Gameday: NC State vs. North Carolina

Fresh off wins over Duke and Wake Forest, NC State (4-6) faces North Carolina (7-3) looking to finish 4-0 against in-state opponents. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00, and the game will be televised on Raycom.

NC State (4-6) vs. North Carolina (7-3)
Saturday, November 21, 2008
12:00 pm (EST), Raycom
Chapel Hill, NC
Kenan Stadium

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NC STATE VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA
This will be the 98th meeting in I-40 series between the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels that began in 1894. It is the Wolfpack's oldest rivalry among ACC teams and the fourth-most played series in the ACC. When the series began, the two teams played home-and-home for several years (1894, 1899 and 1901). The series began on an annual basis in 1919 through 1943 and then after a three-year hiatus, the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels have played every year since 1947 with one exception. In 1952, the game between the two teams was canceled because of a polio outbreak on UNC's campus.

The Tar Heels hold a 63-28-6 overall mark over the Wolfpack, including a 34-16- 2 advantage in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels' lead in the series is just seven games - 30-23 - in ACC matchups all-time.

RECENT HISTORY OF THE SERIES
NC State has lost 11 of the last 15 matchups to UNC, but the series is tied at four wins each in the last decade. Five of the Pack's last six losses to UNC have been by margins of eight points or less, while NC State has won by double-digit margins in three of the Pack's last four wins. The margin was just four last season, (31-27) but NC State won by 13 in 2003, 17 in 2002 and 18 in 2000.

WILSON EFFICIENT UNDER CENTER
Quarterback Russell Wilson has put up impressive numbers in his young career despite missing two full games, and most of the season opener, with injuries. Wilson is second overall and leads all freshman in the ACC in passing efficiency at 127.0. That mark ranks fourth nationally among all freshman signal callers and would rank 11th all-time in school history for a single season if the season ended today.

Wilson has been even better over his last six starts, passing for all 12 of his touchdowns and not throwing an interception in that span. His performance over the last six games translates to an impressive 135.74 passer efficiency rating.

WILSON NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, in NC State's upset win over Wake Forest. He completed 16 of 33 pass attempts and also carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. He was NC State's leading rusher for the game and was responsible for all three of the Wolfpack's touchdowns and 221 yards of total offense.

It was his first Rookie of the Week honor, but the redshirt freshman won ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors after the win against then-No. 15 East Carolina.

WILSON HAS 175 ATTEMPT STREAK WITHOUT A PICK
Russell Wilson has an active streak of 175 straight passing attempts without throwing an interception, the second-longest streak in school history for a single season. That streak spans Wilson's last six games, as his last pass attempt at Clemson was picked off. That is the longest such streak for a Wolfpack quarterback without an interception since Jaime Barnette went 179 attempts in 1998.

Among active NCAA quarterbacks, that mark ranks fifth and is the longest active streak in the NCAA.

On the season, Wilson has just one interception, the fewest in the nation among qualifying quarterbacks who rank in the NCAA top-100 for passing, passing yards per- game, total passing yards and/or passing efficiency.

WILSON HAS TOP-10 RUSHING DAY
Wilson has obviously performed well as a passer, but the versatile quarterback can also move the ball with his legs. He ran for 69 yards on 14 attempts against Wake, including a four-yard touchdown. The 69 yards rank 10th all-time at NC State for rushing yards by quarterback in a single game (dating back to 1970).

O'BRIEN VERSUS DAVIS
Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien and Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis have met five times in their careers as head coaches, with Davis holding a 4-1 advantage.

Davis won all four meetings between the Miami Hurricanes and Boston College Eagles while the two coaches were at their former collegiate coaching posts. O'Brien won the meeting last season in Raleigh, 31-27, between the two coaches at their current schools.

Three of the previous five meetings have been decided by four points or less, a 45-44, double overtime Miami win in 1997, a 31-28 Miami win in 1999 and NC State's four point win in 2007. Miami won 35-17 in 1998 and 52-6 in 1999 when the Hurricanes were ranked No. 2 nationally.

