Opponent Spotlight: Felton & Gibson

Furman fullback Jerome Felton has John Bunting's respect, if for no other reason, North Carolina's defense has yielded 334 yards rushing and back-to-back 100-yard gainers in two contests.

"The big fullback is a mean dude," Bunting said of Felton, a six-foot, 248-pound bruiser who bench presses 405 pounds, squats 500 and has a 34.5-inch vertical leap.

Felton, a consensus I-AA preseason All-American, is a hard, physical back that is used out of the tailback slot in some situations. So far this season, Felton has rushed 29 times for 163 yards, and his two touchdowns lead the team.

Paladins coach Bobby Lamb said, "He is our feature back – one of the best backs we've ever had. We like to get him in some situations where he can make some plays up inside."

Tailback Cedrick Gipson currently leads Furman with 187 yards on 27 carries.

"Cedrik had a good night Saturday; he had 13 carries, 123 yards," Lamb said. "He's been playing since his freshman year. He's had to share time the previous two years, now he's our go-to-guy at tailback.

"[Felton and Gipson] are roommates. They work hard together. They're likable. I hope we can keep getting them the ball."

The Paladins' plays are called with a run-first mentality. Of their 578 yards of total offense in wins over Jacksonville State and West Georgia, 405 have come via the run.

The versatile two-headed rushing attack is not all that different from what the Tar Heels faced in the season opener against Rutgers – as UNC gave up 226 yards on 37 carries to Ray Rice and Brian Leonard.

"We're playing a team that loves to run the ball and they do it quite well," Bunting said. "We better have our big boy pads on, or will spend a long time trying to stop their running attack."

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