Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:07 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 2:09 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
1. Florida State Is In The ACC Driver's Seat - Everyone seemed to bail on the Seminoles after getting run by the Sooners, but Florida State is actually sitting pretty well after steamrolling the Hurricanes 45-17 in Miami. The FSU committee-style running game continues to succeed, with the Seminoles racking up 298 yards rushing against Miami. Jermaine Thomas rushed 16 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Chris Thompson added 14 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles may not be the air-attack that was projected before the season, but they are still dangerous.
2. No Reason To Panic In Raleigh - Emotions run high the N.C. State fan base, and as great as things looked before the Virginia Tech game, the Hokies did their best to pop the Wolfpack's balloon with their 41-30 come from behind victory. But no need for worry, the Wolfpack are right back on track with their 44-17 rout of Boston College on Saturday. Russell Wilson was grooving, completing 38 of 51 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns. No worries, one home loss does not mean N.C. State is still not a dangerous threat in the ACC.
3. The Tar Heels' Unlikely Hero - North Carolina running back Johnny White's journey has taken him all over the field for the Tar Heels in his career. White has lined up at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and on the coverage team in his tenure at Chapel Hill. In the midst of NCAA investigation-related suspensions, White has emerged as one of the cornerstones of the North Carolina team at starting running back. White continued his run in the 21-16 victory against Clemson with 89 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving with two touchdowns. White was not expected to contribute like he has, but the senior has stepped up in tumultuous times for the Heels.
4. Virginia Tech's BCS Hopes Are Not Dead - Another team that got written off early, the Virginia Tech Hokies are still alive after falling out of the polls early in the season. With a 2-0 conference record, the Hokies are still at the top of the ACC, competing for a spot in the Orange Bowl. After last week's comeback win against N.C. State and the 45-21 deconstruction of Central Michigan, VT has the confidence back to step up and reclaim their spot among the nations elite. No Ryan Williams has been no problem for Beamer's crew, with Darren Evans and David Wilson rising to the occasion in his absence.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:44 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
The Tar Heels have dealt with serious personnel issues the entire season, arguably an issue that has cost them at least one victory out of their 1-2 start. With the status of ten players still undetermined, and defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams suspended for at least another week (Burney is out for three more games), the last thing North Carolina wants to hear is the word "injury."
But with running back Johnny White and starting linebacker Quan Sturdivant both suffering injuries in the Tar Heels 17-13 victory at Rutgers, an already weakened starting lineup looks like it could be even thinner.
White turned his right ankle in the third quarter, and Sturdivant tweaked his left hamstring tackling quarterback Tom Savage in the fourth. Neither starter returned the game, and head coach Butch Davis is unsure whether if they will be available against ECU on Saturday.
"We'll get a much better, clearer picture as to their availability probably by Thursday," Davis said Monday. "They'll get all the treatment that they can and we'll have a better idea later on in the week."Sturdivant was cleared to join the team just hours before they kicked off the season against LSU in Atlanta, so North Carolina has not had to play without the team's leading tackler yet this season. He will likely be replaced by Zach Brown if he is not cleared to play. Brown saw significant time against LSU and has been a frequent contributor on special teams.