In a season defined by gloom, two players in particular have been consistent bright spots for the North Carolina football team: running backs Michael Carter and Jordon Brown.
Coming into the year, there were question marks all over the offense for the Tar Heels — no more so than at running back after the departure of dynamic duo Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan. But Carter and Brown have performed admirably after being thrust into prominent roles in head coach Larry Fedora’s system.
The two underclassmen have combined for over 1,100 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games, including 172 combined yards and a touchdown apiece in Saturday’s 65-10 demolition of Western Carolina. They’ve also done all of this while having to deal with a carousel at quarterback that has made it difficult for the team’s offense to find its rhythm all year.
Brown, a returning sophomore, has the upper hand in experience of the two, despite having only 21 total touches last season. He came into the year with many expecting him to take up the lead back role, but while he leads the team in carries with 130, Fedora has been spreading out touches pretty evenly all season.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Durham native is a true all-purpose back, as evidenced by Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation coming out of high school two years ago.