PLAYER TO WATCH
Junior, tight end
6-4, 245 pounds
Before the season began, UNC coach Larry Fedora said he expected Ebron to catch 12 touchdown passes. Ebron enters the Belk Bowl with three but his hasnt been a disappointing season in the least.
Ebron, who has already announced his intention to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft, will leave UNC as the most productive tight end in school history, and his 895 receiving yards are a single-season ACC record for a tight end.
In his final college game, expect Ebron to put on a show. Or at least to make a spectacular catch or two.
LT James Hurst, 6-7, 305, Sr.
LG Caleb Peterson, 6-5, 300, Fr.
C Russell Bodine, 6-4, 310, Jr.
RG Landon Turner, 6-4, 320, Soph.
RT Jon Heck, 6-6, 300, Fr.
TE Eric Ebron, 6-4, 245, Jr.
QB Marquise Willliams, 6-2, 215, Soph.
TB Romar Morris, 5-10, 185, Soph.
WR Kendrick Singleton, 6-2, 200, Soph.
WR T.J. Thorpe, 6-0, 200, Soph.
WR Quinshad Davis, 6-4, 205, Soph.
DE Kareem Martin, 6-6, 265, Sr.
DT Ethan Farmer, 6-3, 295, Jr.
DT Tim Jackson, 6-5, 285, Sr.
DE/LB Norkeithus Otis 6-1, 240, Jr.
WLB Travis Hughes, 6-2, 225, Jr.
MLB Jeff Schoettmer, 6-1, 230, Soph.
S/LB Malik Simmons, 5-11, 190, Soph.
CB Jabari Price, 6-0, 200, Sr.
FS Tre Boston, 6-1, 205, Sr.
SS Dominique Green, 5-11, 185, Fr.
CB Tim Scott, 5-11, 190, Jr.
K Thomas Moore, 5-10, 200, Jr.
P Tommy Hibbard, 5-10, 190, Jr.
KR T.J. Thorpe, 6-0, 200, Soph.
PR Ryan Switzer, 5-10, 175, Fr.
The Tar Heels came close to beating Miami and Duke, both ranked, but none of their six victories came against ranked opponents and UNC beat just one team that finished with at least a .500 record in the ACC. That came in a 34-10 victory against Boston College, so that win becomes UNCs best by default.
The Tar Heels were dominant in that game, though, and they limited Eagles running back Andre Williams, a Heisman Trophy finalist, to 172 yards rushing and a touchdown, which was among his most modest performances. More important, that victory was UNCs first after its 1-5 start, and it helped the Tar Heels turn their season.
The 55-31 defeat against East Carolina on Sept. 28 was a humbling, deflating affair, and afterward the Pirates celebrated with their fans in an otherwise empty Kenan Stadium. ECU led 28-10 at halftime and the Tar Heels never made a game of it. They allowed 603 yards the most UNC had ever surrendered at home.
The defeat was bad enough on its own. Even worse, some UNC players said they took ECU lightly. A.J. Blue, a senior running back, said some of his teammates showed up in body only.