Dual-threat QB awaits Tar Heels

Davis’ journey leads him to Saturday

The numbers East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis has posted this year have been impressive. Through his first three starts, Davis has averaged 297 yards passing and three touchdowns per game while limiting his interceptions to just one per game.

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UNC safety Da'Norris Searcy cleared to play

North Carolina safety Da’Norris Searcy has been cleared to play after his eligibility was determined by both the NCAA and the University. The senior has missed all three of UNC’s games thus far and will make his 2010 debut against East Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We’ll try to figure out what kind of role Da’Norris can play on such short notice a day before the game this weekend,” UNC coach Butch Davis said. The senior made his way into a starting safety position last season and averaged 14.6 yards in punt returns, which were ranked fifth in the nation and second in the ACC.


	Senior cornerback Kendric Burney received $1,333 in extra benefits.

NCAA to hear UNC football appeals Friday

The NCAA will hear appeals from Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams this Friday, athletic director Dick Baddour said Wednesday. Baddour said he expects a decision will come that day. Burney and Williams face suspensions of six and four games, respectively, for receiving improper benefits. An NCAA ruling on other players could come soon as well, he said.


Former coach John Blake connected to money trail

A Yahoo Sports article released Wednesday night details money transfers between former UNC associate football coach John Blake and sports agent Gary Wichard. The report states at least six wire transfers were made from Wichard’s private account to Blake, along with a $45,000 personal loan to Blake and credit card issued Blake’s name under Pro Tect Management, the agency for which Wichard works.


UNC football prepares to face ECU team after Rutgers win

North Carolina’s 17-13 win against Rutgers was big for a number of reasons. The Tar Heels toughed out a win despite a smattering of offensive lapses. But more importantly, North Carolina was 0-2 heading into the game, and a loss would have significantly hurt its bowl-game chances.


	Bruce Carter had his biggest game of the season, blocking the sixth punt of his UNC career and returning an interception for 55 yards.  Courtesy of the Daily Targum/Ramon Dompur.

UNC football team beats Rutgers for first win

UNC moved the ball well at times behind senior quarterback T.J. Yates, but when it came to converting points, Rutgers handled UNC in matador-like fashion. North Carolina couldn’t make the play it so often needed in the first quarter and consistently kept missing the mark.


Brennan Williams likes the Patriots, guitar

Brennan Williams is a sophomore offensive tackle on North Carolina’s football team. But Williams is not the “typical” football player. Assistant Sports Editor Mark Thompson sat down with Williams to discuss the New England Patriots, the bass guitar and Halo.


Erik Highsmith and the UNC wide receivers will have to face Rutgers’ safety Joe Lefeged on Saturday.
Lefeged is a playmaker across the field and received the defensive back of the week award last week.

Lefeged challenges UNC's wide receivers

Against North Carolina’s newfound aerial attack, Rutgers’ last line of defense is its best. Safety Joe Lefeged is the Scarlet Knights’ third-leading tackler and was a preseason second-team All-Big East selection.


Administrators give update on football investigation

Trustees learned more about the ongoing investigations into the football team at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday morning. Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour shared other details in a half-hour question-and-answer presentation.


Academic investigation in honor system's hands

Administrators stressed to trustees the need for patience with the pace of the ongoing football investigations Thursday morning. The UNC team investigating allegations of academic misconduct has passed its findings to the student attorney general’s office, but their process won’t be complete for awhile.


NCAA rules on Burney, Williams

North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said the penalties levied by the NCAA on football players Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams are too harsh and said the University plans to appeal the rulings. Burney must sit out four more games after missing UNC’s first two, while Williams must sit two more games before returning. Both suspensions are due to the players violating NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules.