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North Carolina will be dealing with a major adjustment this week in its efforts to sustain a winning streak and gain the one victory needed to secure bowl eligibility. Shaun Draughn's season-ending shoulder injury is forcing Coach Butch Davis to revamp an offensive backfield already hurting because of injuries. Ryan Houston will start for Saturday's home game against Miami, but additional work lies ahead for everyone. "It certainly is not an enviable task," Davis said.
Houston will take over as starter
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina's offense has gotten used to making adjustments after playing without six starters -- center, left tackle, left guard, tight end, fullback and wide receiver -- for some portion of the past two months. But with the news that leading rusher Shaun Draughn will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left shoulder blade Saturday against Duke, UNC coach Butch Davis was looking for help again Monday.
UNC still shuffling
The News and Observer

The most recent time North Carolina's Ryan Houston carried the ball 37 times in a game, he was 30 pounds lighter and in high school. But in Saturday's win over Duke, Houston was forced to carry the load for the Tar Heels when starter Shaun Draughn was lost on the first play of the game. Houston finished with a career-high 164 yards and carried the ball more times than any UNC player since 1990.
UNC's Houston ready to carry bulk of load
The Durham Herald-Sun

Ryan Taylor is still having difficulty recovering from a knee injury and will likely take medical redshirt status this season at North Carolina, Coach Butch Davis said yesterday. Taylor, a tight end from Mount Tabor High School, hasn't played after injuring his knee on Aug. 11 in practice. UNC has three games left in the regular season, little time for Taylor to return and work his way back into the lineup.
Taylor is likely to redshirt
The Winston-Salem Journal

Ryan Houston kept bulling his way through running lanes and using his 245-pound frame to drag tacklers an extra yard or two on every carry. It used to be the way North Carolina liked to attack short-yardage or goal-line running situations. Now, it's the way the Tar Heels will have to run the football for the rest of the season if they want to get back to a bowl.
Houston, we have no problem running
The Associated Press

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