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By TIM CROTHERS
Assistant Sports Editor
At the close of Picture Day two
weeks ago, North Carolina's junior
tailback William Humes gazed out
over the field at Kenan Stadium.
The grass was littered with Coke
cups, dropped and crushed by the
snap-happy crowd. For Humes,
these cups could have represented
tacklers scattered by the ghosts of
his predecessors Lawrence, Bryant
Make no mistake, Humes is
aware that he is filling a position
which has developed into the
trademark of the UNC football
team. MI can't help but think of it
sometimes," he said. To deal with
the pressure that tradition has
placed upon him, Humes adopts
the same straightforward approach
which is so characteristic of his
"One day, I would like to be in
that long line of great taillbacks and
I'm going to put forth 1 10 effort,"
he said, "but if it wasn't meant to
be, then IH be satisfied, 111 know
IVe done the best I could."
Two days earlier, at a press
conference, UNC Coach Dick
Crum had confirmed the worst
kept secret in Chapel Hill by
announcing that North Carolina
receivers would do more this
season than play messengers
between Crum and Kevin
Anthony. While this is certainly the
most exciting aerial news in North
Carolina since Kitty Hawk, it
appeared to be a message to Humes
and the other UNC running backs
to start practicing their pass
Crum has assured his backfield
that the new offensive scheme will
not neglect them. "If our passing
game becomes what we want it to
be," he said, "I think it will really
enhance what our runners can do."
Crum's offensive backs coach,
Bobby Cale, said the backs would
keep busy catching passes. "It may
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not be as many carries," he said,
"but it will be more receptions." But
Cale is not ruling out the possibility
that one of the North Carolina
tailbacks will continue "the tradi
tion". "We want to have another
1,000-yard rusher and I think we
can still do that," he said. "That
position will entail a star."
Reenter William Humes
. If there is to be a celebrity in
the North Carolina backfield this
season, the spotlight will most
likely shine on Humes. UNC
offensive coordinator Randy
Walker said of Humes, "he can line
up with anybody in the country."
This is high praise for a man who
only carried the ball 111 times at
UNC before this season, but
Humes may deserve it. He started
last year's N.C. State game and
rushed 27 times for 156 yards and
three touchdowns. After the game,
fans started to reminisce and
dream, but Humes was sidelined
for most of the late season with
nagging injuries. If Humes has any
chance to reach the elusive 1,000
yard plateau this season he must
Humes revealed his diversified
role in the attack . in the opener
against Navy by accounting for 1 10
yards, 57 rushing on 18 carries and
53 pass receiving on seven catches.
North Carolina redshirt fresh
man Brad Sullivan seems to be
stepping into the offense at the ideal
time. Sullivan is a breakaway
threat who ran a 6.28 in the 60
yard dash (second fastest in UNC
history), while on the track team
last year. He will split the tailback
duties with Humes, utilizing his
speed to wreak havoc as a runner
or a receiver. "Ill try to give the
team spark, try to break some big
plays," Sullivan said.
Crum plans to take advantage
of Sullivan's big play potential as
soon as possible.He needs playing
time and experience, but he's going
to be good," Crum said.
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North Carolina fullbacks were
among the first players to jump on
Crum's bandwagon when he sug
gested opening up the offense.
"Traditionally, the fullback's role
has been blocking and three yards
and a cloud of dust," starting
fullback Brad Lopp said. "This
year, 111 have the chance to get
some big yards."
Indeed, Lopp and Norman Bec
ton, UNC's fullback duo, are
excited about the chance to catch
the ball and run in the open field
for a change. They will be more
explosive as offensive threats and
more convincing as decoys. "We
don't want everybody to key on the
tailbacks all the time," Lopp said.
The fullbacks are also expected
to carry the ball more in the North
Carolina Air Show." "We aren't
going to forget about the running
game," Becton said.
Lopp took full advantage of his
rushing opportunities against
Navy. He was the leading rusher,
carrying 12 times for 72 yards,
including a 22-yard touchdown
While the backs all have visions
of touchdowns dancing in their
heads, most of this team's goals are
collective. Last season was a shock
to a group of ballplayers used to
winning and winning a lot. This
year, there is something to prove.
"I'd like to be ACC champs," Lopp
said, "I'd like to have a ring."
Back on the deserted field at
Kenan, Humes spoke of the ring.
"It's our biggest goal," he said. But
Humes is also chasing tradition.
Standing in the end zone, he is
watching Lawrence and Bryant and
Horton. They have run for 1,000
yards in each of the last eight
William Humes wants to be a