Gameday UNC Football Links

Saturday's links from around the 'net.

"Both previous games marked the emergence of a star. Syracuse freshman Donovan McNabb completed 10 of 16 passes for 120 yards and confounded UNC's defense with his scrambling ability in a 20-9 victory in Chapel Hill in '95. A year later, junior college transfer Chris Keldorf completed 22 of 33 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-10 victory at the Dome against the No. 9-ranked Orangemen that was the Heels' first victory over a top-10 -opponent in 30 years."
Heels will try to stop Rhodes
The Greensboro (NC) News and Record

"If the first game was a lesson in ball security, the second game — tonight on national television at Syracuse — offers a whole lot more, Tar Heels coach John Bunting said."
Reeling Heels test Orangemen
The Gaston Gazette

"When North Carolina plays Syracuse tonight, the Tar Heels and head coach John Bunting will be looking at a program with a level of success UNC would like to duplicate."
Hoping to keep rolling
The Raleigh (NC) News and Observer

"More than four seasons have passed since Jonathan Linton cracked the 1,000-yard barrier for UNC, and he only eclipsed it by 4 yards. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to 1993 and the (Curtis) Johnson & (Leon) Johnson backfield to find another Tar Heel above 1,000 yards rushing."
Enrollment slipping at Tailback U.
The Fayetteville (NC) Observer

"Syracuse returns to the Loud House Saturday when it plays its home opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels at 8:00 p.m. Last season the Orangemen were undefeated in the Carrier Dome for the third time since the stadium opened in 1980. Overall, SU has won seven straight at home."
Orangemen Face Tar Heels in Home Opener

"Syracuse University and North Carolina are two winless teams coming off very different losses in their openers."
Two teams fighting for one second chance
The Post Standard

"Get to know ... North Carolina receiver Sam Aiken The senior is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver who is not afraid to go over the middle and catch passes in traffic. He's also a deep threat, catching 12 passes last season for at least 20 yards and three for more than 65. Will remind SU fans of Torry Holt, the former N.C. State star who gave SU trouble in the late 1990s before graduating to the St. Louis Rams. Aiken opened last week with eight catches for 174 yards and a touchdown. Look out."
Dave Rahme's game preview
The Post Standard

"That submitted, what are we to make of the hoo-ha surrounding Damien Rhodes, Syracuse University's true freshman who is barely 18 years of age, not yet three months out of high school and apparently a cross between Ernie Davis and Albert Schweitzer? Are we to believe he can merely glide across a field, or can he walk on water? Or can Damien Rhodes, with uniform No. 1 on his back, do both?"
Rhodes draws raves, even from coaches
The Post Standard

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