I'll never forget the first time I saw Mack Hollins score.
It was almost exactly a year ago, in North Carolina's 50-14 beatdown of a hapless Wake Forest team. Early in the second quarter, Hollins soared through the secondary and reeled in a 57-yard touchdown on his first touch of the game.
It was the first of his three catches on the day, all for touchdowns. And as he does after nearly every end-zone strike, he shrugged — flashing that cocky humility that only he could manage.
So when Hollins streaked down the field and left his defender in the dust in the second quarter of UNC's 20-13 win over No. 16 Miami, it felt like more of the same. I couldn't help but flash back to that first time I watched him split the defense so effortlessly — the first time he made my jaw drop.
But when Hollins landed hard on his right shoulder at the 7-yard line, my jaw dropped for another reason entirely. And as he writhed in pain, I knew this time was different.