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Tar Heels look to get offense rolling again

Posted September 2, 2013

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora talks to Eric Ebron during the Tar Heels' clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Columbia, SC (Photo by Jack Morton).

— North Carolina's high-scoring attack has been the staple of coach Larry Fedora's brief tenure with the Tar Heels. It's why Fedora says his team won't panic after its offensive struggles in the season-opening loss at South Carolina.

The Tar Heels (0-1) finished with just 10 points and 293 total yards, the lowest totals in 13 games under Fedora and far below the record-setting averages of nearly 41 points and 486 yards from last year.

"We didn't play as well as we would've liked, so I don't think it's a great measuring stick," Fedora said. "What it does show us is that we are close."

Fedora said Monday there's no need for major adjustments before Saturday's home opener against Middle Tennessee.

"There's not any panic within the offense or the offensive staff or the players," Fedora said. "It's proven. The offense is proven. If you just play within the system and you don't shoot yourself in the foot, you're going to make plays and you're going to make explosive plays."

Fedora needs his team to maintain that explosiveness outside of the national spotlight and against a team that lacks the Gamecocks profile. He reminded them that Middle Tennessee beat Georgia Tech at home just last season.

"This team we are playing this week has beaten ACC teams. They beat one last year," he said.

Saturday's home opener (12:30 p.m. WCHL) will be the final non-conference tune-up for the Tar Heels before they open ACC play at Georgia Tech Sept. 21.

Fedora said his team could correct its mistakes, from the stalled offense to the defense giving up big plays.

"The approach was the same thing we said going into the game — this game doesn't make or break our season," Fedora said. 

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Sep 3, 7:28 a.m.

    ^^^^^

    Agree about USC's D. That was the first game of the year, on the road, against a much better opponent, which may account for the vanilla offense. There was so much hype about Clowney as well. I hope to see trick plays this weekend.

  • scousler Sep 3, 3:29 a.m.

    USC does have one of the best defenses in the country. The Tarheels may face other tough defenses this year too. What concerns me is how conservative the play calling was for pretty much the whole game against a stout defense. Seems like the 'heels played not to lose too bad instead of going all out for the win.

    Would like to see some risk taking on offense instead of turtling up like they did. Trick plays, wildcat, more deep passes, etc.

  • kornfan2448 Sep 2, 11:07 p.m.

    The offense will be fine, it's the defense (especially the secondary) that is of concern...again.

  • I am not who you think I am Sep 2, 10:56 p.m.

    heels must find a rushing offense to compete this year....they do not have a "go to" back. Renner needs a viable rushing attack he can't run the ball. The more Renner runs the ball the quicker he will leave the game on a stretcher

  • Hokies94 Sep 2, 10:19 p.m.

    I'll bet that South Carolina will not be the best they face on defense this year.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Sep 2, 9:57 p.m.

    I think the tarhole players were just too tired from doing all their school work, studying, making sure their essay papers were turned in on time, and trying to keep their GPA up. Thus, they forgot they had a game to play after embarrassing their school, their fans, and themselves on national television. Perhaps they should just kick back and watch The North Carolina State Wolfpack show'em how it's done.

  • TB from WF Sep 2, 9:25 p.m.

    That was the strongest D UNC will face all year. They will be fine. That's why Fedora isn't panicking.

  • shakennotstirred Sep 2, 9:07 p.m.

    I believe the basketball team has the rolling papers.

  • heelsforever Sep 2, 9:05 p.m.

    should have an 8 game home schedule like State and start out with mighty LA Tech, results could... View More

    — Posted by hsiflee

    Give it a rest. We'll play our cakes just like State.

  • Hokies94 Sep 2, 8:55 p.m.

    UNC does have an offense. Defense not so much. VT has a defense, offense not so much.

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