JMU at UNC game observations

Robbi PickeralSeptember 4, 2011 

UNC interim head coach Everett Withers had said before the game that senior Casey Barth would get some help with the kicking duties because of a sore thigh (and he did, as Trace Jones and Thomas Moore handled the kickoffs). But it was somewhat of a surprise to see walk-on freshman Thomas Hibbard start at punter; he beat out sophomore C.J. Feagles.

"He did drop a punt, we've got to correct that," Withers said of Hibbard's second-quarter foible that resulted in a blocked punt - and JMU's only touchdown. "But I tell you what: This kid's got a leg, now, and he can be a dangerous weapon for us if we get him some confidence and protect him. And we've just got to stay behind him, because I think he's going to help us in that area."

Barth, meanwhile, made all six of his extra point attempts, extending his school record to 77 conversions in a row.

Carolina played 21 freshmen - including 10 true freshmen. "We're trying to build this program, and we felt like we needed to get those guys on the field and play them," Withers said.

Fullback Devon Ramsey had to be helped off the field in the second half, after a defender appeared to fall on the back of his legs, hurting his left knee. He will be evaluated today.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service