O'BRIEN AGAINST IN-STATE OPPONENTS
Not quite two full years into his Wolfpack coaching career, head coach Tom O'Brien has found success on the field and off with his team. One of the areas that has been particularly strong has been the play against in-state rivals. O'Brien has posted a 5-1 mark against teams from the state of North Carolina, including a perfect 3-0 mark at home.

That 5-1 mark is tied for the best record against in-state opponents to start a Wolfpack coaching career over their first two seasons, tying Lou Holtz, Dick Sheridan and Chuck Amato. The Pack won at East Carolina, 34-20, in 2007, at home against UNC, 31-27, and lost at Wake Forest, 38-18.

So far in 2008 the Wolfpack has defeated all three in-state rivals, taking down then-No. 15 ECU in overtime, 30-24, winning at Duke, 27-17, and this past week against Wake Forest, 21-17.

PACK TALENT HOME GROWN
From the day he took the job at NC State, Tom O'Brien and his staff made a commitment to sign the top talent in the state of North Carolina. The 2008 Wolfpack roster is made of up 60 players who call the state of North Carolina home, including 17 players our of the 44 listed on the two-deep. Thirteen of those 17 are on the offensive side of the ball.

Eight of the top 30 recruits in the state (according to rivals.com) signed to don the red and white in 2008 - three more than any other school (Virginia Tech signed five of the state's top 30 players). The Pack also landed three of the top six North Carolina prospects.

NC State's 2008 signing class ranked higher than any school in the state according to both rivals.com and scout.com.

TWELVE INJURED STARTERS MISS TIME IN 2008
NC State's injury troubles were well documented in 2007, with 13 starters missing time in 44 total games, and six starters missing multiple games.

So far during 2008, NC State has had 12 starters - including projected starters - miss playing time because of injury for a total of 60 games. All 12 of the players have each missed multiple games because of injury. Those fortunes have reversed course over the last two games - wins over Duke and Wake Forest - as NC State has had most of the starters back in the lineup with the exception of four guys - Toney Baker, Donald Bowens, Matt Kushner and Javon Walker - who are all out for the season.

In fact, for the first two weeks all season, NC State has had zero players listed on its Thursday injury report heading into that week's game.

LACK OF VETERAN EXPERIENCE
Only three NC State football players on the current roster have earned three letters heading into this season: Curtis Crouch, Andre Brown and J.C. Neal.

In addition to that, only nine players - including seven starters - have 1,000+ snaps in their career. To put that into perspective, over the last three seasons (2005- 07) NC State has averaged 702 offensive snaps a year and 835 defensive snaps a year.

OFFENSE ROUNDING INTO SHAPE
Despite a recent four-game losing streak that was snapped with the win at Duke, NC State's offense has been consistently improving over the last few games. NC State's offense is averaging almost six more points and 42 more rush yards over the last five games.

In addition, the three losses during that stretch were by a combined 19 points. NC State had over 150 yards rushing as a team in three straight games, the first time that has happened since 2002. The team rushed for 149 yards against Wake Forest.

As noted earlier, Russell Wilson's play at quarterback is a main component in the recent improvement of the offense, as he has started the last five games. In the first five games, he started and played in only three games - the win over #15 East Carolina, the loss at Clemson and the loss at South Carolina when he played just over one quarter before being knocked out of the game with a concussion.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Senior running back Andre Brown has been a solid all-purpose back for NC State in his career. He became just the 10th player in school history to amass 2,000+ career rushing yards after running for 73 yards in the win over No. 15 ECU, including the last 26 yards in overtime and the game-winning 10-yard scamper.

He now has 2,326 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, both good for ninth in school history. Brown needs 154 yards to move into eighth all-time at NC State in rushing yards.

Brown also ranks 12th in school history with 3,229 all-purpose yards, 148 yards short of 11th place.

He is just the fifth NC State player to have 2,000+ rushing yards and 500+ receiving yards in a career, joining standouts Ted Brown, Willie Burden, Ray Robinson and T.A. McClendon.

The senior from Greenville, N.C. ranks second in the ACC among active players in career yards and is tied for third in career rushing touchdowns.

