North Carolina Tar Heels Awake from Slumber to beat Delaware


The North Carolina Tar Heels went through every stage of what could have been a nightmare against the Delaware Blue Hens. It seems odd to refer to a game that ended 41-14 in such a fashion, but the score really does not tell the story behind the game. The Tar Heel defense struggled in trying to combat a ground centered Delaware attack, and the offense sputtered through the first half.

Coach Larry Fedora inserted backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky into the lineup before halftime and Trubisky took control of the game with a big performance despite the rain. This included the first signs of the bomb in the Tar Heel offense in what seems like forever. Trubisky restored order to the universe and Delaware never sniffed the score again. The quarterback finished 17 of 20 for 320 yards and four scores.

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X – Run Stopping and Tackling Problems
The Tar Heels had difficulty getting the Blue Hens off the field. Whether the wet conditions had something to do with that or it was just lazy tackling, the Delaware running game looked pretty good behind running back Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson took the second play of the game some seventy yards for a score and ended up with 160 plus yards in the game. Issues stopping the run against Josh Ferguson of Illinois and now the Delaware offense do not bode well for next week’s matchup against Georgia Tech.

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  • Y – The Switch
    Every time it seems that the platoon question has come to an end, it simply will not end. Although Fedora was not forthcoming, starting quarterback Marquise Williams was pulled for ineffectiveness. When Trubisky showed good command of the field with strikes to Mack Hollins (two) and Ryan Switzer, Fedora let him go the rest of the way. The assumption is that Williams will go against Georgia Tech, unless there is a double secret injury here.

    Z – Shakeel Rashad doing Work
    Rashad has perhaps had to make the biggest change in the new defensive scheme. From a pass rush specialist, he became on outside linebacker with all the duties therein including coverage. Rashad gave a hint as to how he play against the Yellow Jackets with ten tackles against runcentric Delaware. In other words, Rashad has made the transition just fine and is a strength rather than a question mark on the Tar Heel front seven.

    The Tar Heels start conference play this week against a Georgia Tech team coming off a two game losing streak.

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