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Person stands out in crowd
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
Coach John Bunting tends to
speak highly of his entire foot
ball team, but he reserves a spe
cial place for those players who
maximize limited physical gifts
through heart, determination and
Quarterback Matt Baker is one
of Bunting’s guys. Wide receiver
Wallace Wright is another, along
with linebacker Doug Justice.
And even before his 10-tackle
performance against Utah last
Saturday, defensive back Quinton
Person had become another.
“He’s such a tremendous exam
ple for all of our players of how to
play the game,” Bunting said. “He’s
The multiple-receiver sets Utah
frequently employed dictated an
increased role for Person in the
North Carolina defense.
And when cornerback Jacoby
Watkins fell sick and left the game
in the first quarter, Person’s impor
tance grew exponentially.
“Once they saw I went down
and I was out of the game, I knew
they were going to go after him,”
Watkins said. “He knew it, and
everybody else knew it.”
Utah quarterback Brian Johnson
frequently targeted Person on
the opening drive of the second
half. Three of Johnson’s first four
passes went to Person’s side of the
field, as the Utes eventually drove
the length of the field for a touch
Person didn’t allow much in the
way of yards after the catch, but he
also provided enough cushion that
each pass easily found its intended
“A lot of times, I saw it but I
was a little hesitant in breaking it
up, going to make the play when I
should,” he said.
But midway through the fourth
quarter, with the Tar Heels lead
ing by a touchdown, Person finally
found a rhythm.
First, he swatted away a pass
intended for Utah’s John Madsen.
On the very next play, Person sniffed
out a short pass to Quinton Ganther
and stopped the running back for
a 1-yard gain. Johnson fumbled on
the next play, and the Utes never
“They caught a few passes against
him,” Watkins said. “But he came
back and he stepped up and made
a couple plays to help us win.”
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North Carolina defensive back Quentin Person (3) had a breakout game
Saturday in UNC's 31-17 win against Utah, in which he recorded 10 tackles.
Person’s continued improve
ment could prove critical in the Tar
Heels’ battle against Louisville on
Quarterback Brian Brohm leads
one of the nation’s most prolific
passing attacks the sophomore
has completed 68.1 percent of his
passes for 1,218 yards and six touch
downs in four games.
“They’re a very talented, high
powered offense,” Person said. “But
we got it last week, so we’ll get it
again this week.”
His confidence shouldn’t be sur
prising he doesn’t tend to shy away
from intimidating challenges. The
sophomore stands at only 5-foot
-11 and 180 pounds, and his arsenal
doesn’t feature the blazing speed of
many Division I defensive backs.
But after a year playing pri
marily on special teams, Person
has become an integral member
of the North Carolina defensive
backfield primarily because of his
effort and heart.
And that’s exactly why he’s earned
the admiration of his coach.
“He’s not the biggest player on
our team, and he’s not the fastest
player on our team,” Bunting said.
“But I want other players to follow
his example and play like him. It’s
hard to lose ballgames if you have
players who play like that.”
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UNC faces UVa.
in title rematch
BY BRIANA GORMAN
Clad in orange and blue, the
North Carolina women’s soccer
team looked more like the Virginia
soccer team while practicing
Wednesday at Fetzer Field.
“It’s just kind of a tradition we
have,” said junior Heather O’Reilly.
“Whenever somebody comes and
plays on our home field we wear
their colors to practice the day
before to maybe get us thinking
about what we are going to be play
ing against the next day.”
What the No. 1 Tar Heels will be
facing today is the No. 5 Cavaliers
—a team that’s undefeated in ACC
play and the defending ACC cham
Last year, Virginia and UNC bat
tled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime,
but the Tar Heels eventually lost
the game, 6-5, in a sudden-death
penalty kick shootout.
It was the first time that the Tar
Heels hadn’t won the ACC title
Even though the loss was disap
pointing, senior forward Lindsay
Tarpley said the Tar Heels aren’t
looking for revenge.
“It’s anew year,” Tarpley said.
“I think we’re just focusing in on
coming in prepared and being
ready to go.”
The Tar Heels will need a strong
offensive and defensive showing
today if they want to defeat the
Cavaliers. UVa. (9-2-1, 4-0 in the
ACC) is in the midst of a six-game
winning streak and hasn’t given up
a goal in five games.
The shutouts are a credit to the
UVa. defense and junior goalkeep
er Christina de Vries, who was the
keeper in the penalty shootout last
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year against UNC.
Not only do the Cavaliers pre
vent goals, but they have a formi
dable middle line.
“They have, in my opinion, one
of the best midfields in the colle
giate game,” said UNC coach Anson
Dorrance. “All their midfielders
are quality players, and they’re all
capable of giving us all kinds of
North Carolina (12-0-0,4-0) on
the other hand has been more of a
second-half team this season, scoring
32 of its 51 goals in the time frame.
O’Reilly leads the Tar Heels in
goals, with 11 already this season.
“It’s good that we’re a second
half team, but we’re also a first half
team,” Tarpley said. “We’ve done a lot
of great things in the first half. We
might not be finishing our chances
as much in the first half right now,
but I think that will come.”
But the UNC players and coach
agree that tonight’s game will be
a memorable matchup of two tal
“They’ve shut a lot of teams out,
and I think they’ve shut out four
conference opponents in a row,
so we’re going to be challenged by
them and all their lines and all over
the field,” Dorrance said. “It’s going
to be, I think, an immensely enter
taining game for people to come
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