Tar Heels look to get offense rolling again
Posted September 2, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — 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.