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  1. Dru50

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    UNC Tar Heels - Dru50

    UNC starts 2009 season strong, winning vs Air Force 41-0

    Coach Dru came into the new season wanting to see his team send a message to the ACC, and they certainly delivered against a quality Air Force team. The Heels demonstrated a powerful, if not explosive, running game and a stingy defense. The running game picked up 240 yards and 2 TD's on 52 carries, led by S. Draugh (27 carries, 134 yards, 2 TD's) and R. Houston (19 carries, 102 yards). TJ Yates was effective in limited opportunities, throwing for 193 yards and 3 TD's/1 INT on 11-18 passing. He had what would have been a beautiful 2nd quarter TD dropped by a wide open receiver that would have helped his stats.

    The defense was the story in this game, however. Air Force could do nothing on offense, gaining 4 first downs, and 69 total yards. The play of the game was an intercepted option pitch by junior SS D. Searcy, which he would have taken to the house if not for an ankle tackle by the Air Force HB. No one player dominated on the defensive side of the ball, which Dru50 was happy with, since he preaches team defense and swarming to the ball.

    The good - Offense was efficient, defense was stout.
    The bad - Drops by WR's, the INT by Yates and lack of big plays by the defense.
    The ugly - Air Forces offense, it was simply overpowered.

    Up next - The first road test of the season vs UConn.
     
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    Tar Heels continue strong start, beating UConn 54-7

    Coach Dru was testing out some new plays on the road for this game (using the Run Balanced playbook) and while the score looked like a dominant offensive game, the coaches weren't entirely thrilled with the pace of the game. The running game was effective again, but not truly dominant until the 2nd half. Both S. Draughn and R. Houston had 26 carries and 2 TD's, and had 174 yards and 123 yards, respectively. There weren't many passes, but the ones that were thrown were effective enough to move the chains and also get a 2 minute drill TD to end the first half. TJ Yates was 7-12 for 97 yards and 2 TD's.

    The defense again was the key to the win. For the second consecutive week, they held the opponent to less than 100 total yards and 4 first downs. The score and yards would have been worse for UConn if not for a fluke TD pass on a lob pass that went 15 yards and went through the hands of a UNC defender on a jump ball with the WR. This play made up 58 of UConn's 98 total yards. The defense was led by MLB Q. Sturdivant, who was in the backfield all game, finishing with 6 TFL's.

    Up next - The Heels welcome in state opponent ECU to Chapel Hill.
     
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    UNC defense shows tough again, as the Heels beat ECU 35-2

    This should have been a shutout for the Heels defense. All that prevented it was a safety after and ECU punt at the 1 yard line in the 2nd quarter.

    The starting unit was strong, putting up 35 points in 2 1/2 quarters, with a mix of running and passing. The defense only gave up 55 yards and 3 first downs. TJ Yates was 10-15 for 175 yards and a TD and S. Draughn carried the ball 25 times for 149 yards and 3 scores. The only downside of the first string team was the pass blocking. Yates was sacked 4 times in 19 pass attempts, many on only 4 man rushes.

    The backups were not effective, especially the backup OL, which was manhandled by the ECU starting front. R. Houston carried the ball 20 times for 58 yards with the starting unit, and had no holes to run through.

    The good - The defense, they have been awesome for the first 3 weeks, but the real test starts next week vs Georgia Tech.

    The bad - The backup offense was ineffective at running the ball.

    The ugly - The starting OL in pass protection. 4 sacks against a sub-par defense won't cut it.

    Up next - The first ACC game of the season, vs current #14 Georgia Tech.
     
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    Tar Heels win big ACC road game at Georgia Tech 42-10

    Coach Dru came into this game with the knowledge that his team would be facing one of the top rushing offenses in the nation, and therefore it was decided that UNC would go against their early tendencies on offense. The game plan was to attack the Yellow Jackets via the pass and try and get some early stops in order to build a quick lead and force Georgia Tech to abandon the option. The game did not start according to Coach Dru's game plan however.

    UNC received the ball first, but quickly went three and out (although there was nearly a great catch on a deep sideline route that the receiver appeared to drop after running a couple of steps with the ball. Georgia Tech got the ball and proceeded to pound the ball down the vaunted UNC defense's throat on a combination of sweeps, options and QB keeper runs. The UNC defense made a stand inside the 10 yard line, getting two stops on first and second down to force a 3rd and goal from the 8 yard line. Georgia Tech QB Josh Nesbitt was then intercepted in the end zone trying to force a comeback route pass into double coverage.

