Today Is The Day…

Oh yeah, I’m ready. Kenan Stadium is ready. Are you?

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I’m a little more anxious about this matchup now. If Michigan can lose to a I-AA team in the Big House (albeit the 2-time defending champs), UNC is certainly not immune to an embarrassing upset.

This Tar Heel team is very, very unknown. With our talent and schedule, a 4-0 start is not implausible. Unfortunately, neither is 0-5. We have no way of knowing until tonight, which is why it should be so intriguing.

I’ll be in Kenan Stadium tonight for the game. I have to go. I can hear the band from my window.

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And Our Starting Quarterback Is…

T.J. Yates!

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North Carolina head coach Butch Davis has chosen Yates, the redshirt freshman from Marietta, Georgia to start at quarterback when the Tar Heels open the season against James Madison on September 1st, beating out Cam Sexton and Mike Paulus.

Yates is very much an unknown entity. He hasn’t played a down in college, and he didn’t play organized football until his senior year in high school. However, the decision didn’t surprise me. While the spring game is rarely indicative of future performance, he was clearly the QB most comfortable with the offense, making good passes and allowing for yardage after the catch. He’s been taking the lion’s share of snaps throughout training camp. And after the Cam Sexton/Joe Dailey tag team of last season, almost any QB change should be somewhat of an improvement. Unfortunately, the UNC offense will rely heavily on Yates as they don’t have much of a running game, which also means he’s going to take a lot of hits…oh, so many hits. But if he’s able to get the ball to the Heels’ many talented receivers, it could open the rest of the offense.

So, was throwing Yates into the fire a good choice? I’ll give you an answer on September 2nd. In the meantime, I wish him the best of luck; he’s going to need it.

Stay tuned for some thorough UNC season previews in the coming days. 

114 Days to Football Season…

Here’s a video of the Tar Heel Football team in happier times. in 2004, John Bunting was on the chopping block. The Tar Heels were 3-4, 2-2 in the ACC, and had just been annihilated by Utah on the road. Undefeated and #3 ranked Miami came to Chapel Hill on October 30, and on paper it looked like we were going to get steamrolled. But games aren’t played on paper…