Quarterback T.J. Yates and the Tar Heels are coming off perhaps their biggest win of the season. DTH File/Andrew Dye

Tar Heels fear complacency

Butch Davis has addressed the steep learning curve facing his young football team on several occasions.

But if last Thursday’s win against Virginia Tech is any indication, North Carolina is proving to be a quick study — at least when it comes to potentially heartbreaking losses.


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UNC dominates Georgia Southern in 1st half, 42-7

For all that talk about offensive struggles, lack of turnovers and downright uninspired play, North Carolina more than made amends with its first half against Georgia Southern. The Tar Heels threw up 42 points - their most of the season - in just 30 minutes of play.

... on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC.

Virginia downs UNC 16-3

 When asked if Saturday's game was the lowest of the low for North Carolina's offense, quarterback T.J. Yates could only lower his head and quietly murmur agreement."That about tops it," Yates said.UNC's offensive unit turned in its second subpar performance in as many weeks, failing to score a touchdown against Virginia (1-3, 1-0) en route to a 16-3 defeat.Virginia running back Mikell Simpson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Cavaliers.

Quarterback TJ Yates gets sacked in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 7 to 24 loss to Georgia Tech. DTH/Andrew Dye

UNC falls at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — No. 22 North Carolina couldn't break the streak.Despite missing two field goals, Georgia Tech (3-1, 0-1) came away with the win Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium and kept UNC (3-1, 0-1) winless in Atlanta since 1997, as the Yellow Jackets won 24-7.UNC, despite boasting the seventh-best run defense in the nation, couldn't stop Georgia Tech from racking up more than 300 yards on the ground, and Jonathan Dwyer topped 100 yards for the 11th time in his career.Josh Nesbitt went 6-10 with 78 yards passing and had a rushing touchdown..

Pirates sunk DTH/Jessey Dearing

Football: Yates and UNC offense click on all cylinders

Quarterback T.J. Yates had heard all the criticisms of No. 24 North Carolina’s offense.His receivers couldn’t catch. His rushers couldn’t find the creases. His offensive line couldn’t keep him upright. On Saturday, he finally got his rebuttal.“It was big for us. Kind of all week we’d been hearing some rumors of them saying some stuff in the media about this and that,” Yates said, referring to comments from East Carolina defenders.

Dion Guy (57) tackles UConn’s Jordan Todman in UNC’s 12-10 victory against the Huskies.

Football: UNC defense lives up to expectations at UConn

Last Saturday, Butch Davis said No. 24 North Carolina’s offense finally broke through a stout Connecticut defensive front because of how long the Husky defense was on Rentschler Field. At his weekly press conference Monday, Davis credited the defensive unit for giving quarterback T.J. Yates and the rest of the Tar Heel offense numerous chances to fatigue the Huskies’ defense.“The defense clearly played very well in that ball game. We were very fortunate. Some things defensively that significantly contributed to our ability to win the game was third downs,” Davis said.

UNC ekes past Connecticut, 12-10

There’s a reason why football games are four quarters.After being shutout for the first three, No. 19 North Carolina’s offense finally broke through in the game’s final quarter to rally to a 12-10 victory against the Connecticut Huskies.T.J. Yates completed 23 of 32 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, but the game was decided by a rare call on a UConn offensive lineman. UNC (2-0) was awarded a safety on a holding call in the end zone with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter when Huskies left tackle Dan Ryan held UNC defensive end Robert Quinn.

Volleyball looks to bench as team starts home play

Dry-erase markers squeaked across a whiteboard in the Smith Center as the North Carolina volleyball team prepared for its first home match of the season. Managers were tracking the action on the court, counting kills, errors and attempts by UNC hitters. When coach Joe Sagula brought the practice to a halt, the results were tabulated, and it wasn’t one of UNC’s leaders in kills that came out on top.

Junior linebacker Bruce Carter blocked three punts when North Carolina played Connecticut in 2008.

Bruce Carter forces special teams changes

Connecticut remembered this offseason just what North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter can do.A season after Carter blocked three punts in the Tar Heels’ 38-12 beatdown of the Huskies, UConn’s special teams completely revamped its punting formation into an elephant scheme to relieve some of the pressure.“It’s different from a traditional punt team where everybody is set in one area. It’s kind of like defending the goal line versus a spread-out shotgun formation,” Carter said.

Dwight Jones to miss first game

When No.  21 North Carolina opens the football season this Saturday against The Citadel, they will do it without wide receiver Dwight Jones. Jones will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday at UNC hospitals, and will not be available, according to the UNC Athletic Department. It will be determined after the surgery how much time Jones will miss.

Troy Douglas is one of three new assistant coaches. Joining Douglas are Art Kaufman and Allen Mogridge. DTH/Codey Johnston

Football: Trio of coaches making impact

One look at North Carolina’s depth chart, and three positions stand out for their returning experience: tight ends, defensive backs and linebackers.Yet all three of those positions will be coached by newcomers to Butch Davis’ football program.Art Kaufman, Troy Douglas and Allen Mogridge all joined the coaching staff this offseason.Kaufman, the linebackers coach, is particularly lucky in that UNC returns starters Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant, along with a host of depth behind them.

North Carolina opened training camp Aug. 6. DTH/Codey Johnston

Football: Filling holes in training camp

Carl Gaskins. Kevin Bryant. Aaron Stahl.Not exactly the trio of offensive players that fans and coaches of the North Carolina football team were worried about replacing this training camp.And while these three certainly don’t have the star power of departed wide receivers and NFL draftees Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster, their absence this season leaves the Tar Heels’ offensive line decidedly thin. That’s a problem at a position crucial to protecting quarterback T.J. Yates and opening up holes for UNC’s running backs.

Construction is being completed on the first phase of construction on Kenan Stadium. The new Kenan Football Center will be ready this fall.

Kenan Stadium offices renovated

When the UNC Department of Athletics hired Butch Davis as the next head coach of the football team it was the first step toward establishing North Carolina as a college football powerhouse.Now the first phase of the master plan to renovate Kenan Stadium to accommodate this program is nearing completion.