    UNC took advantage of the turnover, coming out the next drive largely in shotgun and passing the ball. Georgia Tech attempted to match this with their base defensive 4-3 package for much of the drive with little success. QB Yates was able to lead the team down the field for a quick TD and a 7-0 lead.

    On the following drive, Georgia Tech again pounded the ball down the field with ease, mixing in a couple nice play action passes, and capped off an easy TD drive with a 28 yard TD run by Nesbitt, tieing the game at 7.

    In the second quarter, UNC got the ball with approximately 4 minutes to go in the half and decided to try and run some clock in order to prevent the Yellow Jackets from having enough time to rush the ball for a drive to end the half. UNC was able to mix runs and passes and eventually cap the drive with a TD with about 1:45 left in the half to take a 21-10 lead. This strategy would eventually turn the game.

    Georgia Tech got the ball back and came out looking to throw the ball in an effort to move down the field and get a late score. Two incompletions were followed by an INT by Nesbitt which would be returned for a TD by UNC LB Bruce Carter. On the next Georgia Tech drive, Nesbitt would again be intercepted, giving UNC good field position at midfield with 30 seconds to play and 3 timeouts. Tyler Yates would be able to lead the team down the field and hit WR Greg Little for about a 20 yard TD on a seam route to close the half with a 28-10 lead.

    The second half was dominated by the UNC defense and running game. Georgia Tech was unable to mount any scoring drives and the UNC line and backs were able to chew up the clock and put two scores on the board to put the game away.

    Good game by the Yellow Jackets, especially in the first half. If Kenny hadn't tried to get a quick score to end the first half I think this game would have been tight to the end. I was completely unable to stop his running game consistently and the interceptions really forced him to abandon his initial offensive game plan I believe.

    Up next - A match up with ACC foe Virginia.
     
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    UNC overcomes slow start to beat rival Virginia 52-21

    UNC came out obviously still feeling good about their win at Georgia Tech the prior week, because they were not into this game in the first quarter. Virginia started out hot, driving straight down the field for an early TD on the opening possession. UNC would then follow with bad OL play on 3 straight plays, 2 plays for 3 yards rushing and then an INT on a pass by Yates when hit by the DL. The UNC defense was able to get a pick late in the quarter and get the ball back to the offense, who scored a TD with :42 left in the quarter to tie the score. Virginia came back after a 3 and out and picked off Yates a second time, and 4 plays later they had a 7 point lead. Coach Dru lit into the team during the TV break and woke the guys up. A long kickoff return led to a 1 play TD drive (pass to FB Anthony Elzy against an all out blitz). The UNC defense would then shut down the Virginia offense for the remainder of the half and Yates played the best quarter of possibly his entire career, throwing 4 TD's. The halftime score was 42-14 and the game was over. The second half saw a lot of running and more good defense from the Heels.

    Up next - The Louisville Cardinals come to Chapel Hill.
     
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    UNC wins vs Louisville 38-7

    In the final tune up for a brutal stretch run of games coming up after the bye, the Heels started out slowly in the first quarter with sloppy play from the offensive line hampering the passing and running game. After 1 quarter the score was tied at zero. The second quarter saw an injury happen to starting HB Draughn (out for the game) who had 6 carries for 22 yards to that point. The game turned when backup Ryan Houston came in to replace him. Houston lived up to the UNC battering ram mascot, bulling the Louisville defense for 161 yards on 30 carries during 2 and a half quarters of play, including 2 rushing TD's. TJ Yates continued to flash inconsistency and big play ability. He had 15 completions on 27 attempts, but had 271 yards and 3 TD's on those 15 completions. He had a pick in the second quarter that led to the only Louisville TD of the game. The UNC defense continued to be stout, holding the Cardinals to 5 first downs and 176 yards of total offense. The defense was led by lineman M. Austin and R. Quinn, who had a sack each and C. Brown who picked up an INT (giving him 4 on the young season).

    Up next - Bye week, followed by a match with conference foe Florida State.
     
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    Not looking forward to playing that defense Marvin Austin, Zach Brown and Quan Sturdivant
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much, you have a hell of an defense there at Virginia Tech.
     
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    TJ Yates throws 7 INT's, Heels lose to FSU 35-28

    This game was meant to be a proving ground for a young UNC team against traditional ACC power Florida State. Instead all this game showed is that the Tar Heel offense wasn't ready for the bright lights and a good defense. TJ Yates threw 6 INT's in the first half of the game, including one that was returned for a TD by FSU CB P. Robinson. The Heels went into halftime down 21-0 and with little hope that things would improve.

