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The Tar Heels have been led by the gritty, determined play of junior signal caller Marquise Williams, who was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the fourth time this season Monday.
But according to Wolfpack defender Hakim Jones, Williams is a softy who “basically quits” when hit a few times.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora says he doesn’t think it’s wise to question his quarterback’s toughness.
“I wouldn’t question Marquise’s toughness. You have seen all of our games. You’ve seen how he gets hit and what he does. I haven’t looked at a game and thought he laid down for any reason,” Coach Fedora says.
If he got his way, Coach Fedora says he’d like Williams to go down to the ground a little quicker. But the Carolina skipper says that’s not even an option for the tough-natured Williams.
“I would like for him to go down more than he does, a whole lot more. But that’s not who he is. It’s not his makeup or in his DNA. He likes delivering blows,” Coach Fedora says.
There will certainly be plenty of heavy blows delivered Saturday afternoon in this rivalry matchup featuring two teams who don’t like each other.
Jones calling out Williams may be foolish, but it definitely throws more fuel on the fire of this intense rivalry that N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren says is fun to be a part of.
“It’s a great rivalry. The distance between the schools makes it special. They’re always heated and a lot of pageantry goes into them. I love everything about it. It’s a big challenge for our football team. Any time you’re in a game like this as a coach, it’s a pleasure,” Coach Doeren says.
Per usual, Coach Fedora turned the UNC locker room red last weekend. He says his interior decorating is partly motivational and partly just for fun.
“We like to have a good time. Whether that’s juvenile or not, the kids have fun with it. I don’t think it’s what motivates them to play the game. It’s kind of a joke, but they’ve had fun with it in the past,” Coach Fedora says.
The Wolfpack offense has found its feet this season in large part thanks to the play of Florida transfer quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Coach Fedora says Brissett will make life difficult for the Tar Heel defense.
“That guy is really talented. He can beat you with his legs or beat you with his arms. He’s going to extend plays. He’s a special players, there’s no doubt,” Coach Fedora says.
The key to the game may come down to the running game. The team that has held the rushing advantage has won 19 of the last 22 meetings.
Luckily for the Tar Heels, running back T.J. Logan is running with ruthless intention at just the right time. His revitalization mimics the upward trajectory of the entire UNC team.
Senior linebacker Norkeithus Otis says his teammates have grown in confidence.
“We just keep working and believing in each other. We find ways to win games and keep fighting. A lot of the confidence has come up in all the guys,” Otis says.
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with the Wolfpack, 65-32-6, and have never lost under the direction of Coach Fedora.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heels-try-tame-wolfpack-home-finale/
The 6-5 UNC football team follows up an emotional Thursday night win over Duke with another big-time rivalry game this Saturday to finish out the regular season. UNC head coach Larry Fedora, as always, is quick to remind his team that it’s N.C. State week.
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Carolina’s postgame spray-painting celebrations last week caused significant damage to the Duke locker rooms and practice facilities. UNC will be footing the bill for at least $10,000 worth of repairs.
Coach Fedora says he gave Duke head coach David Cutcliffe a call Friday morning to offer an apology.
“I was made aware of it on Friday and called David [Cutcliffe] to apologize. Obviously, the celebration got out of hand. I wish it wouldn’t have, but it did,” Coach Fedora says.
But for now, the Victory Bell chimes have grown quiet. The Tar Heels have turned their attention to another in-state foe – the Wolfpack of N.C. State.
UNC will be striving to make it three straight victories over its rival in red Saturday afternoon inside Kenan Stadium and remarkably, given the 2-4 start, be playing to finish with a 7-5 regular season record.
Yet again, much like last season, the Tar Heels have turned the corner and saved their best stuff for the second half of the season.
Coach Fedora credits the coaching staff and the leadership of the seniors for keeping the team together during the four-game losing streak.
“A lot like last year, I think our coaching staff did a tremendous job of keeping these guys together. There was never any finger pointing or any guys blaming anybody. Our seniors did a really good job of staying together and keeping our team together. Basically, we just kept playing and eventually started making some plays,” Coach Fedora says.
