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Dy GEOFFREY MOCK
Assistant Sports Editor
Those people combing North Carolina's 1981 football schedule
for a potential ambush a la Oklahoma will not be very successful.
Last year's away games with the Sooners and Texas Tech have
been replaced by home games with Boston College and South
. Carolina. Arid only five of UNC's opponents had winning records
in 1980, and of those, only two Maryland and South Carolina
- won as many as eight games.
But before placing bets on an 11-0 season for Carolina, one
had better consider the obstacles. The Atlantic Coast Conference
continues to improve in football, and Clemson and Maryland
were picked in some preseason polls above Carolina. South Caro
lina is the toughest opponent in a non-conference schedule that
also includes East Carolina, Miami of Ohio and Boston College.
Here is a brief look at each opponent:
East Carolina. It's time to say goodbye to the Pirates as the
two schools end their series with a game at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in
Kenan Stadium. The Pirates have usually given the Heels a tough
game, but ECU was embarrassed last year, 31-3.
The weak link in the Pirates' 4-7 team last year was defense,
and coach Ed Emory may have problems there again with as
many as eight sophomores starting. But eight starters return on
offense, where quarterback Carlton Nelson will run the wish
bone. The entire offensive line comes back and should open
some holes for fullback Ron Wiley and running backs Mike
Hawkins and Harold Blue.
Miami of Ohio. When Carolina Coach Dick Crum's old team
last came to Kenan Stadium in 1978, it gave Crum one of the
most disappointing defeats of his rookie year at UNC. a 7-3 loss.
Now the Redskins, coming off a 5-6 record in 1980, return to J
face the Heels Sept. 19.
Coach Tom Reed has installed a new offense, the I-formation,
and Miami should be putting the ball in the air more. Quarter
backs John Macke and Mark Kelly have good throwing statistics,
and tailback Greg Jones (952 yards, nine touchdowns) leads a
strong ground game. Don Treadwill and Keith Dummitt return
as the Redskins' leading receivers. , . .
Defense was a problem in 1980 and will be in 1981 . Eight starters
return on defense, but the Redskins lost two important starters
up the middle, middle guard John McCafferty and linebacker
Boston College. The Eagles make their first appearance ever
against Carolina Sept. 26 in Kenan Stadium. First-year coach
Jack Bicknell has 15 returning starters from last year's 7-4 season
that played a difficult schedule. .
Linebacker Jim Budness, a preseason All-America pick, and
safety Rich Dyer key a strong defense. The defensive line, with
three returning starters, will trouble any opposing offensive line.
Running back Shelby Gamble can break a long run as well as
any back, but an inexperienced offensive line will hinder the
running game. Quarterback John Loughery has a proven arm,
and receivers Rob Rickard and Jon Schoen provide excellent
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Georgia Tech. The good news for Tech is that 16 starters return
from the 1980 team. The bad news is that the 1980 team went
1-9-1 and lost to Carolina 33-0. Still, the Jackets should continue
to improve, and the team the Heels will play at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3
in Atlanta should provide tougher competition than last year's
Quarterback Mike Kelley finished strong last year in a tie
against Notre Dame and a close defeat to Georgia. He will throw
the ball often, usually to wide receiver Kris Kenters and tight end
Glenn Etheride. The running game is led by backs David Allen
and Ronny Cone.
On defense, the line and the secondary are weak. But the line
backer corps is strong with all four starters returning, led by last
year's leading tackier, Duane Wood. 1.
Wake Forest. The Deacons come to town Oct. 10 under new
coach Al Groh, the replacement for John Mackovic, now with
the Dallas Cowboys.
Even though quarterback Jay .Venuto has graduated, Groh '
will continue using a pass-oriented offense, replacing Venuto
with either Gary Schofield or David Webber. The wide receivers,
potential All-America selections Ken Duckett and Wayne Baum
gardnerare good enough to make either quarterback look good.
The defense is young, but experienced with at least five soph
omores in starting positions. Although all four starters return in
the secondary, it still needs improvement. Linebacker Joel Trip
lett is considered among the best in the ACC.
N.C. State. The Heels go for their third win in a row against
the Wolfpack with a 1 p.m. game Oct. 17 in Raleigh.
Coach Monte Kiffin has a defense with few weak points. All
four starters return in the secondary, as do Donnie LeGrande
and Eric Williams, starters in 1979 but redshirts last year. Robert
Abraham anchors a strong linebacker corps.
Kiffin has switched the offense to the I-formation, although
he may not have the running backs to take advantage of it. But
quarterback Tol Avery returns and should connect with receiver
Mike Quick to make one of the ACC's best passing combinations.
South Carolina. The Fighting Gamecocks lost Heisman Trophy
winner George Rogers, but they still may be the Heels' toughest
non-conference opponent this year. They play Carolina Oct. 24,
in Kenan Stadium. .
Rogers' replacement will -be senior running back Johnny
Wright, who ran for 481 yards last season. Coach Jim Carlen has
six quarterbacks to choose from, but few with any experience.
The offense's strong point is the line, where three starters return,
including tackle Chuck Slaughter.
The defense was hurt less by graduation than the offense. The
linebackers are a question mark, but the defensive line and sec
ondary is talented and experienced.
Maryland. The Terrapins, last year's ACC runner-up to North
Carolina, will entertain Carolina at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in College
Maryland lost standout placekicker Dale Castro and lacks an
experienced quarterback, but tailback Charlie Wysocki, who
ran for 1,359 yards last year, is back to lead the offense. The of
fensive line, which has three returning starters to open the holes
Tor Wysocki, should be strong.