    The only silver lining from this game, however, was that the team followed Coach Dru's halftime admonition and didn't quit. Yates came out and lead the team on 4 TD drives (however he also threw a 7th INT that was returned for a TD by N. Moody), but fell short of an epic comeback by one score. Coach Dru admitted that FSU badly outplayed his team on the day and that the score was likely only as close as it was because FSU played conservative in the second half.

    Player of the Game - really no one, but MLB Q. Sturdivant had 11 tackles, 4 TFL's and an INT.

    Up Next - A trip to Blacksberg to face Virginia Tech.
     
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    UNC get's back on track with road win at VT 31-21

    The Tar Heels travelled to Blacksburg needing a big win to get the drubbing put on them by FSU out of their minds. The team played a balanced, mistake free game, in stark contrast to last weeks interception fest.

    TJ Yates led the offense going 17-19 for 262 yards and a TD and was assisted by a running game by committee which gaines 103 yards and 3 TD's on 26 carries.

    The Heels unveiled a 3-3-5 defensive look which the coaches hoped would generate additional pressure and cause mistakes by opposing offenses. While VT would only turn over the ball once (a last second INT to seal the game), their option offense was able to control the chains and keep them in good position. Half of the Heels 6 sacks came on the final VT drive when they were down by 10 with less than a minute to play, so the 6 sacks by the defense are a bit misleading. The coaches feel there is still work to do on the defensive side of the ball.

    Player of the game - TJ Yates

    Up next - Rival Duke comes to Chapel Hill.
     
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    TJ Yates struggles again as Miami wins in Chapel Hill 23-21

    TJ Yates cost his team for a second game this season and cost the Tar Heels a chance at the ACC crown. He threw 3 INT's in this game, 2 on throws 10-15 yards past his WR and another on a slant thrown well behind an open Greg Little. He could have thrown 3 more if Miami defenders hadn't run into each other in an effort to catch the overthrows. The running game was ineffectual again and the offensive line couldn't stand up to the Miami 3-4 defensive pressure.

    Yates has now thrown 10 INT's in two games vs perennial ACC powers Miami and FSU and Coach Dru said after the game he'd seen enough. RS freshman QB Braden Hanson will lead the team the remainder of the season and the coaches have told Yates he may want to look into transferring to a division I-AA school since he will not see the field again at UNC.

    The coaching staff is also not pleased with the blocking on the offensive line (which has been offensive, even in CPU games) and is not impressed with the running of starting HB S. Draughn, who seems to go down far to easily for a power back. Coach Dru said that all positions outside of WR/TE/FB will be up for grabs the remainder of the season to see who really wants to play.

    Up next - UNC travels to Boston College

    Seriously, I don't think I've despised a player in this game more than Yates. He is awful, horrible, putrid.
     
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    UNC benches Yates/Draughn for remainder of season, UNC beats BC 41-21

    The story in the week leading up to this game was Coach Dru's decision to bench his starting QB and HB for the rest of the year due to ineffective play vs FSU and Miami. TJ Yates single handedly cost his team chances at victory in both games with 10 combined INT's. The reins were handed to RS freshman Brandon Hansen and RS sophomore Ryan Houston. They both played better than expected, with Hanson throwing for 339 yards and 2 scores and Houston adding 113 yards and 3 TD rushing.

    Heels spoil rival Wolfpack's undefeated season 45-7

    In perhaps the most shocking score of the season, freshman QB Hanson led his team to a second consecutive victory in dominating fashion vs the Wolfpack. Hanson was 16-19 for 274 yards and 3 TD on the game and Ryan Houston added 110 yards and 2 TD rushing. The defense was able to get several key 3rd down stops in the first half enabling the offense to build a 24 point lead at halftime which NC State could not recover from. The downside of the game was that WR Greg Little was lost in the 4th quarter to injury and will miss the remainder of the year.

    The win vaulted the Heels into the top 10 and a BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl vs Big 12 opponent Nebraska.

    UNC continues late season surprises, beating #5 Nebraska in Sugar Bowl 38-21

    In a game that saw several injuries to key players on the Heels, QB Brandon Hansen continued his stellar play. Hansen hit several big pass plays in the first half to build a 24-7 lead and the Heels held off a furious late game run by the Huskers to get the BCS bowl win for the ACC. Hansen finished with 224 yards and 3 TD. Junior MLB Quan Sturdivant led a great defensive effort by the Heels, including an awesome 4th quarter INT return for TD of 62 yards. Sturdivant also had 10 tackles, a TFL and 2 pass deflections.
     
