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ICTV: UNC Teammates Aim To Finish What Mack Hollins Started
Donnie Miles and the rest of the UNC locker room spent Monday reflecting on the impact of senior wide receiver Mack Hollins, who suffered a season-ending broken clavicle in Saturday's game against Miami. Hollins walked onto the football squad in 2013 and quickly became a playmaker and a leader.
North Carolina entered its game Saturday at Miami still in contention for the ACC’s Coastal Division title. Yet, the Tar Heels clearly needed some help from other teams to earn a repeat spot in the league’s championship game. They got some of that help Saturday some 1,400 miles north with Syracuse shocking Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome.
For No. 22 Tar Heels, playing on the road isn't a problem
North Carolina keeps coming up with big wins on the road — and that has the No. 22 Tar Heels in strong position to win their ACC division again. Entering Saturday's trip to Virginia, the Tar Heels have won three road games this season and haven't lost on an opponent's home field since 2014. That eight-game run in true road games is tied for fourth-longest in the country.
Fedora and Trubisky on Mack Hollins
One of the major topics of discussion on Monday inside the Kenan Football Center was the season-ending injury to senior Tar Heel wide receiver Mack Hollins and what that means for UNC. Hollins brought a lot to this Carolina football team and the Carolina football program.
North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler reaches out to NC State's Kyle Bambard
There is no love lost between North Carolina and NC State. But for Tar Heels kicker Nick Weiler, the heat of their rivalry took a backseat to a simple act of kindness. After NC State's Kyle Bambard missed a 33-yard field goal that would have won the game against Clemson over the weekend, he was the subject of taunting and abuse on Twitter.
Monday Depth Chart, Notes & Quotes
The most notable change from last week’s depth chart is that senior WR Mack Hollins is no longer listed, as he’s out for the season with a broken collar bone. In his place on the depth chart is redshirt freshman WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, who has seen limited action running pass routes but has been in on some special teams, including returning kickoffs.
UNC Football Primed for Coastal Repeat
North Carolina needed wins and plenty of help to stay afloat in the ACC Coastal Division race following its 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech on Oct. 8. One week later, the Tar Heels have elevated their standing and may have the inside track to a second straight trip to the ACC Championship Game. UNC currently resides atop the Coastal standings with a 3-1 ACC record.
Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Virginia Press Conference Notes
UNC head coach Larry Fedora spoke with the media on Monday, coming off a 20-13 win over Miami and heading to Virginia this weekend. Video confirmed to Fedora that the defense played really well. Fedora added that there were only six big plays that they shouldn't have given up. Fedora: "It was a good of a game as we have played" on defense.
Five With Fedora: Miami Game
When thinking of key plays in a game, people always point to touchdowns or a big sack and fumble recovery. What was a play that stood out to you against Miami that people may have missed? Larry Fedora: “I think the play that Myles Dorn made in chasing down their running back was a huge play. Instead of giving up a touchdown, we end up holding them to a field goal."
Lucas Crowley Voted ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week
Lucas Crowley graded out at 90 percent, had 12 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack as the Tar Heels posted 461 total yards of offense in a 20-13 victory at No. 16 Miami. Crowley’s efforts helped North Carolina have success moving the ball against a Hurricanes unit that entered the game ranked 10th nationally in total defense.
Weekly North Carolina Coaching Grades
Larry Fedora, UNC, A: Since the injury toll continues to climb and especially along the quickly thinning offensive line, the 20-13 win at Miami didn’t entirely qualify as a perfect day for the Tar Heels. But it was close. Not only did UNC win an important Coastal game as a road underdog, Virginia Tech’s stunning loss at Syracuse rearranged the divisional landscape.
North Carolina defense steps up when needed most
North Carolina’s 20-13 win over Miami produced neither the high score nor the offensive fireworks many expected. When the Tar Heels desperately needed someone to make a play in the final moments to fend off the Hurricanes’ comeback effort, it wasn’t the offense that came up with the game-changer. Instead, UNC's defense came through in the clutch.
UNC WR Mack Hollins Out for Season
UNC senior wide receiver Mack Hollins had season-ending surgery to repair his right clavicle Sunday. Hollins suffered the injury in the Tar Heels’ 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami. A three-time special teams captain, Hollins began at UNC as a walk-on in 2013 and became one of the most outstanding receivers in school history, finishing with 81 receptions for 1,667 yards and 20 touchdowns.
UNC Football Back In the AP Top 25 Following Win Over Miami
Saturday’s 20-13 win over then No. 16 Miami marked the fifth time in five tries this season that the UNC football team won as an unranked team. In two games as a member of the top 25, the Tar Heels have faltered each time. Head coach Larry Fedora will need that statistic to change now that UNC has re-entered the AP poll this week at No. 22.
Extra Points: Everybody
Caleb Peterson went on to deliver an emotional address to his teammates, stressing to them that two weeks on the sideline had forced him to face his own football mortality, that no one should take their roster spot for granted or take the sheer joy of playing a game on national television for a free education with their best friends for granted.