Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hollenbach To Return

Coach Friedgen confirmed yesterday that QB Sam Hollenbach will be the starter this Saturday at Chapel Hill. While he indicated Hollenbach is not fully recovered he has convinced the staff he will be effective. Hollenbach has been receiving treatment for his injured back and will have special padding to protect his injured shoulder. You can be sure that UNC will try to put all kinds of pressure on Hollenbach and knock him out of the game. With backup Joel Statham in the game UNC had a much improved chance of winning and they know that. Carolina's offense won't scare anyone, they've been unable to score more than 16 points in the last 4 games, but their defense has been surprising. UNC must know their best chance is to knock Hollenbach out of the game and win a low scoring slug fest.

That makes the continued production of Lance Ball and the running game paramount. The offensive line will have the vital responsibility of protecting Hollenbach both in pass blocking and by establishing a running game. I would also look for OC Charlie Taaffe to get creative in the playcalling early on.

Stephon Heyer has indicated he will accept a redshirt and return for another season after his recovery from a knee injury in August. That adds further depth to a potentially great offensive line.

Sophomore defensive tackle Dre Moore has won a starting nod this week. He replaces Jack Griffin who has been unable to make any plays at DT since he was moved over from DE after being supplanted by frosh Jeremy Navarre. The Terps badly need some playmakers to step up on the defensive line. Conrad Bolston is a solid player in the middle but defensive coordinator Gary Blackney needs some more production from his edge players, namely Trey Covington and Navarre.

Friedgen has refused to discuss the suspensions resulting from a Halloween night brawl any further. It seems obvious that with Jo Jo Walker and Drew Weatherly listed with magical injuries that these two will be serving their suspensions this week.

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