What specific unit does the Carolina skipper attribute this year’s turnaround to? He says it all starts and ends with the play of the big guys up front.
“We’re much better up front on the offensive line than we were at the beginning of the year. When we’ve had our five healthy guys out there, we’ve moved the ball pretty consistently. I think our D-line is also growing up and starting to play better. If we can continue that way, we’ll be a really good football team,” Coach Fedora says.
The junior leader of the young offensive line, Landon Turner, has largely been overlooked, but has been a sturdy anchor for the Tar Heels all season. Coach Fedora says Turner’s consistency and impactful leadership abilities have not been lost on him.
“Landon Turner is the leader of that group. He’s been the most consistent all the way through and since he’s got back from injury, he’s got better and better every week. […] He moves people at will,” Coach Fedora says.
As has grown custom for the UNC football program under the Larry Fedora regime, the football coach did a little interior designing in the UNC locker room over the weekend in preparation for N.C. State week. Red was the dominant color scheme.
Motivational tactics aside, Coach Fedora says above all, this regular season finale will be for the seniors.
“This team is excited and anxious to get back on the field, especially for this next one which will be our last home game – an opportunity for our seniors to go out in this stadium the right way. Our guys will do a great job in preparation this week and hopefully, we will do that,” Coach Fedora says.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/fedora-tar-heels-look-send-seniors-top/
UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham and head football coach Larry Fedora have officially apologized to Duke University after the Tar Heel football team did at least $10,000 worth of damage to Duke’s visiting locker room after Thursday night’s football game.
The Tar Heels won that game 45-20, and as per tradition, they got to spray-paint the Victory Bell with the team colors. But the players reportedly took the spray paint with them into the locker room – and proceeded to spray paint the walls and carpets as well.
UNC officials have said they’ll pay for repairs; estimates of the damage have run as high as $25,000.
Fedora and Cunningham issued an official statement of apology which reads:
“We would like to apologize to the Duke Football program and Duke University for some inappropriate actions after last Thursday night’s game in Durham. Our team took the celebration too far when they were painting the bell, resulting in damage to some of the facilities at Duke. We take full responsibility for our actions and will be paying for all costs associated with the cleanup. We view this as a rivalry built on mutual respect and we expect our players to behave better in a way that is more befitting of the rivalry.”
Larry Fedora also reportedly called Duke head coach David Cutcliffe to apologize personally.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-apologizes-damaging-duke-locker-room/
The North Carolina football team dashed out to a commanding 28-7 halftime lead and went on to beat rival Duke 45-20 Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium to improve to 6-5 on the season and in the process, gain bowl eligibility.
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With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 8-3 on the season and handed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets the ACC Coastal division crown and a spot in the ACC Championship game opposite Florida State.
Marquise Williams threw for 374 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Tar Heel offense to a torrid start, and despite a few hiccups in the second quarter that could have broken the game open further, turned in an impressive performance that the careless Blue Devils were unable to match.
In an encouraging sign, for the first time this season, the Tar Heels had a running back eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game. It was T.J. Logan who earned the distinction with 117 yards and a touchdown.
“I think we finally put together a complete game in all three phases – offensively, defensively and special teams. Other than the three turnovers we had offensively, it couldn’t have been a more solid game for us,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora says.
In a surprising twist, the much-maligned Tar Heel defense rose to the occasion, coming up with big stops after the offensive miscues in the second quarter that gave Duke a chance to hang around in the game.
“It was huge. For the defense to go out there in those situations and hold them to no points after those three fumbles, that was big. And that gave a shot of adrenaline to the entire team,” Coach Fedora says.
Duke’s signal caller Anthony Boone tossed two touchdowns and threw for 262 yards, but he was sacked three times and gave away an interception.
“I don’t know if there are words that fit how you feel. I told the team after the game, I said ‘First thing I don’t want you to forget is all this winning that has led us to a Thursday night opportunity on national television playing your arch rival. Obviously it was a disaster from our standpoint,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe says.
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On Duke’s first drive, UNC linebacker Jeff Schoettmer recovered a fumble. It got the Tar Heels rolling.
From there, the offense raced ahead. A 3-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Switzer got UNC on the scoreboard first, and then the defense pitched in again with a 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown by senior safety Tim Scott.
