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Logan, Switzer add game-changing element for Tar Heels

Posted July 19, 2014

— 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.


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  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 22, 2014
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    THB - First, thank you for your service! People like you, who served our country, deserve a lot more praise and are the real heroes. Congratulations to you for having the determination and fortitude to get your degree; that couldn't have been easy!

    As for Hokie, he changed a few years ago, and not for the better. Unfortunately, he has a pattern of making personal attacks, and I suspect he'll return, posting his usual mean spirited garbage. While there is ample reason to be critical of Carolina's athletic scandal, I have a feeling Hokie's constant negative posts about UNC are to get attention. I try to ignore his personal attacks as they have no place on this forum. I'd rather talk X's and O's and welcome good-natured banter as well. Thank you for your thoughtful post.

  • Erik Sheahan Jul 22, 2014
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    Gunnstigator, you are very well spoken and despite all the garbage being dished out by VTHokie, you kept your cool and didn't get into a trash talking session with him. Me personally, I prefer to be objective and look at the "glass is half full" perspective. I am retire military (drafted in 1972 retired in 1998) and struggled getting my degrees due to standing duty in a medical clinic every third night. I received my Medical Technology degree at George Washing University by attending MT classes at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD and attending night school. I attained my BA in Business and Health Care Management by taking correspondence courses through UNC in the late 70's early 80's and then transferred my credits to Saint Leo University, FL by taking night courses at satellite offices in the VA Tidewater area. It took me 5 years to complete, but today I work at Duke Hospital. I'm not a wiz like VTHokie, but hopefully as respectful as you.

  • Erik Sheahan Jul 22, 2014
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    I was rather taken aback at the obnoxious comments being made by VTHokie. I have seen more objective and less ranting type postings from him in the past; however, it appears something was affecting his good judgment in his postings. Not sure how he sidetracked from the sports article to whose college diploma is bigger or better than someone elses. Anyway, glad to see your posting. Granted UNC has a mess and it will take a long time to fix, but, the athletes of today and many of yesteryear have had nothing to do with this tangled mess of fish line. Regarding the headline; I would like to see Logan and Switzer have great years. Additionally, I am hoping that NC State has a bumper crop this year and wins 8+ games; they'll have the QB to do it.

  • Erik Sheahan Jul 22, 2014
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    I've read a lot of your posts through the years and for the most part they have been objective and not stereotypical; however, I do take exception to this comment. Because a handful of athletes knowingly cheated in years past, does not make all past and present athletes dishonest. I agree that there is a lot of muck that has to be cleaned up; however, because there are some who will not willingly divulge the truth up front, it does tarnish the reputation of the rest but does not make them guilty as well. Answer this, because Jeffrey Darmer and Mansfield killed innocent people, does that make all Americans killers? Because a few athletes made ill advised decisions at other universities, does that mean the rest of the students and staff at that university are guilty? If you want to lay blame for what has happened, blame those who acted in a manner contrary to good order. Neither I nor thousands of other UNC students had anything to do with this.

  • just a gee Jul 21, 2014

    GO HEELS !!!

  • Hammerhead Jul 20, 2014

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    I did.

  • TTSCP Jul 20, 2014

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    You know I was joking...right ?

  • Hammerhead Jul 20, 2014

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    I'm proud of my high school education.

  • TTSCP Jul 20, 2014

    " I can cross "being called a weed" off my bucket list."

    A poorly educated weed.

  • Hammerhead Jul 20, 2014

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    He's reading them. I can cross "being called a weed" off my bucket list.




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