by Carlton Cabey
Coach Golden and the Miami Hurricanes had their backs against the wall going into Chapel Hill. During the week of practice Golden said that this Tar Heels team is the toughest team they will have faced this season. He also said that this team was starting to get it. Nobody really knew what “it” was but then the first half happened. Jacory Harris looked like the Harris that we saw in the beginning of his sophomore year. The Tar Heels clearly game planned to not let Lamar Miller beat them and to put the ball in Harris’ hands and see if he could. Harris did exactly that coming out the game on fire driving the ball right down the field on the first drive. He hooked up with his high school teammate Tommy Streeter more who seems to be Harris’ new favorite target. He now has three straight games without an interception. The Tar Heels were successful containing Miller so it was good that Harris was able to carry the load and hold off the Tar Heels for the win. Jacory finished the game going 20/30 267 yds 3 td 0 int.
The defensive side of the ball looked better but there is still much room for improvement. Ray Ray Armstrong looked a little more comfortable and should get better with more time and will soon be starting at safety next to Vaughn Telemaque. Cornerbacks continue to be the weak spot on the defense giving too much room to the receivers. The defense still allowed 424 yards to the Tar Heels offense but made plays unlike they did a week ago. The Canes held the Tar Hells on the last possession to secure a 30-24 victory and will now be headed home to for 3 straight home games. Next week Vs. Georgia Tech is a huge game and a victory could would put make them one of the top contenders for the ACC lead. They also get their best pass rusher DE Olivier Vernon back.