UNC vs. Citadel Preview

Chuck FortContributor ISeptember 3, 2009

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 27:  The University of North Carolina Tar Heels mascot during the ACC game at the Groves Stadium, on October 27, 2007 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The final touches are being made to Kenan Stadium to make it ready for the UNC football season opener against the Citadel Bulldogs this Saturday, September 5 at 6 pm.  The Tar Heels should be ready too, coming off the 8-win season that was 2008.

It will be an interesting spectacle on the field as the colors for the Bulldogs are similar to the Tar Heel blue and white.   Here is a look at the Bulldogs of the Citadel.

The Citadel, also known as The Military College of South Carolina, is located in Charleston, SC.  It is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA.  Last year, the Bulldogs finished the season with a 4-8 record and the 10th losing record in the last 11 seasons.

Players to watch for the Bulldogs:

Bart Blanchard – QB #19

Blanchard returns to lead the offense as the junior after setting a school record 2,609 total yards last year as a sophomore.

Andre Roberts – WR/PR #5

Roberts is a speedster on punt returns and a prime target for Blanchard who caught a school record 95 passes for 14 touchdowns last season.  He is also the school’s all-time leader in catches and receiving yards.

Unfortunately, Tar Heel nation will not get to see a potential starter at WR in Dwight Jones.  He will miss at least the opening game as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee scheduled for Friday. 

In three meetings, the Tar Heels have prevailed each time.  I expect the result Saturday to be the same.  UNC 45, Citadel 10