GRAHAM ALREADY BREAKING RETURN RECORDS
Freshman wideout T.J. Graham has instantly added speed to the Wolfpack. Graham is returning punts and kicks for NC State and his 852 yards is a NC State school record for a single season and already ranks eighth for a career.

He ranks third in kick returns and fifth in punt returns in the ACC.

Against BC, Graham returned his first kickoff for a touchdown, a school-record 100-yard sprint.

Graham also ranks third in the ACC in all-purpose yards at 113.9 yards-per-game, the top mark for all freshmen in the ACC and the ninth-best freshman mark nationally. He has had over 100 yards in kickoff return yardage in five games, including 163 kickoff return yards against USF, the third most in school history for a single game and the second highest total for a freshman. Only Greg Golden's school record effort of 175 yards against Pittsburgh in 2001 bested Graham's total.

Graham won the North Carolina 4-A title in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 10.44 and 20.82, respectively. He also posted the nation's fastest time in the 200 meters at one point during the season. In 2007 while at Wakefield HS in Raleigh, Graham finished third nationally in the 100 meters at the Nike Nationals.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Four of the first five teams NC State played this season were ranked at some point this season, and the Wolfpack has played the nation's No. 9 toughest schedule according to the USA Today/Sagarin Rankings this week.

NC State was the only ACC team to face four teams in the first five weeks of the season that had been ranked at some point in 2008. In fact, a NC State team had never played even three ranked opponents in the first five games of the season in school history until now.

IRVING RETURNS, PART DEUX
Nate Irving, arguably NC State's and perhaps the ACC's top defensive player through the first four games of 2008, missed the South Florida and Boston College games before returning to play 16 snaps against Florida State. He recorded two tackles in limited action before injuring an ankle and missing the remainder of the contest and the Maryland game.

Irving returned AGAIN, this time in a start against Duke. He made an immediate impact in the game, notching 10 tackles, a pass broken up and a forced fumble. He had a game-high 11 tackles against Wake Forest, including two for loss and a sack.

Irving is fifth on the team in tackles with 57, despite missing three games, and his eight tackles-for-loss are tied for first on the team. He has four games this season of double-digit tackles in his seven games played. Irving also has a team-best three interceptions, getting a pick in each of the first three games this season. The three picks are tied for the most ever for a linebacker at NC State.

HILL SCORING MORE
Entering this season, redshirt senior tight end Anthony Hill led the team and ranked in the top-15 among active players in the ACC in career catches, grabbing 61 balls. Despite the high number of catches, Hill had just one touchdown catch, coming in 2005 as a true sophomore.

That has changed this year, as Hill has hauled in three touchdowns on just 13 catches while being limited to just six games because of injury. His last touchdown was an eight yard grab for the game winning score against Wake Forest.

Hill now has 74 career catches for 761 yards and four touchdowns.

DEFENSE FORCING TURNOVERS
Defensive coordinator Mike Archer has used his defensive schemes this season to force 10 interceptions and 17 total turnovers through 10 games. Last season, the defense had 10 interceptions and 16 total turnovers.

Seven of the 10 interceptions have come from players who had zero career picks coming into the season. DeAndre Morgan, Jimmaul Simmons (on his first career play), Nate Irving and Justin Byers had their first career interceptions against USC.

Jeremy Gray had his fourth career interception against William & Mary and Irving has had a pick in each of the first three games this season. Byers added his second against ECU. Safety Clem Johnson has his first career INT against BC in just his second career game after missing the first four with a broken jaw. Gray added his second of the season against Wake Forest.


North Carolina Game Notes And Depth Chart


Record (7-3)

UNC National Statistical Rankings

Rushing offense...85

Passing offense...74

Total offense...93

Rushing defense...66

Passing defense...61

Total defense...57

UNC’s last game from CollegeFootballNews.com:

Maryland 17 … North Carolina 15

Chris Turner led the Terps on a 19-play drive late in the fourth quarter finishing with a 26-yard Obi Egekeze field goal for the winning points with 1:42 to play. North Carolina’s offense couldn’t manage much in the rain getting 59 of its 285 yards on a Cooter Arnold touchdown catch. The Tar Heels took an early 5-0 lead off a bad punt snap and the first of two Casey Barth field goals, but a Da’Rel Scott three-yard touchdown run and a one-yard Davin Meggett gave the Terps the lead before Barth took it back with a 28 yarder. There weren’t any points in the second half until the late field goal. Maryland held the ball for 40:29.

