Rhodes, Jordan Hobbled in Loss

DURHAM, N.C. --- With the injury bug hitting the team hard, Jordan was worn down by cross-town rival Southern on Friday night, ultimately losing 26-20. Star tailback Jerrell Rhodes was among the walking wounded.

"I was trying to fight through my ankle pains and a little congestion," Rhodes said. "I tried to put my heart out there."

Rhodes' poor condition was never more evident than on the kick return to open up the second half. The kickoff dribbled back to Jordan's one-yard line, where Rhodes picked it up and weaved in and out of traffic to daylight at mid-field. However, Rhodes noticeably ran out of steam and was tackled from behind by the kicker at Southern's 45-yard line.

"I'm just getting off a cold…. Our personal trainer said I have congestion right here," Rhodes said pointing to his upper chest. "That's why I was feeling like I was cramping in my chest. It was hard to breathe."

Rhodes, who uncharacteristically pulled himself out of the game regularly for a breather, missed the proceeding drive.

The night didn't start badly for Rhodes and Jordan. Following a catch that Rhodes took 26 yards deep into Southern territory, the Falcons built a 10-0 lead when Steven Yun's 26-yard field goal followed a 20-yard touchdown run by Rhodes.

"It was great blocking," Rhodes said of his touchdown run. "I got to the second level and I had to make a play."

Rhodes ended the evening with 76 rushing yards on 23 carries. He also attempted three passes, all of which were incomplete with one being intercepted on Jordan's final offensive play of the game.


Nearly a week and a half ago, Rhodes verbally committed to North Carolina.

"I'm still very excited, I can't wait to get over to UNC," Rhodes said. "That's where my heart is at. I can't wait to play for Coach [Kenny] Browning and Coach Butch Davis."

Rhodes wasn't able to visit UNC last weekend as was planned. However, he and his mother will be in attendance for the UNC-Notre Dame game.

"[I want her to see] the crowd atmosphere – she'll really like that," Rhodes said. "And I want her to meet the coaches – they're really nice people. She'll be very pleased with what she'll see."

After the season, Rhodes and Browning will schedule his official visit, Rhodes said. UNC will be the only school he officially visits.


Several other UNC targets were on the opposite sideline of Rhodes: senior wideouts Nick Jones and Reese Wiggins, and juniors A.J. Marshall and Anthony Creecy.

Jones caught four passes for 54 yards including a nine-yard touchdown.

Wiggins recorded six catches for 51 yards and a 25-yard score. He also rushed three times for 39 more yards.

Marshall, a cornerback, registered four tackles including one for a loss. He also handled punts for Southern.

Despite leaving the game in the third quarter in what was termed a minor leg injury, Creecy, who play receiver, caught four passes for 65 yards.

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