Preview: UNC Vs. Connecticut

Justin CrawfordCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 27:  Kenny Moore #21 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons goes between Anthony Elzy #6 and Martel Thatch #21(behind)  of the UNC Tar Heels during the ACC game at the Groves Stadium, on October 27, 2007 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)


Coming off an important first blowout win, the Heels now have to face a tougher opponent in Connecticut at their home field. The game will be at 12 o’clock Saturday and will be televised by ESPNU.

Deunta Williams (two interceptions), Shaun Draughn (118 yards), and Ryan Houston (two touchdowns) all performed very well last weekend against the Citadel. These performances are exactly what the Heels need to see all year.

It would be great to see Da’Norris Searcy return another punt for a touchdown against Connecticut. If players can perform well in the special teams, it would be a big step for the Heels to win the Coastal Division

Give credit to quarterback T.J. Yates as well. He was able to hit open guys with some consistency, and to spread the ball around the field. The only problem was dropped passes by receivers.

Both Greg Little and newly converted running back Johnny White caught touchdowns. Freshman Joshua Adams also had two receptions.

All of these guys need to perform well against Connecticut so that the Heels can get another blowout victory before playing an in-state matchup against ECU.

Connecticut is coming off of a win against Ohio University in which they had a very balanced attack.

UConn Quarterback Zach Fraser threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He spread those yards out to many different receivers.

UNC’s secondary must not allow the ball to be spread around this much if they want to beat the Huskies. It would be huge if Deunta Williams could come up with an interception, and more importantly limit the big play.

The North Carolina rush defense must stop the rushing attack. Last week, the Huskies combined to rush for 259 yards. Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon proved to be two very good running backs. If the Heels defense performs like they did against the Citadel, this will be no problem.

Connecticut will not be an overly tough team this season, but the Heels need another statement game with East Carolina and Georgia Tech coming up. If the Heels can get another 30 point victory their confidence will be high, and the possibilities are endless for such a talented team.

Coach Davis will continue to work them hard in practice to correct their mistakes, and the team will be ready to prove that they deserve being ranked in the top 25.  

For the freshmen, their first game is over, and now they can relax and play football. The rest of the season should be very interesting as these freshmen (particularly the wide receivers) will start showing their true talent.

The noon game should be a great one to watch in a Big East vs. ACC battle.


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