Player of the game: Maryland RB Da’Rel Scott ran 29 times for 129 yards and a touchdown

Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-31, 141 yds

Rushing: Da’Rel Scott, 29-129, 1 TD. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 5-43

North Carolina - Passing: Cameron Sexton, 10-24, 166 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Shaun Draughn, 13-46. Receiving: Hakeem Nicks, 3-57

What does it all mean? ... For all the athleticism and all the strong young talent UNC has amassed, it can’t come up with the consistent drives when needed because the running game has been so poor. With just 75 yards against Maryland, there wasn’t any big drive to get any momentum, while going 1-of-11 on third downs didn’t help. The ACC title could still be there for the taking by winning out and getting a little help. This night not be the last time the Tar Heels and Terps meet.

Series notes vs. NC State

•North Carolina leads the series with NC State, 63-28-6.

• The Carolina-NC State series is the fourth-most played in ACC history. Carolina is part of four of the five most played series in ACC history. Carolina and Virginia have met 111 times, followed by UNC vs. Wake Forest (103), NC State vs. Wake Forest (99), Carolina vs. NC State (96) and Carolina vs. Duke (92).

• The team that has held the rushing advantage has won 15 of the last 16 meetings. The lone exception was in 2004 when Carolina won 30-24, but was outgained on the ground, 304-164.

• Butch Davis is 1-1 against NC State. He led Miami to a 46-23 victory over NC State in the 1998 Micron PC Bowl and lost last year, 31-27.

• Butch Davis and NC State head coach Tom O’Brien are meeting for the second time as head coaches at North Carolina and NC State, respectively. Davis and O’Brien met four times from 1997 to 2000 while coaches in the Big East Conference. Davis’s Miami Hurricanes won all four games against O’Brien’s Boston College Eagles. Their first meeting was a 45-44 double-overtime thriller in Chestnut Hill in 1997.

QUICK HITS

The only three-year player in ACC history with more receiving yards than UNC’s Hakeem Nicks is former Georgia Tech first-team All-America Calvin Johnson.

North Carolina has seven wins for just the third time since 1998. The Tar Heels were 7-5 in 1998 and 8-5 in 2001.

Carolina is +16 in turnover margin in its seven wins and -6 in its two losses.

The only two games Carolina did not pick off a pass came in losses at Virginia and at Maryland.

Carolina leads the ACC with six non-offensive touchdowns. The Tar Heels have scored on four interception returns, one punt return and one blocked punt recovery in the end zone.

The Tar Heels have lost three games this season by a total of eight points.

North Carolina is bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.

PASS EFFICIENCY BATTLE

Saturday’s game vs. NC State shapes up as a battle of two of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. Because he doesn’t qualify for the league minimum of playing in 75 percent of his team’s games, North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton’s league-best 132.7 pass efficiency rating does not show up in the weekly rankings. Sexton has completed 90 of 162 attempts for 1,230 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. His streak of 80 consecutive pass attempts without an interception come to an end last week at Maryland when he was picked off on UNC’s final offensive possession. NC State’s Russell Wilson has not thrown an interception in his last 175 pass attempts and has a pass efficiency rating of 127.0.

North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop considers pass efficiency a quarterback’s most important statistic. Tar Heel quarterback’s T.J. Yates (164.4) and Sexton (132.7) rank as the league’s most efficient passers. Combined, Yates and Sexton have a pass efficiency of 142.2, more than 13 points ahead of the league leader. As a team, North Carolina leads the league with a 136.8 pass efficiency rating.

NICKS A CANDIDATE FOR ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS

ACC Player of the Year candidate Hakeem Nicks is one of the top receivers in the country. The 6-2, 210-pound junior ranks first in the ACC in receiving yards (91.1/game), third in receptions (5.30/game) and fifth in all-purpose yards (108.4). This season, he has 53 receptions for 911 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had four rushes for 39 yards and one touchdown.