At the end of the first quarter, the Tar Heels had claimed a 21-7 lead over the Blue Devils. Duke got on the board with a 10-yard touchdown heave by Boone into the arms of Isaac Blakeney.
But that was the home team’s only score of the half to the dismay of the crowd. As for UNC, it added seven more points to its ledger thanks to a 1-yard Williams keeper into the end zone with 13:02 on the second quarter clock.
On the critical second half opening drive, the Blue Devils turned the ball over when Boone tossed an interception to MJ Stewart.
The Tar Heels took advantage immediately with an impressive offensive possession that ended with a one-yard touchdown by TJ Logan with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Everything was going right for the Tar Heels. A season-long 30-yard field goal make by Thomas Moore to push the lead up to 38-7 with 6:23 in the third quarter, confirmed that. It was that kind of night.
UNC coasted from there, gliding to the rivalry win that earned them back the coveted Victory Bell after a two-year hiatus.
Next up for the Tar Heels comes a season-ending in-state matchup with the N.C. State Wolfpack next Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The North Carolina football team, 5-5 on the season, meets 8-2 rival Duke Thursday night in front of a nationally-televised audience at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Battle for the Bell kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
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With the short week, UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the Tar Heels have had to adjust everything about their preparation.
“It’s not normal. The whole week is different for you. The players have to do a great job of staying in the moment and make sure they have adjusted their minds to what day of practice it is. It’s a different situation for them,” Coach Fedora says.
Duke is coming off a disappointing 17-16 home loss to Coastal division foe Virginia Tech, but still controls its own destiny in the race to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
The hungry Tar Heels, coming off a 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh, would like nothing more than to knock their bitter rivals off their desired path to the Queen City.
But UNC junior linebacker Shakeel Rashad says the Tar Heels will be up against it with the efficient Duke attack bolstered by a rock-solid offensive line.
“They’re very efficient. They don’t really make mistakes. Their offensive line really works well together. They’ve got some great players at quarterback and receiver. They’re spread out all over the field, and they’ve got a lot of people who can make big plays on the offensive line that allows them to do it,” Rashad says.
Coach Fedora says it’s Duke’s speedy wide receiver Jamison Crowder that gives him the most cause for concern.
Crowder has 5,197 career all-purpose yards and recently became only the 11th player in ACC football history to reach the 5,000 yard plateau.
“That guy [Crowder] can do it all. He’s got great speed and catches the ball really well. They use him in the return game, too. He’s a special player. Watching him for three years, he’s a dang-good player,” Coach Fedora says.
Blue Devil head coach David Cucliffe says preparing for Coach Fedora’s up-tempo and high-powered offense in just a few days has been a stern challenge.
“I have the upmost respect for what they [UNC] do. They do it extremely well. Coach Fedora is one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. I’ve followed his career all the way back, whether it was Florida, Middle Tennessee or Oklahoma State. He’s been on the cutting edge. They present a lot of problems. There’s no question they’re difficult to get ready for in just a few days,” Coach Cutcliffe says.
There will be an intriguing position battle in the contest with dynamic signal caller Marquise Williams going up against the much-improved Duke quarterback Anthony Boone.
Boone had a rough outing against the Hokies last weekend, but says he’s confident his team will take better care of the football against the Tar Heels.
“It’s not really a huge concern. We’ve had pretty good success as far as not turning the ball over and creating explosive plays. We’ve just got to go out there and be who we are and not try to speed it up too much or worry about what they’re doing. We’ve just got to go out there and execute our offense,” Boone says.
UNC’s Rashad says not having the Victory Bell out at practice the past couple seasons has been painful and has only fueled his teammates’ ambitions to reclaim the prize.
“It’s something that’s really important around here. This game means a lot to a lot of people. It means a lot to us. I remember my freshman year; we had the Bell out here at practice that week. So not seeing it out here the last couple years, you’re reminded of it,” Rashad says.
On the gridiron, UNC holds a 58-38-4 advantage in the all-time head-to-head series between the two schools.
