Belk Bowl: UNC Tar Heels at a glance

From staff reportsDecember 27, 2013 

UNC's Eric Ebron runs past Boston College's Kevin Pierre-Louis in the first half. UNC defeated Boston College 34-10 at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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  • 2013 results

    6-6 (4-4 ACC)

    August
    29At South Carolina L 27-10
    September
    7Middle Tennessee State W 40-20
    21At Georgia TechL 28-20
    28East Carolina L 55-31
    October
    5At Virginia Tech L 27-17
    17Miami L 27-23
    26Boston College W 34-10
    November
    2At N.C. State W 27-19
    9Virginia W 45-14
    16At Pittsburgh W 34-27
    23Old Dominion W 80-20
    30Duke L 27-25

PLAYER TO WATCH

Eric Ebron

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 hasn’t 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.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

Special teams

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.

BEST WIN

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 UNC’s 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 UNC’s first after its 1-5 start, and it helped the Tar Heels turn their season.

WORST LOSS

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.

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