McAdoo Makes Offensive Impact

DURHAM, N.C. --- Throughout the season, Jared McAdoo's impact has been on defense, where he's pressured the opposing quarterback and stymied the opposition's running game. Friday night, though, McAdoo contributed to the offensive attack, catching two touchdown passes as Chapel Hill defeated Jordan, 48-20.

"Whatever I can do to help my team," McAdoo said. "It feels good to come out, play as a team. I'll block, catch – whatever you need me to do."

On the night, McAdoo, in a part-time offensive role, caught three passes for 57 yards.

On the other side of the line-of-scrimmage, McAdoo and his defensive line mates continued their usual dominance. They held Jerrell Rhodes, who like McAdoo is verbally committed to North Carolina, to just 53 yards on 16 carries.

"Their defensive line was strong," Rhodes said. "They were just strong and able to get penetration. They were calling out just about every play [on our] offense; that was another advantage they had on us."

Most of Rhodes' yards came on a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

"To contain him, we just run sideline-to-sideline and flow to the ball," McAdoo said. "We had 11 hats on the ball."

McAdoo, a 6-foot-2, 288-pounder, starts at defensive end and typically plays every first-team defensive rep. He also sees snaps at fullback, tight end, as well as key roles on the punt, punt return, and kick return teams.

"For my last year, I just wanted to be on the field as much as I can," McAdoo said.

With Friday night's victory, Chapel Hill claims the PAC 6 Conference Championship.

"This feels great," McAdoo said. "It's like the peak of my career. We just come out here and just try to win it for Atlas [Fraley]. We're doing everything for him."

Both Chapel Hill and Jordan have made the playoffs and will discover their first round opponents Saturday afternoon.

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McAdoo has attended every UNC home game this fall and will continue that streak Saturday when the Tar Heels' host Georgia Tech.

On the other hand, Rhodes hopes to make Saturday's game the first UNC contest he has attended.

"I'm probably going – I hope so," Rhodes said. "I'm supposed to go with some of my coaches."

McAdoo hopes that UNC's newest verbal commits Jhay Boyd and Erik Highsmith are also on hand

"I want to welcome them to the family," McAdoo said.

McAdoo was among the first recruits to verbally commit to UNC in the spring, helping form the base for what is turning into a special recruiting class.

"I always knew [the recruiting class] was going to be great," McAdoo said. "Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [John] Blake told us 2009 we're just going to build a foundation for something great.

"Right now, [Davis] already has them rolling [on the football field]. He's done that in one year."


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