The 101st meeting promises to be a compelling one, but the underdog Tar Heels will certainly need to put together a complete four quarters of clean, disciplined football to recapture the Victory Bell in enemy territory Thursday night.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heels-blue-devils-battle-bell/
The 5-5 UNC football team has seen its fair share of adversity in a season that once again, hasn’t met expectations.
But through it all, the Tar Heels have continued to display a fighting spirit that filters down from two of their leaders – head coach Larry Fedora and signal caller Marquise Williams.
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Coach Fedora says he has the utmost confidence in his players to keep battling, even in the crucible of a fourth quarter deficit.
“Our guys don’t panic. They really don’t. After the Georgia Tech game, it was the same situation. You looked at them and nobody was in a bog hurry or worried. They just played,” Coach Fedora says.
The unflappable Tar Heels have trailed in almost every game this season and have surrendered an ACC worst number of points to opposing teams, but somehow, some way, Carolina remains at a respectable 5-5 mark on the season.
Heart isn’t always easy to measure in an athlete, but Coach Fedora and for that matter, any other UNC football observer must wonder if junior quarterback Marquise Williams has an extra heart beating inside his chest somewhere.
Williams, the ACC Offensive Back of the Week yet again, has led the Tar Heels to final drive victories now in two huge home contests.
Thrilling victories against 9-2 Georgia Tech and 4-6 Pittsburgh have kept UNC’s bowl hopes alive, and the MVP of both of those games was no doubt Williams.
Williams says he’ll do anything, including sacrificing his body against big, bruising linebackers, in order to secure victory for his teammates.
“Me one-on-one with the linebacker – I like my chances. I felt confident. I feel like no one man is going to bring me down. That’s how I think when I run the football. I wanted to put the team on my back and let them know, ‘Hey, I’m in this for ya’ll,’” Williams says.
Another example of perseverance for the Tar Heels comes in the form of wide receiver Quinshad Davis. Davis has battled injuries all season, but came up with a few key grabs in the Pitt game last weekend.
Coach Fedora says he never has to worry about Davis on Saturdays.
“For Quinshad [Davis], anytime you go to him, he’s going to make a play. He’s fighting, scratching and clawing just trying to get in that end zone. He’s always going to come through,” Coach Fedora says.
Maybe Coach Fedora could learn a thing or two from Williams on how to stay calm on the sidelines? The Carolina skipper says his quarterback is always under control these days.
“I get a lot more frustrated than he does. He stays pretty calm and collected. He’s busy encouraging guys, talking things through and talking to the O-line and the receivers. You don’t see a whole lot of frustration on his part,” Coach Fedora says.
The finish line is in sight now. With two rivalry games against Duke this Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium and a home tilt against the Wolfpack the following Saturday, UNC will surely be hungry to put an exclamation point on 2014 and secure a spot in the postseason.
But Coach Fedora says the Tar Heels don’t care who their opponents are coming up and says the team isn’t talking bowl scenarios just yet.
“I’ll be honest; we haven’t even talked about a bowl game. I don’t have any doubt that our team is going to prepare and be ready to play on Thursday. I believe that and don’t worry about that. We plan on being in a bowl game, but I don’t know if it matters who we play,” Coach Fedora says.
The fighting, comeback Tar Heels will certainly need plenty of perseverance Thursday night when they head into enemy territory looking to bring the Victory Bell back to Chapel Hill.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/larry-fedora-marquise-williams-eyeing-strong-finish/
The North Carolina football team rallied past Pittsburgh 40-35 Saturday afternoon thanks to a four-touchdown performance from quarterback Marquise Williams that electrified the Kenan Stadium crowd and evened the Tar Heels’ record at 5-5 overall and 3-3 in ACC play.
With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 4-6 on the year and 2-4 in conference play.
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Williams’ key fourth-down conversion kept the final drive alive for the Tar Heels and allowed for T.J. Logan to punch the ball in the end zone for the go-ahead score with 50 ticks remaining on the clock.
The win was absolutely vital for Carolina’s postseason chances. UNC head coach Fedora says he was happy with the perseverance of his team Saturday afternoon.
