quotes
Larry Fedora on practice techniques against the triple option: “We don’t use a ball when we’re running the triple option, so that way the defense doesn’t know who has the ball because there is no ball, so on every play, somebody should be wrapping the fullback up, somebody should have the quarterback and somebody should have the pitch."
Opponent Preview: Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech comes to Carolina looking to rebound after losing to Duke at home, in a game where they benched their starting quarterback Justin Thomas for back-up Tim Byerly. Byerly came in and had two running touchdowns to make the game close. This game carries a lot of uncertainty for the Yellow Jackets who will try to right the ship against UNC.
Robert Quinn not so mighty in 2014
What in the name of St. Louis-style barbecue is going on with Robert Quinn? Last season, the Rams defensive end was a monster on the field with 19 sacks. In the end, he finished tied with J.J. Watt as the best defensive lineman in fantasy. This year, we're waiting for Quinn to record his first quarterback takedown. It's not just Quinn, actually. It's become an epidemic throughout the Rams roster.