Here's IC's weekly trip through the depth chart of UNC's next opponent.
Reggie Ball (5-11, 192, Fr.), a four-time ACC Rookie of the Week, is a remarkably poised true freshman who earned the starting job just four weeks after arriving on campus – the first in school history to start a season opener. Ball completed 140 of 269 pass attempts for seven touchdowns. He's also thrown nine interceptions.
P. J. Daniels (5-10, 205, So.), a former walk-on who was placed on scholarship last January, is currently ranked third in the ACC in rushing. In his last five outings, he is averaging 110 yards per game. Against Florida State, Daniels ran for 113 yards on 19 carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run. Last season in the win over Carolina, Ajenavi "Ace" Eziemefe (6-1, 225, So.) stepped in for an injured Tony Hollings and ran for 136 yards. Fullback Jimmy Dixon (6-1, 215, Jr.) has moved from the tailback position.
Hugh Reilly (6-4, 285, Sr.), a preseason nominee for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, has snapped the ball on all of Tech's 603 offensive plays this season. Nat Dorsey (6-6, 330, Jr.) may be best remembered by UNC fans for his stellar play versus Julius Peppers during the 2001 meeting. Guards' Andy Tidwell-Neal (6-4, 310, Jr.) and Brad Honeycutt (6-4, 305, So.), join right tackle Kyle Wallace (6-6, 290, Jr.) to round out the offensive front.
John Paul Foschi (6-4, 270, Jr.) is known more for his dependable blocking, although he is the team's third leading receiver. Eight of his 16 catches have been for a touchdown or a first down. Backup Darius Williams (6-6, 260, Jr.) has played in all nine games and has three catches.
Left defensive end Eric Henderson (6-3, 265, So.) is averaging a sack per game, which is tops in the ACC. He was a freshman All-America and All-ACC honoree in 2002. In second year as a starter, tackle Travis Parker (6-5, 275, So.) is third on the team with 13 tackles for loss. Gerris Wilkinson (6-3, 230, So.) is a former outside linebacker that moved to end after spring practice. Tackle Mansfield Wrotto (6-3, 300, Fr.) has nine tackles, including one for loss.
Keyaron Fox (6-3, 220, Sr.) is the leading tackler on a Tech defense that ranks among the Top 25 nationally in rushing, scoring and total defense. His 111 tackles (12.3 per game) leads the ACC. Before Fox took over the distinction, Daryl Smith (6-3, 235, Sr.) led the Yellow Jackets in tackles the previous two seasons. Ather Brown (6-3, 230, Jr.) is a versatile defender that can play all three linebacker positions.
One of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, free safety James Butler (6-3, 210, Jr.) leads the ACC in interceptions with five. He sealed win over Vanderbilt when he intercepted a pass in the first possession over overtime. Corner Reuben Houston (6-0, 195, So.) intercepted a pass in the end zone against the Seminoles and returned it 47 yards to set up a touchdown. One the other corner is Jonathan Cox (5-10, 190, Sr.), who leads the team in pass breakups. Strong safety Dawan Landry (6-2, 215, So.), a former left-handed quarterback, moved to defense in 2002.
Placekicker Dan Burnett 6-2, 220, Sr.) took over the starting position this season after backing up the record-setting Luke Manget for three years. He has hit 12 of 15 field goals and ranks fourth in the ACC with 1.33 per game. Either Hal Higgins (5-10, 185, Sr.) or Andy Thomson (5-11, 195, Jr.) will do the punting.