“We had a lot of guys who were very resilient and persevered when things didn’t look good. We were really positive all the time on the sideline with each other. No matter what mistakes were made, there was a lot of encouragement. They just kept playing. We talked about it during the week […] that if we stay together, we’ll be all right. We found a way to get the win,” Coach Fedora says.
In total, Williams tallied 276 yards and one touchdown through the air and racked up 122 yards on the ground with three scores. Logan led all UNC running backs with 92 yards and a touchdown that sealed the victory.
Pitt’s prolific running back James Conner didn’t disappoint. The sophomore churned out 220 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Panther offensive attack.
The Panthers shot out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of Conner touchdown runs, one for 56 yards and another from 16 yards out.
From there, the Tar Heels answered. A 23-yard dash on a keeper by Williams cut the deficit down to 14-7 with 12:03 on the second quarter clock.
But Pitt responded right back with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Chad Voytik to Tyler Boyd to extend their edge out to 21-7 with 6:57 left in the half.
A late scoring drive that served as the longest of UNC’s season, ended with a 2-yard touchdown by Williams around the end. But a failed two-point conversion attempt had the halftime scoreboard reading 21-13 in favor of the visitors from Pittsburgh.
In the second half, a 63-yard connection from Williams to Switzer narrowed the gap to a mere two points with 13:48 in the third quarter.
The Tar Heels got things clicking on offense, finding rhythm and distributing the ball effectively in a typically up-tempo manner.
But with 3:33 left in the game, Conner dashed into the end zone for his fourth score and gave his Panthers the 35-34 edge.
As it turns out, there was far too much time on the clock. UNC answered the bell with a gutsy drive that included a fourth down conversion from Williams and ultimately ended with the game-winning Logan rushing touchdown that sealed the 40-35 win.
Star signal caller Williams says he had no doubts about his ability to come up with the goods in his team’s final drive.
“If a team goes down to score and we have maybe three minutes to go, I go down to the right far end zone, stand by myself and get my thoughts together. I tell myself that I practice this every Wednesday. I told myself I’m going to win this two-minute drill for the team. It felt good,” Williams says.
Next up for the Tar Heels comes a short week of practice before a nationally-televised contest against 8-2 rival Duke Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The 4-5 North Carolina football team desperately needs a Homecoming win against the 4-5 Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. The 12:30 p.m. kickoff inside Kenan Stadium will feature one of the nation’s premier running backs, and he’s not playing for the Tar Heels.
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The Panthers are playing an old-school brand of power football that Pittsburgh fans enjoy and opposing ACC defenses lament.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora puts it bluntly, saying the Tar Heels have two choices this weekend – man up or take a beating.
“You have to come with a mentality that you’re going to match the physicality. If you don’t, you’re going to get embarrassed,” Coach Fedora says.
Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Switzer says the five losses have been hard to swallow, but the upperclassmen leadership is holding the team together with the stretch run of the season to come.
“It’s hard to stay positive when you have five losses. But that’s where the seniors and leaders on this team come into play. That’s how they earn their titles as leaders when we’re struggling. It’s our job as a team to stay positive. We have three big games left to finish the season,” Switzer says.
The star attraction for the Panthers is running back James Conner, who’s already racked up over 1,300 yards on the ground this year.
Coach Fedora says the Panther offense can wear out opposing defenses and will offer a severe challenge to the struggling Tar Heel unit.
“He’s [Conner] a big 6’ 2”, 250-pound guy that can go. They lead him with a 270-pound fullback and are really big up front. The quarterback is doing a nice job and then you’ve got the [Tyler] Boyd kid that makes all kinds of plays out at wide receiver for them. We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Coach Fedora says.
Coach Fedora is under no illusions. He doesn’t expect his defense to completely shut down a runner as talented as Conner, but he says the Tar Heels will have to limit his damage and come up big on third downs.
“I don’t know if you can go into the game and say you’re going to stop the run. We have to control the run. We have to be effective, force them into third downs and then get off the field on third down,” Coach Fedora says.
The Kenan scoreboard operators best be prepared for some fireworks Saturday.
Former Panther quarterback and current color analyst for Pitt radio Pat Bostick says although the game will feature two strong offenses, they both go about their business in very different ways.