The defense is young, which may pose problems because of
Coach Jerry Claiborne's complex "wide-tackle six" defensive
formation. But returning starters Joe Wilkins and Mike Muller
provide experience at linebacker.
Clemson. Experience will not be a problem for the Tigers.
Eighteen starters return, including every member of last year's
offense. The Tigers play Carolina at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 . in Kenan
Homer Jordan, who broke Steve Fuller's sophomore passing
records last year, returns as quarterback. The ground game will
also be strong with Chuck McSwain starting at fullback. The of
fensive line is solid. ' ' .
The defense will be just as talented with linebacker Jeff Davis,
a preseason All-America pick, leading the way. Coach Danny
Ford has 10 candidates for the four secondary positions, any of
whom can do a fine job.
Virginia. The Cavaliers host Carolina at 1 :30 p.m. Nov. 14 in
The Wahoos are cheering about their defensive unit, where
linebacker Stuart Anderson and safety Pat Chester will lead a
unit that returns eight starters. Coach Dick Bestwick has installed
a new 4-3 defense.
The offense was hurt by graduation, particularly on the line,
where only tackle Dave Sullivan returns. Todd Kirtley gives Vir
ginia a strong passing game and will have good receivers to throw
to. Tailback Quentin Walker leads the Virginia ground game.
Duke. The Blue Devils have not defeated Carolina since 1973.
Duke gets another chance at 1 :30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Durham in the
last regular-season game.
The Blue Devils' hopes depend on the passing of quarterback
Ben Bennett, last year's ACC rookie of the year. Bennett will
pass to returning starters Cedric Jones, Chris Castor and Ron
Frederick. The running game was weak last year, but Coach Red
Wilson hopes fullback Greg Boone can help balance the offense.
The Blue Devils return a strong front line and linebacker unit
headed by Jimmy Tyson and Emmett Tilley. But that team will
have to do better than it did in 1980, when it held only three op
ponents to less than two touchdowns.
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last season with a knee injury, is expected to contend for both
the free safety and punting positions.
Sharpe is now taking part in contact drills for the first time since
the injury, so his status as a contributor is uncertain.
Senior kicking specialist Jeff Hayes is also in the running for
punter. "I have been kicking and punting well lately," Hayes
said. "But Chuck (Sharpe) has been practicing too, and he is
punting real well."
"Jeff is a power punter, but he is erratic," said Chuck Priefer,
defensive line and speciality team coach. "The only thing that
could keep him from being the starting punter is consistency.
When he catches one, though, he is as good as anyone in
Priefer said Sharpe has been improving but that his technique
still needs work.
The coaches are looking for 40-yard punts with a hang time of
4.2 seconds. "Good coverage and good hang time are so impor
tant in field position," Priefer said. "It's going to be more impor
tant this year because we are going to have a younger team. Our
defense relies on a great punter and great coverage," ;r, to
But the two players the defense may rely on most this year are
linebacker Darrcll Nicholson and outside linebacker Calvin
Daniels. Both seniors have been selected as preseason All-ACC
players, and Nicholson may be UNC's next All-America selection.
Nicholson, who begins his fourth season as a starter, always
seems to be around the ball and is considered one of the hardest
hitters in college football. Daniels had a good year last season, but
was overshadowed by All-America Taylor. This year, coaches say
he may be the big-play man in the Carolina defense.
The other returning defensive starters are linebacker Lee Shaffer
and defensive backs Bill Jackson and Greg Poole, who will also
return punts. .
With 12 starters returning on offense and defense, Carolina has
been picked by coaches and ACC sportswriters as the team to win
the conference. '
"Polls are educated guesses at best. They don't mean a thing,"
Crum said, "I think we have the potential to be a very good pro
gram and nationally recognized. But the balance in our own con
ference is excellent. We are by no means dominant."
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Wolverines favored in polls
The University of Michigan Wolverines
are favored to be the No. I college football
team in the nation by leading football pub
lications. Street & Smith, Game Plan, Football
Illustrated and Playboy all put Coach Bo
Schembechler's squad at the top of their
North Carolina is picked No. 8 by
Street & Smith, No. 9 by Football Illus
trated, No. 10 by Playboy and No. 15 by
Game Plans Game Plan has Clemson
ranked No. 19.
Last season Playboy picked UNC sev
enth, Street & Smith and Football Illus
trated had UNC tenth, and Game Plan
chose UNC No. 14. The Tar Heels were
No. 9 and No. 10 in the two wire service
polls at the close of the 1980 season.
Southern Cal is picked second in the
Street & Smith and Playboy polls. Notre
Dame is third in polls by Street & Smith,
Game Plan and Football Illustrated. Ok
lahoma second and third, respectively,
in Game Plan and Playboy, while Texas is
the No. 2 choice, of Football Illustrated.
Last year Michigan surprised pollsters,
many of whom did not have the Wolverines
in the top 10 or even 15. But after the team
went 10-2 and finished strong with a Rose
Bowl victory, Michigan has been picked
With 15 starters and 46 lettermen return
ing to play football at Klrchigan, it seems
that Schembechler has evejything going
for him. The Wolverines have perhaps five
All-Americas returning, including tailback
Butch Woolfolk, who rushed for 1,041
yards last season, and receiver Anthony
Carter, who has caught 21 touchdowns in
two years. ' .
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