North Carolina Tar Heels Football

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    SEASON RECORD CONF BOWL OUTCOME FINAL RANKING
    2012 8-5 5-3 Gator Bowl W 45-26 UR
    2013 5-0 2-0
    2014
    2015
    2016

    Annual North Carolina Season Statistics
    RANKINGS 2012 2013[/U] 2014 2015 2016
    Overall Rating A- A-[/SIZE]
    Offense Rating B+ B+[/SIZE]
    Defensive Rating B+ B+[/SIZE]
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    2012 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule

    Week [/B] Opponent SCORE Player of the Game User[/B][/SIZE]
    1 vs. [​IMG] W 21-19 WR E. Highsmith: 7 Rec, 101 Yds, TD
    2 at [​IMG] W 24-17 QB B. Renner: 23-35, 251 Yds, TD
    3 at [​IMG]#23 L 28-35(OT) WR J. Boyd: 8 Rec, 136 Yds, TD LSUTRUTH
    4 vs. [​IMG]#5 L 14-20 QB B. Renner: 15-30, 192 Yds, 2TD
    5 BYE
    6 vs. [​IMG]#3 W 22-21 TE E. Ebron: 8 Rec, 130 Yds Hokie Effect
    7 at [​IMG]#25 L 32-49 WR E. Highsmith: 8 Rec, 257 Yds, 3TD
    8 at [​IMG] W 28-19 HB G. Bernard: 15 Car, 105 Yds
    9 vs [​IMG]#3 L 14-38 WR T. Thorpe: 5 Rec, 75 Yds The Parrothead
    10 vs. [​IMG] W 35-28 WR E. Highsmith: 4 Rec, 121 Yds, 2TD
    11 vs. [​IMG] W 21-14 WR E. Highsmith: 5 Rec, 80 Yds, TD
    12 at [​IMG]#1 L 20-34 WR T. Thorpe: 6 Rec, 104 Yds -Cougars-
    13 vs. [​IMG] W 24-17 QB M. Williams: 10-19, 152 Yds, 32 Yds Rushing, 3 Total TD bawvu97
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    BOWL vs. [​IMG] W 45-26 QB B. Renner: 23-35, 253 Yds, 3TD

     
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    NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
    2012-2013 RECRUITING CLASS
    # NAME [/COLOR][/COLOR]ACCOLADES POS. POS. RK HOMETOWN HT WT CALIBER PROJ. OVR[/FONT][/B][/SIZE]
    1 Ed Mitchell [​IMG] OLB #3 Evans, GA 5'11 225 LBS :4stars: 77 (+2) OVR
    2 Tim Barbour MLB #11 Tecumseh, MI 6'0 211 LBS :3stars: 74[​IMG](+5) OVR
    3 Phil Kiniry G #26 Eden, NC 6'3 298 LBS :3stars: 72 (+3) OVR
    4 Troy Hawk FS #41 Black Mountain, NC 6-2 201 LBS :3stars: 69[​IMG](+7) OVR
    5 Cedric Davis T #54 Winder, GA 6-4 298 LBS :3stars: 69 (+3) OVR
    6 Jason Gates MLB #10 Country Club Estates, GA 6'0 229 LBS :3stars: 68 (+2) OVR
    7 Joe Evans FS[/B] #24 Wellington, FL 6'1 181 LBS :3stars: 68 (+2) OVR[/COLOR][/COLOR]
    8 Fred Matthews CB #73 Manassas Park, VA 5'11 168 LBS :3stars: 67 (+2) OVR[/COLOR][/COLOR]
    9 Brian Thomas OLB #48 Warwick, RI 6'4 242 LBS :3stars: 64 (-2) OVR[/COLOR][/COLOR]
     