“It’s two different styles. Carolina is going to run plays at a fever pace. They want to run fast. They want to run 75-80 plays a game and possess the ball for less than 25 minutes. Pitt’s going to want to do the opposite by running the football and score points running the football. The key for both of them is protecting the ball,” Bostick says.
Switzer, for one, recognizes the urgency surrounding this time of year. He says the Tar Heels need to take full advantage of each play on the football field with the finish line looming large.
“We don’t get to get these games back. It’s important for us to go into the next three games with that mindset. I feel like that will help us all as a team. You’re definitely not promised another game. We need to make sure that we don’t take these last few for granted and play with everything we have,” Switzer says.
Against a rugged Panther football team that likes to use ball control to eat up the clock with long, sustained drives, Coach Fedora says junior quarterback Marquise Williams and company must be efficient on offense to emerge victorious.
“They’re going to get in their base fronts and play football. They’re going be very sound, tackle well and be where they’re supposed to be. They’re going to make you beat them. We have to execute on offense to be able to do it. We have to get back to playing football the way we play it,” Coach Fedora says.
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series against the Panthers on the gridiron by a 5-3 margin and snagged the most recent meeting in 2013 – a 34-27 victory spurred on by a pair of Switzer punt returns that went the distance.
With both squads needing to win two of their final three games to qualify for the postseason, the stakes will be high Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-football-team-must-match-pitts-physicality/
WCHL’s Matt Oakes had the chance to chat with Pittsburgh color commentator and former Panther quarterback Pat Bostick. The two discussed Pitt’s transition into the ACC, star running back James Conner, the loss of historic rivalries and the keys to the Panthers-Tar Heels matchup this weekend.
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With the college football season winding down, the urgency in the UNC locker room is high. The Tar Heels must win two of their final three contests to qualify for postseason play.
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Yet again, the 4-5 Tar Heels find their backs against the wall late in a season.
Following a rough 47-20 loss at Miami, though, Coach Fedora says his team was able to recover in the week off and is now fully fit to take on the 4-5 Pittsburgh Panthers this Saturday at 12:30 pm in Kenan Stadium.
“We had a really good practice. They had a couple days of break there after our open week. I feel like we have everybody fresh and healthy as we’re going to get at this point. We’re raring to go for this next game,” Coach Fedora says.
Coach Fedora says Weiler has responded well in practice since his rough outing against the Hurricanes.
“We didn’t have an issue until that game. The guy was in a funk and didn’t do well. He’s bounced back and had good practices. We’ll see what happens,” Coach Fedora says.
With that said, Coach Fedora insists the job is up for grabs. Both Moore and Weiler have been facing off over the bye week and a starter will be named after Thursday’s practice.
Despite the inconsistency in the kicking game, Coach Fedora maintains belief in his players and says he won’t hesitate to trot out the field goal team this weekend.
“It doesn’t really weigh on me until I get in the game. It’s not really something I sit around and worry about. I feel like we’ll put a guy out there and he’ll knock it in, I really do. You have to some confidence, that’s all there is to it,” Coach Fedora says.
The lopsided game at Miami left the Tar Heels in a sour mood. Coach Fedora says his team is anxious to ameliorate the situation with another crack at an ACC opponent.
“The kids are hungry to get back out there. They know they didn’t play well in that last one. They don’t like the taste in their mouth because of it. They’re anxious to get back out there and play football the way they can,” Coach Fedora says.
For the seniors, the window is closing on their time in a Carolina uniform. Coach Fedora says the Tar Heels need to seize the opportunity before them and leave everything out on the field in the coming weeks.
“You only get so many opportunities to play this game. You work all year. It’s a full-time, 365 days a year job to get 14 or 12 opportunities. We’re running out of time. We’re down to about ten practices left in this season and only so many opportunities to go out there and do the thing you love. You prepare as hard as you can, you go out and play with great pride and go win a football game,” Coach Fedora says.
The final fate of Coach Fedora’s third season as Carolina skipper is hanging in the balance. UNC’s last-ditch effort for a postseason bowl bid is being met with anxious energy and urgency by coaches, players and fans alike.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/larry-fedora-preaching-urgency-confident-kicking/