The Charlotte, N.C., native has at least one catch in 23 straight games. He also has recorded a catch in 32 of his 33 career contests. The only game he played and did not catch a pass was vs. NC State in 2006. He has had at least two receptions in 30 of 33 games. This season he has caught at least three passes in every game.

Nicks is Carolina’s all-time leading receiver with 2,529 career yards.

After being held without a catch in the first half vs. Georgia Tech, Nicks had three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the second half of a 28-7 victory. His final catch gave him the UNC career receiving yardage record with 2,472 yards, surpassing the 2,447 yards compiled by Corey Holliday from 1989-93. Nicks’ touchdown catch was the 17th of his career (third all-time at UNC) and his eighth this season, which is tied for second on the Tar Heel single-season list behind Marcus Wall (9 in 1994).

In Carolina’s 45-24 victory over No. 23 Boston College, Nicks became the first Tar Heel to score four touchdowns in a game since 2006. He had three touchdown receptions (26, 40 and 43 yards) in the second quarter and scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. Nicks finished with eight catches for 139 yards receiving and three carries for 31 yards. It was the first time he had three receiving touchdowns in a game.

Nicks has four 100-yard receiving games in 2008 and a school-record nine in his career. He set the record with nine catches for 141 yards in a 29-24 win over Notre Dame. Two of Nicks’ eight 100-yardgames have come against the Fighting Irish. He posted a career-best 171 yards on six catches at Notre Dame in 2006 and has 312 yards on 15 catches in two games against the Irish.

Nicks also had 100-yard games this year against Miami (5 for 133 yards and a touchdown), McNeese State (6 for 110 yards) and Boston College (8 for 139yards and three touchdowns). He has four career catches of 70 or more yards, including a 71-yarder against McNeese and a 74-yard touchdown catch at Miami.

In the UNC career record book, Nicks ranks first in receiving yards with 2,529 and is second in receptions with 166. He is 12 receptions shy of breaking the UNC career record held by Jarwarski Pollock (177 from 2002-05). He also needs 80 receiving yards to break the single-season yardage record held by Sam Aiken (990 in 2003).

Nicks earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2007 after setting a single-season school record with 74 receptions for 958 yards and five touchdowns. He is on pace to become the first Tar Heel to post a 1,000-yard receiving season.

CAROLINA COMEBACKS

North Carolina has trailed in six of its seven wins this season. The only time the Tar Heels have not trailed was in a 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech. Three times this year the Tar Heels have rallied from deficits of at least 10 points. Carolina trailed 24-14 at Miami before scoring twice in the fourth quarter for a 28-24 win. UNC fell behind, 17-6, vs. Notre Dame, but rallied for a 29-24 victory. Boston College jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but Carolina reeled off 24 second-quarter points and went on to a 45-24 victory. Interestingly, Carolina led most of the way in both of its losses to Virginia Tech and Virginia. The Tar Heels led the Hokies, 17-3, in the third quarter, but surrendered 17 points in the final 16:09 to fall 20-17. Against Virginia, Carolina led the entire game before falling in overtime 16-13.

Three wins over RANKED TEAMS

North Carolina has won three games over ranked teams this season, including No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 24 Connecticut and No. 23 Boston College.

All three wins came at home, marking the first season in school history that Carolina has earned three victories over ranked teams. Carolina also posted three victories against ranked teams in 1992, but only two came at home.

North Carolina’s average margin of victory against ranked teams this season is 22.6 points (UConn by 26, BC by 21, Georgia Tech by 21).

Tar Heels lead the nation in interceptions

North Carolina’s defense ranks second in the nation with 18 interceptions (tied with Boise State). The Tar Heels have intercepted at least one pass in eight of 10 games this season and have had multiple interceptions in six games, including a season-high four at Rutgers. The only two games Carolina did not pick off a pass were at Virginia and at Maryland. Safety Trimane Goddard has six interceptions this season and 11 in his career. He is one of seven players tied for most interceptions in the country. Goddard’s six interceptions are the most by a Tar Heel since Dre’

Bly set the school record with 11 in 1996. He is now tied for fourth on the single-season list, and his 11 career interceptions are tied for fifth in UNC history. Eight different players have at least one interception this year for the Tar Heels, including Goddard, LB Mark Paschal, CB Kendric Burney, S Deunta Williams, CB Charles Brown, LB Quan Sturdivant, LB Bruce Carter and DT Marvin Austin.