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    2012 Season Preview

    It's been a rough couple years for Tar Heel football faithful. In July of 2010, it was reported that the North Carolina football program was under investigation by the NCAA for involvement with sports agents, academic fraud, and inability to properly monitor their players off field actions. After the misconduct was found to be true, head coach and supposed savior to the program Butch Davis was promptly fired, the football program vacated all wins from 2008 and 2009 including bowl appearances, and placed the program on probation for three years. Interim coach Everett Withers did the best he could in his first year, taking the team to a winning record (7-5) even with all the scrutiny and difficulties to overcome after Butch Davis' tenure. But the North Carolina brass knew that Withers was not the future of Tar Heel football, and felt like they needed to re-brand the program with a new face to lead the team and put the past behind them. Enter coach Blonde Redhead, who left the San Jose State Spartan program after leading them to a winning season last year. Looking to bring a fiery attitude and smashmouth football back to Chapel Hill, Redhead was quite open about his opinions on what he wants to change about the Tar Heels.

    "This has been a team that, over the past few years, has had tremendous talent. NFL caliber talent. Yet since 2007 the team has been 9 games under .500. That shows me that this team needs to have a winning mentality, and a fire in their belly. This needs to be a team, not a bunch of athletically gifted guys thinking about their own shot at the NFL. I aim to bring that mentality and a winning mindset to Chapel Hill with me from San Jose, not just bringing in the best talent and to try and get the best recruiting class."

    Time will tell if Coach Redhead can turn things around for the Carolina squad, but if he could turn it around at San Jose State, who knows what will happen with North Carolina.

    Schedule
    Luckily for Coach Redhead, the Tar Heels out of conference schedule is somewhat easy, with home games against an FCS school, East Carolina, and Idaho. Their lone road game against a non-ACC opponent will be a trip to Kentucky to face the Louisville Cardinals, which should be a good early challenge for North Carolina. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, they only have one game to get all the kinks out before conference play starts with an early Week 2 ACC opener down the road in Winston-Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, which should be quite the early battle between these in-state universities. The North Carolina schedule is very top heavy, with the first 3 conference games being at Wake Forest, home for Virginia Tech, then at Miami the week after. If the Tar Heels can win 2 of those 3 games, they should be in good shape for a shot at the division title with Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Maryland rounding out the schedule.

    Coaching
    Coach Redhead will be bringing a multiple attack offensive system over from San Jose State with the Kansas State playbook. Featuring a wide array of shotgun formations, along with lots of ace, some pistol, heavy I formations, and even a wildcat cameo from time to time, the offense should be able to figure out some way to beat the defense, it's all a matter of if Coach Redhead can make the adjustments needed on the fly depending on what the defense is giving him. Speaking of defense, Coach Redhead has declared that he will not be using the 4-2-5 that the Tar Heels have been using for several years and switching back to a more traditional 4-3 look on defense. The Tar Heels already have the talent to run that defense, but could use some more depth for it. Within a couple seasons the defense should find its groove.

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    Offense: B+
    Quarterbacks: B
    Returning starter Bryn Renner displayed some real talent in his first season as the starter last year, throwing for over 3,000 yards with a 68.3% completion rate and a 2:1 TD/INT ratio. While still needing some room for improvement, Renner has shown he has the talent to be a great QB for the Tar Heels these next two years. Even though his arm strength isn't at an elite level, his accuracy is. Couple that with solid athleticism, size, and good decision making, and Renner has all the tools to lead the Tar Heels to a division title and a shot at an ACC Championship. In case of injury, UNC has a capable backup in (RS)FR Marquise Williams, who is almost identical to Renner in ability, size, and style of play, albeit nowhere near as accurate. But as a freshman, the coaching staff is looking forward to having Williams start a couple years down the road.

    Running Backs: A-
    Undisputedly the most talented player on the team is SO halfback Giovani Bernard, who ran for 1,253 yards with 13 TD and a 5.2 YPC. He also caught 45 balls out of the backfield, proving he is one of the top dual-threat halfbacks in college football. He is built like an ox at 5'10 205, with great lower body strength while still having top end speed and acceleration. Expect Bernard to be the real workhorse in the backfield, but also expect backup AJ Blue to get plenty of touches around the goal line with his 6'2 230 frame at halfback.

