While at Miami, Butch Davis was noted for having a power running game, and he
has tried to implement a similar system at North Carolina. Obviously, the talent
is different, but the concepts are the same. Also, at Miami Davis emphasized the
use of the tight end in the offense, and the Tar Heels will typically use a
tight end combined with a H-Back in their current offensive scheme.
Occasionally, UNC will use a fullback, but generally the Heels use either three
wide receivers or an H-Back. Note that North Carolina has its third offensive
coordinator in the last three years with John Shoop coming in from the NFL where
he was OC for the Oakland Raiders last year.
Yates (#13, 6-3.5 205, r-Fr., 5.03) is a drop-back quarterback with a quick
release and strong arm. He has some mobility, but he is best when staying in the
pocket. Yates does not always set himself when he throws on the move, and he
tends to make more mistakes when on the move. When throwing on rhythm, he looks
very good. However, at times he demonstrates “happy feet” in the pocket when
pressured. Tech will undoubtedly try to pressure him, and Yates seemed to let
the pressure from USF get to him at times. Also, he did not handle the opposing
crowd noise that well, so it will be interesting to see how he handles Lane
Cam Sexton (#11, 6-1 190, r-So., 4.54) is a mobile quarterback who started
five games last year. Sexton struggled reading defenses last year and made too
many mistakes to hold the position. He only has an average arm and was not very
accurate last year (41.9% completion percentage), becoming “gun-shy” and not
throwing into coverage as the season progressed. His greatest strength is his
ability to scramble and make some plays on the move. I would see a move to wide
receiver likely in his future.
Mike Paulus (#7, 6-5 220, Fr., 4.97) is a talented true freshman who is still
learning the system. Paulus, the brother of the Duke point guard, could well be
the quarterback of the future at UNC. He has a strong arm, excellent size,
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