‘Thorn in Side’ Ebron Pushes Coaches, Personal Limits
CHAPEL HILL– We’re two days out from another football game day in Chapel Hill. And with it, will be another chance at redemption for a Tar Heel squad still trying to put the puzzle pieces together, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Offensive Coordinator Blake Anderson says his boys have developed a nasty habit.
“You name it; we’ve done it, to be honest with you. We just have this habit right now of creating some self-inflicted wounds-penalty, busted assignment, some decision-making, and some missed reads. It plagued us the whole second half the other day,” Coach Anderson says.
Coach Anderson looked back on the film from last week’s contest, and he says the ground game still has a lot of issues stemming from miscommunication, and he says his running backs desperately need more reps.
“We still got some timing, decision-making, and continuity issues that are going to come with reps. We’re still not where we want to be. We need more reps. We really do,” Anderson says.
The Tar Heels were in a similar position last year at this point in the season, and Coach Anderson says he is doing his best to remind his team of that as they fight to regain traction in the ACC.
“We had made some similar mistakes. And I just reminded them we rallied from that. We got better every week and did some really good things offensively. We’re in virtually the same shape,” Coach Anderson says.
Coach Anderson says UNC tight end Eric Ebron is one of the best athletes he has ever coached in his over twenty years of experience, but Ebron says he is not satisfied with his play. He demands more.
“I can get even better. That’s my job. That’s my motivation. Things like that […] will help the team. It will relay down,” Ebron says.
Ebron says his childhood dream was always to become a firefighter, and maybe that’s why he carries so much passion with him on the football field?
He says that immense passion sometimes carries over into being “a thorn in the side” of the coaches. But Ebron says he doesn’t plan on changing that side of him anytime soon.
“It’s the only way to let them know I’m here. And I’m always going to be here. I’m not going anywhere. They got me for the rest of the year. […] I’m letting them know that I’m going to be a thorn in their side every day we have practice. Because situations like Saturday, I want the ball. And if you don’t give me the ball, I’m going to be even more of a pain in your side,” Ebron says.