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Georgia Tech racked up 496 yards of total offense on its way to a 35-28 win against North Carolina at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The North Carolina football team began preparing for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech this spring. And to be successful against the NCAA’s best offense on its home turf, the Tar Heels might need all the help they can get.
Jones Angell has been with the Tar Heel Sports Network for more than a decade, but before North Carolina’s season-opening football game against James Madison, the new “Voice of the Tar Heels” was admittedly nervous.
The University released 80 exhibits Tuesday that were used in UNC’s response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations.
Eleven days ago, Kevin Guskiewicz received a life-changing phone call. The person on the other line informed him that he was one of 22 individuals nationally to receive a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
With the addition of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University this past weekend, the Atlantic Coast Conference has taken an important step in assuring that it will continue to be a dominant conference in the NCAA.
In the University of North Carolina’s 111-page response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations, previously unreleased details regarding former UNC tutor and mentor Jennifer Wiley and her association with UNC football players were made public.
Tailback A.J. Blue and wide receiver Jheranie Boyd had been practicing this play all season. Blue, a former quarterback, takes the handoff from Bryn Renner, fakes the run, then steps back and heaves a pass downfield to the speedy Boyd.
After committing nine penalties and turning the ball over five times in its narrow victory against Rutgers on Sept. 10, the North Carolina football team was determined to improve its discipline and cut down on miscues.
North Carolina rushed for 222 yards Saturday against Virginia to beat the Cavaliers 28-17 at Kenan Stadium. The win marked the first time since 2000 that the Tar Heels have started the season 1-0 in the ACC.
The North Carolina football team’s 24-22 win against Rutgers marked its sixth straight non-conference victory and a 2-0 start to the 2011 season for UNC. But as far as the Tar Heels are concerned, the season has yet to begin. North Carolina will host Virginia (2-0) on Saturday at Kenan Stadium and will look to win its first conference opener since 2000.
In four years as North Carolina’s starting quarterback, T.J. Yates passed for a school record 9,377 yards and 58 touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner, his heir apparent for the 2011 season, has a career stat line of 1-for-2 for 14 yards. “I’ve had a tremendous amount of reps over the past three years that I’ve been here, so I think that’s helped me out a lot,” Renner said.
New North Carolina starting quarterback Bryn Renner has seen very limited game action, and similarly, many of his potential targets don’t have much experience, either. With a young receiving corp, Renner will likely lean heavily on senior wide receiver Dwight Jones in 2011. Jones, who received honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2010, led North Carolina with 62 receptions and 946 yards — a total good for fifth in UNC history.
Ryan Houston could very easily become Bryn Renner’s best friend this season. Houston, who is expected to lead the North Carolina backfield this season, was withheld from the first five games of the 2010 season until he was cleared in the NCAA’s investigation into the UNC football program.
In many ways, the North Carolina offseason has been one of turmoil. And unfortunately for the Tar Heels, it affected a position that could least afford adversity. North Carolina graduated three senior starters from last year’s secondary, leaving just three players — Jabari Price, Matt Merletti and Charles Brown — with significant playing time in the defensive backfield. Cornerback Mywan Jackson, a promising freshman last year, left the program in early August. Price, a projected starter at cornerback, injured his hand in preseason practice and will likely miss at least six weeks of action. But despite the question marks that surround the secondary, coach Everett Withers said the corps has improved tremendously in a short time. “Some of those guys were thrown into the mix,” Withers said.
As redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner prepares to take the reins at quarterback this season, he will lean heavily upon a veteran offensive line that returns four starters and has the potential to be one of the best in the ACC. Jonathan Cooper, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound left guard, is entering his third year as a starter on the offensive line.