The Tar Heels have had their share of distractions this season with many of the suspensions but have still found ways to win. North Carolina has been able to elevate themselves to 6-3 (5-2) and still have a chance to win the Coastal themselves. They've done so with 31 scholarship players who have missed at least one game due to suspension and/or injury. They'll be without Johnny White their leading rusher who went down last week against North Carolina. However, leading the ACC in team pass efficiency, T.J. Yates has quietly led the team to a 5-1 since starting 0-2.
Dwight Jones, their leading receiver has 716 yards this season averaging 17.9 yards per reception and 4.4 reception per game. The lack of a running game stems from all those injuries. Now, the Tar Heels who have 1118 yards rushing for the year lose the player who had nearly 3/4 of those yards. White was sidelined for the season with a collarbone injury after a season total of 720 yards.
Meanwhile, the Hokies are traveling down I77 and Rte 52 passed the likes of Tobaccoville and King Tobacco minus some key players themselves. David Wilson, who pretty much won the Georgia Tech game on his kick return for a touchdown, will be out with a case of mono. Defensive end Chris Drager will miss the game due to injuries suffered on a hit in the Georgia Tech game.
The Hokies have had trouble starting out strong. Doing so, would force the Tar Heels to abandon any attempt to run at which point the Hokie defense can focus on Yates and the passing game.
Go Hokies! And Happy Veterans Day!