Carolina has established a single-season school record with four interception returns for touchdowns (Carter at Rutgers, Austin vs. Connecticut, Sturdivant vs. Notre Dame and Goddard vs. Boston College). The previous record of three was set in 1994. UNC also has set a school record with 430 interception return yards. The previous record was 341 in 1972 (21 INTs).

Eighth in country in turnover margin

North Carolina is second in the ACC and eighth in the country in turnover margin at +1.20. In its seven wins, Carolina is +16 in turnover margin. In their three losses, the Tar Heels are -6 (-2 in a 20-17 loss to Virginia Tech, -3 in 16-13 loss at Virginia and -1 in a 17-15 loss at Maryland). Carolina has forced 25 turnovers, including 18 interceptions, and has given up 13 (6 fumbles, 7 INTs).

Carolina had three interceptions in a 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College, including a 51-yard INT return for a touchdown by safety Trimane Goddard. It was the Tar Heels’ sixth non-offensive touchdown. Carolina forced five turnovers and committed none in the 29-24 win over Notre Dame. LB Quan Sturdivant picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown and Deunta Williams added another interception later in the half. UNC also recovered a season-high three fumbles against the Irish (Aleric Mullins, LeCount Fantroy and Goddard). The five turnovers were the most turnovers forced by the Tar Heels since Utah had five in 2005.

Against Connecticut, Carolina picked off three passes for the second time this year (4 vs. Rutgers) and gave up just one turnover.

In the win at Rutgers, Carolina recorded interceptions from cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and linebacker Bruce Carter. It was the first time Carolina had picked off four passes in a game since the Miami win in 2007. Carolina finished with 158 interception return yards, including a 66-yard touchdown return by Carter and a 57-yard return by Sturdivant. Against the Hokies, three of Carolina’s four turnovers came inside the Tar Heels’ 35-yard line (fumble at the 38, fumble at the 32, interception at the 30). It was the first time UNC lost four turnovers in a game since it had four at South Florida last season.

Carolina has not finished in positive numbers in turnover margin since 1999. Carolina was 96th in the country in 2007 and 112th in 2006.

Four interceptions for touchdowns

North Carolina is making the most of its interceptions this season. The Tar Heels have returned a single-season school record four interceptions for touchdowns.

Safety Trimane Goddard set the record with a 51-yard return for a score against Boston College. Others with INTs for touchdowns include are linebacker Bruce Carter vs. Rutgers (66 yards), defensive tackle Marvin Austin vs. Connecticut (23 yards) and linebacker Quan Sturdivant vs. Notre Dame (32 yards). The previous record of three was set in 1994.

Tar Heels lead league in non-ofensive touchdowns

North Carolina leads the league and ranks fifth in the country with six non-offensive touchdowns. The Tar Heels have scored four times on interception returns, once on blocked punt recovery in the end zone and once on a punt return. That is the most non-offensive touchdowns in school history.

National Leaders in Non-Offensive Touchdowns

8 - Alabama (3 PR, 4 INT, 1 FR)

Kansas State (5 PR, 2 FR, 1 INT, 1 KR)

7 - California (3PR, 3INT, 1 FR)

Florida (2 PR, 4 KR, 1 INT)

6 - North Carolina (4 INT, 2PR)

Louisville (1 PR, 1KR, 4FR)

Boston College (3 INT, 2 PR, 1 FR)

Auburn (1PR, 1 INT, 2 KR, 2 FR)

Louisiana Tech (2 PR, 3 INT, 1 FR)

5 - Texas

Missouri

Rice

Second half scoring

North Carolina has outscored its opponents by 76 points in the second half this season, including a 50-point advantage in the third quarter. The Tar Heels have outscored their opponents in the first half by 36 points, but have a three-point disadvantage in the first quarter.

