Dinner and a show
Resident drama critic
Patricia Green reviews
Equus, the current PRC
box office attraction.
See page 2. The Peking
food to tantalize exotic
taste buds. See page 3
for Vaughn Ramsey's
UNC's cross country
team is anticipating a
next weekend. See
Skip Foreman's story
on page 6. Other sports
pages 7 and 8.
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Friday, October 21, 1977, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
77ie battle of the Carolinas
By GENE I PCHIRCH
he Battle of the Carolinas could be
decided down in those trenches where
helmets are only inches apart and great plays
go scarcely noticed.
When South Carolina comes into Kenan
Stadium Saturday, it brings with it a weak
offensive line which is expected to line up
across from a strong, intimidating, good
Carolina delensive front line.
Some would argue that the two teams
probably will be even since Carolina's
offensive line is young and inexperienced.
Wrong, says Gamecock coach J im Carlen.
"We just don't have a quality line," Carlen
said from Columbia this week. "We're just
not that good. North Carolina has a young
offensive line. We're playing juniors and
That is the reason, Carlen said,"that when
his Gamecocks got in a third-down-and-one-situation
on the goalline against Georgia,
they had to settle for a field goal.
"What happens is the running backs get
the credit when they pick up the yards,"
Carlen said, "and the line gets the blame
when they don't. We just don't have a quality
line which can knock the holes open for the
This, however, doesn't mean that
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Carolina's defense has given every opponent this season some steel wall asT. K. McDaniels grabs him around the legs while
problems and South Carolina Saturday should be no Ron Broadway (70), Ken Sheets (89) and Dave Simmons (84)
exception. Here N.C. State running back Rickey Adamsfinds a provide support. Staff photo by Allen Jernigan.
Curry adds spice to defense
By KEITH JONES
One of the highlights, if not the highlight of this year's UNC
football team has been the outstanding play of its defense. This
year's unit is loaded with possible All-ACC candidates, end Kenny
Sheets, safety Alan Caldwell and tackle Dee Hardison to name a
few. But one name you don't hear that often is that of the strong
side linebacker Buddy Curry.
Curry has played outstanding football this year after making the
starting unit as a freshman midway through last season. His first
start came against undefeated East Carolinam when the defense
played one of its best games of the year in leading UNC to a 12-10
victory. Making numerous tackles. Curry's strong effort earned
him the starting position the rest of the season.
"I had been working pretty hard all year," Curry said. "Coach
Dooley had told me at the beginning of the year that if I worked, I
might get to play some. I wasn't too sure whether I could believe
him or not, but then the week of the ECU game, two guys got sick,
and I got my chance to start."
Since then, he has developed into one of the top linebackers in the
ACC. His excellent speed (4.8 in the 40) enables him to roam the
field chasing down enemy ballcarriers. He and his weak-side
linebacking mate, Bobby Gay, have been in on a tremendoUN
amount of tackles.
"We have a super defensive line," Curry said. "They all have great
technique and can keep the lineman from coming out and hitting
us. Bobby and I just scrape up."
Beside his usual tally of tackles. Buddy also hauled down an
interception last week off N.C. State's Johnny Evans and then ran
31 yards, plowing over Evans at the two-yard line for a touchdown.
The score gave the Heeis a 17-0 lead in the first hall and blew open
"It was one of the best feelings I've ever had. When 1 caught it, 1
just had to outrun one defender, and then I saw Evans at about the
two. I just lowered my shoulder and tried to get in. It was great!"
At 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds, Curry possibly could play pro ball if
he decides he wants to and gets an offer.
"If I get the chance I will," Curry said. "But there's really a lot of
luck involved. You've got to stay healthy, or you don't stand much
of a chance. So far I've been very lucky."
Pro ball is still one of his long range goals, however. Something
athletes talk about a lot is goals. Jack Nicklaus wanted to win the
Grand Slam in golf; Lou Brock cherished breaking Ty Cobb's
stolen base record. But what does Buddy Curry want to do?
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