N.C. Central vs. Towson
Freshman running back Shaun Wilson ran for 245 yards on 12 carries against Kansas last weekend, breaking Robert Baldwin’s 20-year-old, single-game rushing record at Duke. But Duke's steadily improving ground attack is not going to see him carry the ball 25 times. Fellow backs Josh Snead, Shaquille Powell and Joseph Ajeigbe will each get their carries, too.
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East Carolina put up 55 points and 603 yards against North Carolina last year with an offense that featured quarterback Shane Carden, who accounted for six touchdowns, and Justin Hardy, who is in reach of the FBS record for career receptions.
On Saturday, the UNC defense is prepared to make amends for what senior safety Tim Scott deemed an “embarrassing” performance — ECU’s 55-31 win at Kenan Stadium. But while the memory of last year will provide plenty of motivation, that won’t make it any easier when the Tar Heels (2-0) visit a sold-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU).
“(Carden) seems a lot better than last year, so that’s a scary thought,” UNC associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning said. “And they’ve got three receivers now, whereas last year they really only had one go-to guy, so that’s even a scarier thought. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
Hardy was limited to four catches for 47 yards against then-No. 17 Virginia Tech last week, but Cam Worthy (six catches for 224 yards) helped pick up the slack as Carden threw for 427 yards in a 28-21 win in Blacksburg. Isaiah Jones (21 receptions) is the third ECU player with more than 200 receiving yards.
UNC coach Larry Fedora said he didn’t consider the Pirates’ win at Virginia Tech an upset. After playing ECU (2-1) for the past six seasons — the first four as the coach at Southern Miss — Fedora said this is the best Pirate team he’s seen.
NCCU cannot afford a slow start Saturday (Sept. 20) against a Towson team that last season played for the national championship of the Football Championship Subdivision. North Dakota State beat Towson 35-7 in that game.
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Starting defensive end Dezmond Johnson is "week to week" but out for Saturday's home game against Tulane. Starting guard Lucas Patrick has chance to play Saturday for 3-0 Blue Devils.
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East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden knows the best way for the Pirates to earn national attention — beat the big names that annually appear on their nonconference schedule. The Pirates certainly are doing that against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Now, with Duke unbeaten as it prepares to play Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), Kyler Brown and Jonathan Jones are in line for extended playing time.
In 2012, Henry Frazier III was choosing between quarterbacks Jordan Reid and Matt Goggans. Now NCCU coach Jerry Mack is deciding among Malcolm Bell and Quinn Billerman.
True freshman Jared Cohen will start at right guard in place of injured junior Landon Turner when UNC (2-0) visits East Carolina (2-1) on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU).
Freshman Zavier Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Duke, who will carry an unbeaten record into a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).
There is no quarterback controversy at N.C. Central, just a signal-caller selection to make, NCCU coach Jerry Mack said. Quinn Billerman started Saturday against Charlotte and was 5 of 11 for 17 yards before Malcolm Bell got under center with 11:36 left in the second quarter.