There was some spectacular, more shaky and hardly any solid. Such was last Saturday for North Carolina's special teams.
Heels paying special attention to special teams
Brandon Tate will touch the football only a handful of times Saturday and will be on the field for only a few minutes, but he will be one of the biggest threats North Carolina will have for a game-breaking play.
UNC's Tate develops as return man
"Well, I'm wondering why Quinton Person, one of our best players, isn't on the field. Luckily, Quinton was standing next to me on the sidelines and he said, 'Coach, I can't go out there. I'm wearing No. 9.' I said, 'Hey, you're right.'
Shared jersey numbers can cause problems
Three games into a tough 2005 schedule, the Tar Heels are surrendering fewer yards and points while getting better pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That's helped them go from consistently ranking as one of the country's worst defenses to the middle of the national statistics.
Is Tar Heel 'D' Finally Turning The Corner?
"We can't say enough about him," Whittingham said. "He's a gamer, he's got that knack on game day. And you know what it is? It's a product of his practice habits. He works so hard in practice. There's nobody who works any harder than Casey Evans in practice."
Utes go to their 'closer'
Salt Lake Tribune
Utah will face more than North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Utes will also battle humidity for the second time this season.
Conditions were so muggy two weeks ago in a 23-20 overtime loss at Texas Christian that cramps and excessive sweating were commonplace among the Utes.
Utes are prepared to face humidity
Deseret Morning News
Julius Peppers' teammates predicted this would be the season he'd challenge the NFL's sacks record. If he's going to do it, Peppers better get moving.
Peppers getting flak for lack of sacks
"I don't feel that guilty," he said of staying away from recruiting for a day. "This is the only day I planned not to be out recruiting so I could be here. I have a great staff that's working their tails off so I can come out here and play some golf."
Williams enjoys day away from basketball