    Receivers/Tight Ends: B
    Without SR Eric Highsmith, this group would be a B- at best, but more likely a C+. Most of the receivers are underclassmen, and Highsmith will get plenty of opportunities to make a name for himself this year. His 6'3 height with great speed and acceleration gives him advantages all over the field, and he also has solid hands as well as being a great route runner. There is talent to be found elsewhere though, with SO TJ Thorpe having great speed, and SR Jheraine Boyd having good hands.

    Offensive Line: B-
    There is no one outstanding lineman on this team, but there is also no real weaknesses at any one spot either, with the entire group having roughly the same talent and capabilities. The line is very senior-laden, but SO center Russell Boone has a shot at being a great lineman by the time he graduates.

    Defense: B
    Defensive Line: B-
    DT Sylvester Williams looks to be a force with amazing strength and a 6'3 320 body to fill up the gaps inside and be a force against the run. The ends, though not NFL caliber players, will still be able to give the occasional pressure and sack, while still having the ability to help against the run. FR end Tyler Alberts, who won't get too much playing time this year, has a real shot to be the next great defensive lineman for the Tar Heels.

    Linebackers: B+
    Led by star MLB Kevin Reddick, this linebacking corps doesn't have one flat foot in the bunch, and quite a few of them can also lay down the wood as well as chase down backs and tight ends. True freshman OLB Shakeel Rashad is the touted defensive recruit for this class, but likely won't see the field too often. But SO Norkeithus Otis will get the chance to prove if he can turn into the linebacker they think he's going to be.

    Defensive Backs: B
    There isn't too much depth at cornerback, but SO Tim Scott will get a chance to prove if he can turn into a star this year, as he will be asked to cover the other team's best receiver week in and week out this year. JR free safety Tre Boston is the best DB on the team, and should lead the team in INTs and TKLs from the DB group. The only weakness in coverage for UNC is at SS, where DJ Dunn will be starting. He has speed, but is very raw and might get burned a few times this season.

    Special Teams: B-
    Both the punter and kicker are sophomores, and both have decent leg strength. They have time to get better though, and come a couple years from now they should be one of the top special teams squads in the conference.

    Overall: B+
    This team has talent where they need it most, at the skill positions. Yes, there are several guys that will be graduating and maybe heading to the NFL, but this team isn't necessarily built for this season, with their best offensive players coming back most likely for next year. The Tar Heels shouldn't expect to get blown out in any games this season, as they have the ability to put up a fight against even the toughest opponents they face.

    Season Outlook:
    Expectations aren't that high for the Tar Heels this year, with a new head coach and some tough NCAA violations to try and put in the rear view mirror. But with a somewhat easy schedule, the folks at Chapel Hill are at least expecting a run at an ACC Coastal title. This team is built for the future though, so anything better than last year's 7-5 record is a step in the right direction.

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    WEEK 1
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    Tar Heels escape with season-opening win in Chapel Hill

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    Well it came down to a couple of late 4th quarter defensive stops, but North Carolina got the job done against a weaker foe in East Carolina to start the season. The Pirates were able to move the ball very effectively through the air, especially in the first half, where they scored all 19 of their points, taking a 19-14 lead into the break. Where ECU only ran the ball 7 times in the game, it was quite the opposite for North Carolina, who used star HB Giovani Bernard was used mercilessly to pound the rock, and it was him who iced the game for the Tar Heels late in the 4th quarter with several huge first down runs. QB Bryn Renner was effective, and didn't turn the ball over on his way to 203 yards passing, including a beautiful 66 yard TD pass to WR Erik Highsmith on a play-action fake that got the safety to bite. Highsmith finished the day with 7 receptions for 134 yards, and the Tar Heels look to continue to build upon a pretty impressive offensive debut.

