The 2017 North Carolina Football season has gone just about as bad as possible thus far. The Tar Heels are off to a dreadful 1-5 start, and there is no reason to think that record will improve very much.

Carolina’s main issue is not talent, or coaching; it is injuries. The Tar Heels have lost a whopping 13 players to season-ending injuries-the most in the country. UNC was already replacing a significant amount of starters last season from both sides of the ball. Now, they have to replace the replacements for the majority of those starters.

Aside from the injury situation, Carolina has struggled with basic things such as play calling and execution.

In last Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, for example, UNC was down just seven points after forcing the Fighting Irish to punt with under a minute to go in the first half.

Fourth-string punt returner MJ Stewart called for a fair catch, but then did not catch the ball, letting it bounce all the way to the Tar Heels one yard line.

For some reason, with less then 60 seconds on the clock before the half, UNC elected to call two straight plays out of the shotgun on their own one yard line instead of letting the clock run out. This, of course, ended in a safety, giving Notre Dame a 16-7 lead. The Fighting Irish would never look back on their way to a 33-10 blow out.

Unfortunately, for head coach Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels, things are not going to get any easier.

Carolina’s schedule really picks up down the stretch this year, and this beaten up team is not prepared for it.

This week UNC will face Virginia at home, followed by Virginia Tech on the road. After that, Carolina will host Miami. The Tar Heels would be extremely lucky to escape that three game stretch with a win.

The next two games are easier, but still not given wins. UNC will battle Pittsburgh on the road, and then host Western Carolina. If things go well, Fedora’s Heels could secure their first two game winning streak of the season.

The season will conclude with a showdown against rival N.C. State. The Wolfpack are having a very good season, and the only reason UNC will have a chance in this game is because of the rivalry between the two schools.

As bad as things look right now, the future holds better. This is a very young Carolina team that has lots of room to grow, and Fedora and his coaching staff are bringing in a great recruiting class this upcoming year.

So, be patient Tar Heel fans. It has been a rough season, and it is going to continue to be, but the future of Carolina Football is bright.

 

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Ever since I was very young, I have lived and breathed Tar Heel sports. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, attending games at Kenan Stadium and the Smith Center have been huge parts of my life. I play sports as well. Growing up, I played football, basketball, and baseball. Now, at age 17, I am currently playing football for East Chapel Hill High School. I have currently written over 50 articles for armchair, and plan to continue writing more. Aside from sports, I love my family, my dog, and the beach. It should also be known that I am a very big Luke Maye supporter (and have been even BEFORE he made the game winner versus Kentucky).
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Ever since I was very young, I have lived and breathed Tar Heel sports. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, attending games at Kenan Stadium and the Smith Center have been huge parts of my life. I play sports as well. Growing up, I played football, basketball, and baseball. Now, at age 17, I am currently playing football for East Chapel Hill High School. I have currently written over 50 articles for armchair, and plan to continue writing more. Aside from sports, I love my family, my dog, and the beach. It should also be known that I am a very big Luke Maye supporter (and have been even BEFORE he made the game winner versus Kentucky).
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