Carter throws block party

Sophomore linebacker Bruce Carter has a knack for blocking kicks. The sophomore linebacker leads the nation with five blocked kicks, including four punt blocks and one field goal block.

Carter set an ACC single-game record by blocking three punts – all in the second quarter - in the win over No. 24 Connecticut. Carter also tied a school record for blocked punts in a season with four to match Bracey Walker’s 1993 total.

Carter may have done something no other player in NCAA history has accomplished - blocking four consecutive punts, including the last one at Miami and UConn’s first three. He got a piece of the final punt in the win at Miami to help set up the game-winning score. The NCAA does not keep records on consecutive punt blocks.

Carter blocked a field goal in Carolina’s game at Virginia to raise his season blocked kicks total to five.

DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

Left Tackle

72 - Kyle Jolly (6-6, 300, Jr.)

71 - Carl Gaskins (6-5, 295, Fr.*)

Left Guard

70 - Alan Pelc (6-6, 325, So.)

76 - Bryon Bishop (6-4, 310, Sr.)

Center

69 - Lowell Dyer (6-4, 290, Jr.)

73 - Aaron Stahl (6-3, 290, Jr.)

Right Guard

79 - Calvin Darity (6-3, 310, Sr.)

73 - Aaron Stahl (6-3, 290, Jr.)

Right Tackle

75 - Garrett Reynolds (6-7, 310, Sr.)

66 - Mike Ingersoll (6-5, 300, So.)

Tight End

89 - Richard Quinn (6-4, 260, Sr.)

33 - Christian Wilson (6-3, 235, Fr.)

Quarterback

11 - Cameron Sexton (6-1, 190, Jr.)

13 - T.J. Yates (6-3, 215, So.)

7 - Mike Paulus (6-5, 215, Fr.*)

Fullback

4 - Bobby Rome (5-11, 245, Jr.)

37 - Curtis Byrd (6-1, 230, So.) - WO

Tailback

20 - Shaun Draughn (6-0, 205, So.)

32 - Ryan Houston (6-2, 250, So.)

Wide Receiver

88 - Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 210, Jr.)

8 - Greg Little (6-3, 220, So.)

3 - Kenton Thornton (6-5, 230, Jr.)

Wide Receiver

1 - Brooks Foster (6-3, 205, Sr.)

2 - Cooter Arnold (5-10, 190, Sr.)

DEFENSE

Left Defensive End

92 - E.J. Wilson (6-2, 280, Jr.)

90 - Quinton Coples (6-6, 245, Fr.)

Left Defensive Tackle

9 - Marvin Austin (6-3, 300, So.)

91 - Tydreke Powell (6-3, 300, Fr.*)

Right Defensive Tackle

93 - Cam Thomas (6-4, 330, Jr.)

97 - Aleric Mullins (6-3, 300, Jr.)

98 - Darrius Massenburg (6-4, 300, So.)

Right Defensive End

42 - Robert Quinn (6-5, 260, Fr.)

94 - Michael McAdoo (6-7, 245, Fr.)

95 - Greg Elleby (6-5, 290, So.)

Will Linebacker

52 - Quan Sturdivant (6-2, 235, So.)

47 - Zach Brown (6-2, 220, Fr.)

Mike Linebacker

41 - Mark Paschal (6-0, 230, Sr.)

58 - Ebele Okakpu (6-2, 220, Fr.)

Sam Linebacker

54 - Bruce Carter (6-3, 230, So.)

44 - Chase Rice (6-3, 220, Sr.)

Cornerback

23 - Jordan Hemby (5-10, 185, Jr.)

12 - Charles Brown (5-10, 200, So.)

Strong Safety

31 - Trimane Goddard (5-11, 200, Sr.)

21 - Da’Norris Searcy (6-0, 200, So.)

25 - Matt Merletti (5-11, 200, So.)

Free Safety

27 - Deunta Williams (6-2, 205, So.)

10 - Melvin Williams (6-0, 195, Jr.)

28 - Jonathan Smith (6-2, 200, So.)

Cornerback

16 - Kendric Burney (5-9, 185, So.)

