Logan, Switzer add game-changing element for Tar Heels
Posted July 19, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — At the University of North Carolina, special teams is just as important as offense and defense -- and the unit embraces that role. Heading into a new season, sophomore return men Ryan Switzer and TJ Logan hope their impact will be seen on the scoreboard every Saturday.
For years, special teams excellence in the ACC belonged to Frank Beamer’s Virginia Tech squads. But times are changing, and in Chapel Hill, the third phase of the game now favors the Tar Heels in most ACC match-ups.
“Every time we can set a stop and get them to punt the ball to him (Switzer), we feel like we can block for him and he will put six points on the board,” said UNC senior bandit Norkeithus Otis.
Between Switzer handling the punts and Logan taking care of the kick-offs, the Tar Heels notched an NCAA-best seven special teams touchdowns last season – all coming in a five-game stretch. Each are back this year making for a well-hyped 1-2 punch.
“Those guys are unbelievable,” said UNC quarterback Marquise Williams. “I still look at it today, how TJ Logan crossed the field against Old Dominion seven times and still scored. And Switzer, he’s like that little mouse – you can’t catch him. You can put a rat trap down and you still can’t get the little guy,”
A sophomore from West Virginia, Switzer can’t help but dream even bigger.
“I say we have the best special teams unit in the country,” Switzer said. “I’d put me and TJ in a 40-yard dash up against anybody in the country.”
“I believe it to be honest with you, and we have the numbers to prove it,” added Logan.
If the duo can pick up this season where they left off last season, it will become an encore for the record books.