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    WEEK 2
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    Tar Heels survive yet another scare in road opener at Wake Forest, lose HB Bernard for a month
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    On the opening kickoff, HB Giovani Bernard went down with an abdominal strain, and is expected to miss up to a month of football. Enter backup AJ Blue, who rumbled bumbled and stumbled his way to 2 rushing TDs in Bernard's absence. Blue is the complete opposite of Bernard's tiny, quick style of running. Over 6 feet tall and well over 200 pounds, Blue won't dazzle you with jukes and outrun the defense for 80 yard scores, but he'll run you over and step on your facemask en route to the end zone. His short yardage reliability really allowed QB Bryn Renner to feel comfortable taking chances on deep balls and shots at the end zone, knowing that Blue would be able to convert a 3rd and short if need be.

    The UNC defense was solid yet again, not allowing Wake Forest to get points on the board until there were :14 left in the 3rd quarter. But give the Demon Deacons credit. After trailing 10-0 at half, and 17-7 early in the 4th after Blue's 2nd TD run, Wake Forest stormed back with 10 straight points and a couple of defensive stops. But after tying the game, they needed one more stop to send it to OT, and they couldn't quite hold down Bryn Renner and the Tar Heel offense. On a 2nd and short with about :40 left, Renner used the play action to perfection, and hit a streaking TJ Thorpe for a touchdown, not a defender in sight. Wake would quickly go 4-and-out, putting an end to their comeback and upset bid.

    The Tar Heels are off to a 2-0 start after beating two straight Carolina schools, but expect their upcoming trip to Oklahoma State to test how good this UNC team really is, especially without their best player to provide some help against the far more talented Cowboys.
     
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    WEEK 3
    Freshman Leads Way​

    UNC traveled to Stillwater this week with crazy anticipation for this game. With the Big 12 vs AA challenge at 1-1 this game would break the tie. The game would start with OKSU getting the ball first and Lunt would go right to work. After 2 Randle rushes Lunt would complete a strike to Anderson for 35 yards keeping the drive alive. Few plays later in the drive however OKSU would be forced to kick a 41 yard FG.
    3-0 OKSU

    UNC would start their drive from the 25 yard line however after picking up a quick first down QB Renner would be hurt for a small period of the game. His back up Williams would be sacked twice to end the drive and they would punt.

    OKSU would receive the punt and look to take advantage of it. However they would go 3 and out and Give the ball right back to UNC. UNC would go 3 and out as well as the defenses looked to set the tone early.

    OKSU would connect on a quick throw that turned into a 52 yard completion. On the next play OKSU would throw a ball into the flat and would connect with the FB who would walk into the endzone.
    10-0 OKSU

    After a 4 yard rush by UNC Renner would be pressured and would throw an interception to SS Gary who is a young SS for the Cowboys. That would lead to OKSU going on a nice drive getting inside the 5 yard line however the UNC defense held tough and forced them to kick a short FG of 25 yards
    13-0 OKSU

    With little time in the first half left UNC would go on a drive that would kick start their lifeless offense. Keyed by a few nice easy completions and some missed tackles by OKSU they would drive right down and score a touchdown making the score
    13-7 OKSU

    Lunt would make his lone mistake of the game as he forced a ball vs the blitz and that resulted in an interception by UNC and allowed for a good return. UNC again would complete an easy out route vs OKSU and his WR would walk in for the score to go into halftime up
    14-13 UNC

    Coming out of the half UNC looked to add to its 1 point lead. after 2 completions and a 5 yard rush SS Gary would again make his impact felt. This time another interception from the young SS as UNC targeted him from the start. As OKSU began to drive QB Lunt would scramble. On this scramble instead of sliding down at the 18 yard line he would try and fight for yards. This time he fumbled. Off the fumble UNC would convert a 50 yard completion then a 13 yard completion. This would lead to an 8 yard Rush in which OKSU (User would run right by the RB on a dive.
    21-13 UNC