26 - Richie Rich (5-9, 190, Jr.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Place-kicker

11 - Casey Barth (5-11, 170, Fr.) - WO

18 - Jay Wooten (6-3, 185, Fr.*)

Punter

19 - Terrence Brown (6-3, 190, Sr.)

39 - Grant Schallock (6-7, 225, So.) - WO

Deep Snapper

69 - Lowell Dyer (6-4, 290, Jr.)

51 - Trevor Stuart (6-3, 250, So.)

61 - Mark House (6-1, 215, So.) - WO

Holder

30 - Trase Jones (6-0, 185, So.) - WO

Kickoff Return

34 - Johnny White (5-10, 205, So.)

8 - Greg Little (6-3, 220, So.)

88 - Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 210, Jr.)

Punt Return

30 - Trase Jones (6-0, 185, So.)

16 - Kendric Burney (5-9, 185, So.)

WO - denotes walk-on


NC State Two-Deep Depth Chart

2008 NC State Depth Chart
Offense
Quarterback
16Russell Wilson5-11/191Fr.*
12Harrison Beck6-2/220Jr.*
Halfback
24 Andre Brown 6-0/228Sr.
29 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/195Jr.*
Fullback
47 Taylor Gentry 6-2/215Fr.
27 Harrison Ritcher 5-11/215So.*
Wide Receiver
13Owen Spencer6-3/180So.
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180Fr.
Wide Receiver
5 Jarvis Williams 6-4/205 So.*
15 Darrell Davis 6-4/212So.*
Tight End
83 Anthony Hill 6-6/265Sr.*
84 George Bryan 6-5/265Fr.*
Left Tackle
70 Jake Vermiglio6-5/315So.
73 Julian Williams 6-5/292Jr.*
Left Guard
75 John Bedics 6-4/295Sr.*
55 Desmond Roberts6-4/295Fr.*
Center
58 Ted Larsen 6-2/295Jr.*
74 Andy Barbee6-3/310Jr.*
Right Guard
60 Meares Green6-4/306Sr.*
76 Curtis Crouch 6-5/320Sr.
Right Tackle
50 Jeraill McCuller6-7/330Jr.*
61 Matt White6-6/325Sr.*


Special Teams
Place Kicker
36Josh Czajkowski5-9/184So.*
Punter
26Bradley Pierson5-9/163Sr.*
38Jeff Ruiz6-2/185Jr.
Long Snapper
59Corey Tedder6-1/212Jr.
57Michael Maurer5-11/225Jr.
Holder
26Bradley Pierson5-9/163Sr.*
16Russell Wilson5-11/191Fr.*
Kick Returner
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180Fr.
24 Andre Brown 6-0/228Sr.
Punt Returner
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180 Fr.
29 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/195Jr.*
Defense
Left Defensive End
91 Markus Kuhn 6-5/280So.
11 Audi Augustin 6-2/250So.*
Left Defensive Tackle
94 Keith Willis Jr. 6-1/284Sr.*
96 Antoine Holmes 6-2/281Sr.
Right Defensive Tackle
49 Alan-Michael Cash 6-1/286Jr.*
95 LeRoy Burgess 6-1/300Jr.
Right Defensive End
97 Willie Young 6-4/243Jr.*
99 Jeff Rieskamp 6-3/235Fr.*
Weakside Linebacker
56 Nate Irving 6-1/225So.*
42 Audie Cole 6-5/215Fr.
Middle Linebacker
44 Ray Michel 6-0/224Jr.*
7 Sterling Lucas 6-2/220Fr.
Strongside Linebacker
34Robbie Leonard 6-0/205Sr.*
16 Ryan Goodman 6-2/205Sr.*
Cornerback
30 Jeremy Gray 6-2/188Gr.*
20 Dominique Ellis 5-11/190Fr.
Safety
14 J.C. Neal 5-11/195Sr.
32 Jimmaul Simmons 6-2/200 Fr.*
Safety
19 Clem Johnson 6-0/190 Jr.
28 Justin Byers 6-0/185Fr.*
Cornerback
21 DeAndre Morgan 5-10/170So.*
33Koyal George 5-11/175Jr.*


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