UNC Receivers Step Up In Place Of Suspended Greg Little
TJ Yates could not have finished with 412 yards passing and three touchdowns against LSU without help from some great receivers. Missing his favorite target from a year ago, Greg Little, Yates got other guys involved, nearly coming out with a win.
Let's take a look at these receivers and other key pass catchers.
Redshirt Freshman from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Made tough catches against Patrick Peterson late in the game
Strong, physical receiver at 6'4" 200 lbs
Started first two games of 2009 before suffering shoulder injury and taking medical redshirt
Sophomore from Vanceboro, North Carolina
Scored on a beautiful touch pass from TJ Yates late in the fourth quarter
Started most of the 2009 season, finishing with two touchdowns
Recorded back-to-back games with over 100 yards receiving against ECU and Georgia Tech
Senior tight end from Springdale, Arkansas
Caught eight passes for 74 yards against LSU but could not come up with a game-tying touchdown reception on two tries
In 2009 he recorded 33 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown despite missing five games
A sure-handed pass catcher when healthy
Favorite safety valve of QB TJ Yates
Junior fullback from Red Bank, New Jersey
Made an athletic play to score against LSU on a play-action pass early in the second quarter
Had a chance to score again but could not hang on to the pass
Emerged as the starting fullback midway through 2009
Known more for his lead blocking ability but very effective receiving out of the backfield
Sophomore from Gastonia, North Carolina
Started at wide receiver and kick returner against LSU in place of suspended Greg Little
Finished game against LSU with six catches, 221 receiving yards, and one touchdown for the longest reception in the history of UNC football (97 yards)
His 221 yards were more than he had in all of 2009 (214)
Featured as a deep-threat and occasional runner in the offense last year
As a freshman scored on receptions of 13, 35, 59, and 70 yards
In Place Of Greg Little
NCAA investigations continue into UNC's football program. Greg Little and the other 12 players who did not play in the season opener remain doubtful to return. The team must plan to compete without them.
Though Greg Little is ranked the 4th best receiver on Mel Kiper, Jr.'s Big Board for the 2010 NFL Draft, TJ Yates will have plenty of other options to target.