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Saturday June 12th

Football



Hakeem Nicks junior wideout will have to shoulder an even heavier offensive load this weekend against Virgina. ?He?s been the one really solid consistent week-in and week-out player? coach Butch Davis said. ?You can always count on Hakeem to deliver this kind of performance.?

All eyes on Hakeem

Hakeem Nicks barely makes it out of the locker room Tuesday before a camera's in his face and he's being directed for a photo shoot. Nicks takes it all in stride — the light the flashes from the camera; he even manages to ask when and where the shots are running without breaking the photographer's rhythm. It's obvious the junior wideout welcomes the spotlight — which is good because it's going to be focused intensely on him for the rest of the season.

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Brandon Tate leaves the press conference at which he announced that he will miss the rest of the season.A senior" Tate holds the all-time NCAA record for kick return yards.Tate tallied 3523 yards with the Tar Heels.

Injury ends Tate's UNC career

Brandon Tate thought his knee might have been bruised. After taking a hit to his knee in the first quarter of Saturday's Notre Dame game" Tate went down hard and limped off the field. ""I thought it was just a bruise or something"" he said at a press conference Monday.

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Lucky breaks

North Carolina thought it had secured a last-second win. The then-No. 22 Tar Heels stormed the field in celebration.

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Two of a kind

A little after 3:30 p.m. Saturday a guy named Tate will jog out toward the end zone and wait for the opening kickoff. If it's sent his way he has the instincts and explosiveness to wind up in the other end zone before the play is over.

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Lowell Dyer started his first game this year at center. But he really wants to know which of his roommates is taping ?The Hills? at home.

Lowell Dyer is a PC - at least for now

Center Lowell Dyer started his first game of the year in UNC's 38-12 victory against Connecticut on Oct. 4. Dyer chatted with Assistant Sports Editor Daniel Price on Tuesday afternoon about The Hills BBQ and marine life — sort of.

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Kendric Burney and the Tar Heels? improved pass defense lead the nation with 12 interceptions. They recorded just 11 all of last season.

Heels lead nation in picks

A quick look at a college football statistics page during breakfast might shock some unsuspecting eaters enough to cough up their Lucky Charms. Here's a quick recap of what went through those people's minds. ""Let's see" who's leading the country in team interceptions? Wait" North Carolina's No. 1? Really?"" Believe it.

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Two explosive offenses could light up Kenan

Game and Time: Notre Dame at North Carolina. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. - Site: Kenan Stadium. - TV/Radio: TV coverage will be on ABC. Radio coverage will be provided by WCHL 1360 AM WRDU 106.1 FM. - Records: Notre Dame and North Carolina are both 4-1.

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Sophomore Shaun Draughn switched from safety to running back before training camp and has revitalized North Carolina?s ground game.

Draughn shows worth in back_¶ eld

Before the start of training camp Shaun Draughn had something to prove. He was a sophomore safety buried on the depth chart and it looked like he was headed for another year of thankless special teams play. Until he marched into head coach Butch Davis' office — high school highlight reel in hand — and asked to play running back.

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Davis living up to expectations

Credit Cameron Sexton with saving the Butch Davis bubble. Before last Saturday quarterback T.J. Yates' absence hung over North Carolina's season like a plague. With the starter out from a foot fracture for most of the season the Tar Heels' 2-1 record at the time looked like the farthest beyond .500 UNC might get this year.

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Linebacker Bruce Carter blocked three punts and had two tackles for loss against the Huskies. The third block was recovered for a touchdown.

UNC gets credit for 'big play defense'

During the week North Carolina coach Butch Davis noticed a small detail of Connecticut's punt protection he thought he could exploit. The Huskies' normal protector — the player who lines up directly behind the long snapper — was hurt leaving UConn. vulnerable to a strong rush.

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