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Ken Medlin

Ebron backs up the talk - with teammates' help

Posted November 2, 2013
Updated November 3, 2013

One thing about Eric Ebron: he's not boring.

Ebron stoked the flames of the State-Carolina rivalry, waging a Twitter-based war of words with Wolfpack fans earlier in the week and essentially predicting a win with a "rude awakening" tweet shortly before kickoff.

And he backed it up.

More specifically, Ebron and his teammates backed up the prediction. I'm not sure if it was his intention to play amateur psychologist, but Ebron's public display of bravado became a motivating factor for his own team. UNC, NC State Slideshow: North Carolina defeats NC State, 27-19

Normally, these kinds of comments serve as bulletin board for the opponent. But as Marquise Williams put it, "that gave us hype, and we had to back him up." The outspoken tight end challenged his teammates, and they responded.

To put it another way, they would never have heard the end of it had Ebron's prediction proved false.

Ebron enjoyed - even relished - the role of villain. He was all smiles when answering post-game questions. "If we don't have your respect already, we're going to keep on taking it until the point where you have no choice but to respect us," he said, taking special offense with the Wolfpack's "Our State" marketing campaign.

"I mean, this is our state," said Ebron. "Our winning ratio to their losses - I mean, we're killing them. So you've just got to let them know."

Eric Ebron Ebron: I mean this is our state

And he did.

Mark this down as another interesting chapter in a rivalry game that - while by no means factoring into the national championship picture  - has tended to produce more than its share of memorable moments on the field and off. In the last few years alone, we've seen the Tom O'Brien-Everette Withers feud ("Flagship University" vs "Triple Play"). Russell Wilson's Hail Mary and Gio Bernard's punt return.

Ebron's comments might not be as memorable as those moments, but they're just enough to keep the embers smoldering until next fall.

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  • snapjack Nov 4, 1:13 p.m.

    I assume that all the posters who are critical of Ebron for talking smack will now cease posting... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    If only.....

    I suspect those posters will back their smack up with MORE smack.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I've actually heard that the Fackers are planning a boycott of WRAL given the expose that is... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Well it's pretty hard to post when your head's in the sand.

  • heelsforever Nov 4, 1:10 p.m.

    I assume that all the posters who are critical of Ebron for talking smack will now cease posting... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    If only.....

    I suspect those posters will back their smack up with MORE smack.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I've actually heard that the Fackers are planning a boycott of WRAL given the expose that is coming tongiht. We may not see those "friends" posting much in days to come.

  • admin37 Nov 4, 12:42 p.m.

    EBRON talked the (smack) talk and WALKED THE WALK. Gotta love that he was willing to talk trash BEFORE the game and then played lights out.

    Check out "Dancing Ebron"
    http://tinyurl.com/DancingEbron

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 4, 8:50 a.m.

    I assume that all the posters who are critical of Ebron for talking smack will now cease posting... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    If only.....

    I suspect those posters will back their smack up with MORE smack.

  • Buck you Nov 3, 8:06 p.m.

    I assume that all the posters who are critical of Ebron for talking smack will now cease posting... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    that would be nice, although we`d lose most hybrids and some other "objective"
    posters.

  • Ken D. Nov 3, 3:53 p.m.

    I assume that all the posters who are critical of Ebron for talking smack will now cease posting on the WRAL smack talk forums.

  • Wheelman Nov 3, 12:07 p.m.

    He backed it up but so what? The tweets were classless and the stomping around on the field,... View More

    — Posted by 903 Oct 17th and 1 win

    Phillip Rivers started that little "tradition" at Kenan when they won, so don't blame UNC players for following suit. As for the trash talking, that is pretty much a part of all sports now, and has been a part of rivalry games forever. Just make sure you can walk the walk if you're going to talk the talk. And he and the rest of the team did.

  • TJPC Nov 3, 11:29 a.m.

    He backed it up but so what? The tweets were classless and the stomping around on the field,... View More

    — Posted by 903 Oct 17th and 1 win

    And the stomping around by the State players before the game and during the first quarter was OK? And the DB targeting the head of the UNC QB was full of class right? It is hard to take you seriously when you mention "State" and "class" in the same sentence. Their fan base is made up of people who flunked out of high school...

  • TJPC Nov 3, 11:26 a.m.

    Ebron stats: 9 catches, 70 yards, didn't find pay dirt, and was responsible for several... View More

    — Posted by ChuckietheChest

    LOL - obviously another State graduate with that analysis! You know nothing about football my friend! 6-4 as an "undersized tight end"?? This isn't basketball fool! NFL scouts are salivating over Ebron - trust me. He will be an impact player immediately out of college. Shut your mouth, go back to your farm, and work on a GED - those are actually worth more than a State degree!

  • TJPC Nov 3, 11:22 a.m.

    and the winner of the tallest midget contest was......wait for it

    UNC at 3-5 congratulations

    — Posted by I am not who you think I am

    Nice comment loser - and you were the one talking about State winning this game all week - shut up, go back to your farm, and try not to be like every other stupid State fan...

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