    To start the series OKSU would take their shot. This time a wide open WR Moore would be running and Lunt would hit him in stride for a 71 yard strike. A speed option play would convert the 2 tieing the game
    21-21 Tie

    With their backs against the wall OKSU would have UNC in a 4th and 15. UNc would run a PA cross play with the slot WR coming wide open and Renner hitting him in stride. 3 plays later UNC would be pounding the ball for a TD.
    28-21 UNC

    Down 7 Lunt walks into the huddle. Calm and cool he states we are winning this thing guys lets go. After an incompletion on the first play Lunt would connect for 10 on the next then a 10 yard run by Randle an 8 yard run by Randle an 18 yard pass by Lunt A 9 yard pass an 18 yard completion a 0 yard rush would finish off the drive and tie the game
    28-28 Tie

    UNC now had 51 seconds to score and break the tie. Renner would go throw a corner route into double coverage. JR CB Stephens would be in the perfect position to make the play. OKSU had given so many chances to take the ball away and they just kept failing. This time they would intercept the ball. In FG range UNC choose to let OKSU score as Randle walked in from 35 yards out.
    35-28 OKSU

    UNC would attempt to score but would fail.

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    Randle - 15/49 - 2-40 TD
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    WEEK 4
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    NORTH CAROLINA UNABLE TO UPSET TOP 5 MICHIGAN STATE IN 20-14 LOSS

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    Don't even wanna talk about this one, should have had it in the bag. Renner threw a bad pick in the 4th that led to MSU taking the lead, and RB AJ Blue just couldn't get anything going. We still had one final shot with less than a minute to go, but failed on a 4th and long just past midfield with only a few seconds left.
     
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    WEEK 6
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    Tar Heels score major upset over Hokies thanks to Bernard TD with :29 left

    Both quarterbacks threw 3 interceptions, and both teams also lost a fumble in a sloppily played game that turned out to be a classic after Virginia Tech looked to win in a blowout early on. North Carolina only managed 4 yards rushing as a team, and were trailing the whole game, but somehow managed to come back and get the biggest upset of the year so far in the ACC.

    The first quarter was mostly defensive, with the only points coming on a FG from North Carolina with a few seconds left in the quarter. Virginia Tech would score two touchdowns in less than a minute though, thanks to an interception from UNC QB Bryn Renner. Up 14-3 early in the 2nd quarter, the Hokies had a chance to really put their foot on the Tar Heels throats, but just couldn't get their offense to keep up what they started the quarter with. UNC scored with a rushing TD from Giovanni Bernard in his first game back from injury with less than a minute to go in the half. Then Va Tech elected to try and push for a score before the half, instead of being satisfied with a 4 point lead going into halftime. This led to a quick 3-and-out, and North Carolina was able to push the ball into VT territory to kick a 51 yard FG as time expired, making it 14-13 Virginia Tech at halftime.

    The rest of the game was a defensive struggle, with both QBs forcing throws and unable to lead their team on touchdown drives. The only score in the 3rd quarter came on another UNC field goal, as the Tar Heels struggled all day scoring touchdowns in Virginia Tech territory. But regardless, the Tar Heels took a 16-14 lead into the 4th quarter thanks to their defense. But the defense gave up a long touchdown drive to the Hokies on their first possession of the 4th, giving them a 21-16 lead. After several back and forth defensive stops, the Hokies converted a 4th and 3 just outside of field goal range with time running out in what looked to be a game-sealing first down. Instead, the Tar Heels got a huge stop on defense thanks to yet another VT turnover, and turned the game around with a long drive that was capped with a TD run by Bernard with :29 left in the game. The Hokies would manage to get the ball to the UNC 35 with just seconds left, but without a kicker with a strong leg, they were forced to throw it into the end zone, where it was batted down, and Chapel Hill went wild for their Tar Heels, who have only lost to two teams, both in the top 10 right now.
     
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    WEEK 8
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    Tar Heels pull away late for win over Duke despite bad day for QBs
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