UNC Perspective on UGA Game Before Fall Practice

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UNC Perspective on UGA Game Before Fall Practice

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On Memorial Day while catching up with friends I was able to have an e-mail discussion with a friend who is a Tarheel supporter and a former writer for The Daily Tarheel.  While he was celebrating his Tarheels winning their first lacrosse National Championship since 1991, I e-mailed him a few questions about the football program and he gave these thoughts on the upcoming season:
What are the expectations like headed into the season opener against UGA?

This is the most enthusiasm in Chapel Hill for a football season since the days of Mack Brown.  While Butch Davis had some good season’s he never did better than 8 wins and that was probably his ceiling.  With Fedora finally having the personnel to run his offense and Gene Chizik having really helped our defense out last season, I think we have potential and expectations are very high.  Anything less than 10 wins will likely be viewed as a disappointment in Chapel Hill.
We all know about Elijah Hood, Bug Howard, Mack Hollins & Ryan Switzer – What are other names we should know?

First and foremost, Mitch Trubisky.  Trubisky played limited snaps in a backup role to Marquise Williams last season and Trubisky was the better quarterback.  He can extend plays, make first downs with his legs and is a very accurate as a passer.  That said, he is not a guy who can carry the ball 15+ times per game because he can’t take that many hits.  As a passer he will be much more consistent and reliable then Williams.  On defense I would go with Donnie Miles who was our leading tackler last season from the safety position.  He is a very sure tackler and was the last line of defense on many occasions and prevented countless big plays.
Where can UNC create mismatches against opponents?

We have a basketball team at receiver with Bug Howard and Mack Hollins.  Both are a legit 6’5 and have some serious deep speed.  When they go up against smaller corners they are both excellent at high pointing the ball and snatching it with their hands.  On special teams we are very good as well with Ryan Switzer being one of the best punt returners in the country and the best to ever wear the Tarheel uniform.  On defense we have really good and experienced CB’s in M.J. and Lawrence who are solid at getting a hand in and deflecting passes.
Where can opponent’s take advantage of UNC?

Our defense has a million questions in the front seven. The defensive line is inexperienced and was not productive last season.  They couldn’t consistently get pressure on the QB and they consistently got gashed against the run.   Way too many times, teams would get our line started moving one direction and there would be massive cutback lanes.  Clemson and Baylor absolutely shredded us with that.  Also, while our linebackers are athletic, they are young and aren’t the most physical at the point of attack.  From those I know around the program there is a lot of concern that UGA can pound the ball between the tackles and consistently churn out 3-7 yard runs and dominate the time of possession. 
What are your thoughts on the UGA v. UNC game?

There are so many question marks for both teams.  We have experience on the offensive line, offensive skill positions and in the secondary but outside of that we don’t really know what we are going to get.  Can Trubisky handle the pressure of being the man at QB?  Can our front seven compete at a high level?  For Georgia, you have a first year coach, from what I read maybe a freshmen QB and will Nick Chubb really be ready?  Also, your defense in their first game with a new coordinator, new scheme will be going up against Fedora’s high paced offense.  I think it will be a pretty high scoring game and will largely be decided by UGA’s ability to run the ball/our ability to stop it.  If UGA can consistently drive the football on the ground with 7+ minute drives resulting in points Fedora has been known to get impatient and abandon the run. I don’t like our chances in that situation.  If it becomes a big play shootout or we can contain UGA’s running game then I think we pull it out.  Regardless, I think it is going to be an exciting game and it is a good test for both teams starting the season.

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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.

7 responses on “UNC Perspective on UGA Game Before Fall Practice

  1. Jesse1

    Reddawg13 That s a big spread. I’ll settle for a win. A major key to winning this game will be not allowing the enemy to extend drives due to stupid personal fouls. I’ve lost count of how many games UGA lost over the last 10 seasons due to sloppy, bonehead, undisciplined play. Averaging 4-6 personal fouls per game since 2013 is a recipe for losing games.

  2. Jesse1

    MMCSDAWG Open with power.Late 1st, Spread em and shread em. While Chizik is fumbling with his notebook, Show them what 3 tight end formations can do when executed (See Stanford). About this time the defense, with fresh legs and wide bodies up front should be playing with an intensity on the stop troop side, the ‘Heels don’t see every week. If this game is close at the end of 3, I believe we win.

  3. Jesse1

    66DAWGnNC Even though it was a scrimmage, the young Mr Eason performed with the coolness of an Weaverville morning with only approx 100k grading him. I too thought the ‘deer in the headlight” might be an issue. And it still may. Yet those intangibles, knowing instinctly how long to hold the ball, where to put it, deftly sidestepping rushers effortlessly, give me confidence is Eason, I never had with Stafford, who was an interception machine at times ( granted, many of those picks were due to sloppy receiver play). Eason appears to to Aron Murray character, in a bigger body. An area of the team which may be flying under the radar are the wide outs. I noticed wr’s finishing their routes, fighting for balls, and at times, Chaney flat faked the D out of their collective jocks with patented Sid Gillman picks and zone floods. 
      One thing for sure. This is a game between two programs located close enough to each other. Instead of buying cheap, dirty rent a wins, ( Nicholls St., Lousy Ana-Anywhere, gimme Tulane anyday) we should be teeing it up every few years in one the two loveliest stadiums and environments in the football world. UGA-UNC should not be an every 45 year affair.

  4. 66DAWGnNC

    Great Q & A there Huck. Living here amongst the Carolina Blue faithful, I can tell you they are expecting to win the ACC and vie for the NC. So do most UGA fans, too, however. Like your bud said, there are too many unknowns on both teams. UGA will have to run the ball and control the clock. Our young D is athletic, but who knows what we are going to get? Patience will be the key for both squads. If we get behind and abandon our run, we know what we will get from Lambert. I don’t think he is capable of putting the team on his shoulders although he may surprise me. Ramsey is also a question mark and while Eason has looked good in the Spring and in the camps, who knows what will happen once the bright lights come on the big stage. It should be an exciting game. I look forward to watching this new breed of DAWG and believe things will only get better from here. Kirby is saying all the right things and has been exposed to a well oiled machine for decades. Give him time to get his style of player on the roster and then look out.

  5. Reddawg13

    Nice! I believe Eason starts and impresses. I also believe Kirby and company will have this team ready to play and compete. We will recognize our team by their uniform but our play will be totally different! UGA wins this one by at least 17. And Good Morning to my Buddy MMCSDAWG!


    Good one huck!   I agree Time of Possession is key to UGA victory…  Even so, I believe we may need to score 35+ points and with that being the case, I see Eason starting this one.  I don’t believe conservatism is the way to go against UNC!