Virginia-North Carolina Preview
Virginia (0-3, 0-0) at North Carolina (3-1, 0-1)
Oct. 3, Noon (Raycom)
Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
When Virginia has the ball: Virginia's new offense is actually an old offense, but the only part that Coach Al Groh cares about is it's more effecient. Quarterback Jameel Sewell has made strides and North Carolina Coach Butch Davis said the Tar Heels must pay attention to Sewell's mobility. Sewell rushed for three touchdowns in three games. The Cavaliers will need more running threats besides Sewell. This is the week Mikell Simpson or Torrey Mack must finally receive a healthy dose of carries. North Carolina has a strong defensive line, with pass-rushing end Robert Quinn and all-around defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Ballou).
When North Carolina has the ball: The Tar Heels are still breaking in a group of young wide receivers, with receiver-turned-running/back-receiver Greg Little leading the group. North Carolina's rushing duo of Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston provides a steady ground attack. Quarterback T.J. Yates has struggled with five interceptions through four games. Virginia's 3-4 defense concerns Davis, who noted how rare it is in college football. Safety Corey Mosley is questionable; North Carolina-native Brandon Woods would start if Mosley cannot play.
Special teams: The Cavaliers have been woeful on special teams, particularly on kickoffs. Virginia's kick return defense is the worst in division I-A, and the kick return unit is 119th out of 120 teams. Groh devotes much time in practice to special teams and has been outspoken about receiving better performance from the unit. North Carolina's Da'Norris Searcy already has returned a punt for a touchdown.
Coaching: Groh and Davis have a long history with each other dating back to the NFC East in the early 1990s. The Cavaliers have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 16-13 overtime win last season. Groh must win or else his hot seat will continue scorching. Davis needs to win to avoid falling to .500 at North Carolina.
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