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    Post-season outlook

    Coach Dru had been asked by the national media before the season started to give his expectations for his team in 2009. A local Chapel Hill writer asked after the big bowl game win if he and Coach Dru could revisit those expecations at season end.

    What are your goals and expectations for Season 1?
    1 - Win the ACC Coastal.
    2 - Have a winning record vs our rivals. We get Virginia and Duke at home and finish up with a road test at NC State.
    3 - Win the ACC and earn the BCS automatic bid.
    4 - Win the National Title.

    The last one is a bit of a stretch, but if you don't shoot for the stars what's the point, right?

    We missed out on 3 of the 4 goals, due mainly to turnover struggles in our games vs FSU and Miami. I am pleased however that we went 3-0 vs our rivals, including ruining NC State's undefeated season bid.

    Who are your key offensive players? What type of offense do you plan on running?
    Our team is ridiculously young, with only two senior starters on offense, LT Kyle Jolley and C Lowell Dyer. While that youth may cause mistakes, there is one important place where we have some experience. At QB, TJ Yates returns for his redshirt junior season and hopes to build on a solid end to 2008 with a good 2009 campaign. The QB of the future is sophomore Mike Paulus, who will redshirt in 2009. The team will run a balanced offense to take advantage of the varied skill position talent. The running game will be paced by junior Shaun Draughn and sophomore Ryan Houston (who is a beast at 6'2" and 250 lbs, he may move to FB next season) and will be helped by do-everything FB Anthony Elzy (who is small for a FB at 205 lbs but will be a weapon in the passing game). The wide receiving corp is looking to prove itself and is led by junior Greg Little.

    We were hurt at times by our youth, but where we were really hurt was in our inconsistent QB play in some big games. TJ has done some good things for this team, but we wish him well in his future endeavors. Throwing 10 INT's in 2 games vs FSU and Miami will not be tolerated. HB Draughn has told coaches he likely will test the pro waters after being benched in week 12. For being a power back, he simply did not break tackles or move the pile enough to keep the job. Greg Little and our WR corp was big for us all season, and hopefully Little will return for his senior year to lead the team to the top. Elzy was the x-factor in several games, as the offensive coaches became very adept at picking the right times to sneak him out of the backfield for big pass plays (about 2 times per game).

    Who are your key defensive players? What type of defense do you plan on running?
    UNC's defense is solid, but not quite as young as the offense. With the exception of MLB, there is quality depth behind all the seniors. The key players will be sophomore DE Robert Quinn, junior DT Marvin Austin and junior MLB Quan Sturdivant. UNC's coach expects to run a fairly vanilla 4-3 defense.

    UNC bounced between a 4-3 and 3-3-5 during the year, since the DL was not able to generate the pass rush the coaches hoped for. All in all, the defense played well, and got enough big plays to keep the team in nearly every game (even in the FSU and Miami losses). The coaches think there is a decent chance all the underclassmen will return.

    What position(s) do you plan to recruit the hardest for in Season 1?
    With only 10 seniors, there isn't alot of room on the roster, but MLB will definitely be a priority, with only two on the team and one graduating. Beyond that, UNC's coaches will simply be looking to pick up the best players available that want to come to UNC regardless of position.

    So far on the recruiting trail, no big name recruits have been signed by the Heels, but the coaches are convinced they have found some diamonds in the rough. It's looking like the team will fill the major slots in need positions (such as FS and SS) this year, and next year will be huge for recruiting as there will be 15 open positions to fill.

    What game do you have marked on your calendar with a big red circle (will be using stock schedules, but replacing FCS schools)?
    With no real out of conference tests, the opening ACC Coastal matchup with KennyLSU's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looms large. This will be a huge road test early on and will tell a lot about the toughness of the Heels, especially the defense, which will have a major task in slowing down the triple option. Luckily, the game vs Florida State comes at home and after a bye. Then comes the next big ACC Coastal hurdle with a home date vs Miami in week 11. Wrapping up the seson is a road test at rival NC State.

    As mentioned before, the losses against FSU and Miami stung, but Coach Dru was very pleased with the overall record, considering that the team went 11-2 with 6 of those games being user vs user games (4-2 record in those contests). That is more user games than any other player this year, by 2 games I believe. The experience at playing so many human opponents will be valuable going into 2010.
     

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