With the season not going as planned and with a Top 10 squad coming into Kenan for Zero Dark Thursday, here is some more pressure for the UNC Football squad. A spokesman for the athletic department said that 37 credentials were issued to NFL scouts, which is a record for a North Carolina home game, for the ACC match up against the `Canes. In addition it was revealed that five GMs of National Football League franchises should be in attendance.
With all on the line for both programs, as Carolina tries to get back to winning, something they have not done since the first week of September, and Miami looking to remain in the Top 10, a position in the rankings they have not held in quite sometimes, who are these many scouts coming to see?
An article on NFL.com talks about the players that the NFL scouts will be most interested in watching. Obviously the first name out there has to be Bryn Renner, who head coach Larry Fedora said will start against the Hurricanes. Next as to be senior James Hurst, who has been the anchor to the offensive line so far this season. The third Tar Heel on the offensive side of the ball that the scouts will be looking at will be Erik Ebron, and while he is a junior many so-called analysts expect him to make the jump to the next level, as he is being slotted as the best player at his position so far this season. On the defensive side several players could be getting looked at as well, beginning with safety Tre Boston and a pair of defensive line man, Kareem Martin (DE) and Tim Jackson (DT).
With the senior quarterback not at one hundred percent I hope that this added pressure does not put him in a bad place for coastal division match up. Last thing that either Renner or the team needs is for their offensive leader to make mistakes for having tried too hard. And that basically goes for all the other players that have been mentioned. Let’s hope the pressure of having all these scouts coming to see them does not get to any of the Heels players. It’s already tough tying to pull off an upset against a team such as Miami, added pressure like this isn’t going to help one bit.
My preview of the game will be out tomorrow, but a fellow colleague at ISPORTSWEB, Kegan Lowe, wrote this very good piece on the keys to beating Miami. Make sure to have a read, and as always, for all your info about current and former UNC Football players, check back often on ISPORTSWEB.