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UNC vs. Georgia Tech - Player of the Game: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Saturday was not great for the Tar Heels

North Carolina v Georgia Tech

The purpose of any player of the game piece is obviously to highlight who stood out in any given game. Seeing as this blog covers UNC sports, we obviously like to shine a light on the best Tar Heel of the game. Even in this season’s previous losses, there’s always been a player you could really highlight for having a good game.

Against Georgia Tech, you have to squint to find someone. The offense only managed 247 yards, but turned the ball over a couple times. The defense probably played better, but even then, there’s only so much you can do when the other team has the ball for 2/3rds of the game. Georgia Tech finished with 456 yards and 33 points.

If you do squint, you can find some individuals who at least had a somewhat positive impact.

Tom Sheldon had another good day punting the ball. He was called on six times, and averaged just under 47 yards per punt. He was really good, but any time a punter has to be included in a player of the game post, it probably wasn’t a great day for the team.

Cayson Collins also belongs on the short list. He finished with 12 tackles and a sack. The Yellow Jackets didn’t have much trouble moving the ball, but Collins was at least able to do some things to slow them down.

On special teams, Anthony Ratliff-Williams had another solid day. He went for over 100 on kickoff returns as he continues to do a decent job of getting the Tar Heels field position.

If one person on offense deserves any praise at all, it would be Jordon Brown. He finished with 41 rushing yards, 57 receiving yards, and UNC’s only touchdown. Brown caught a lot of passes out of the backfield as the beneficiary of the Tar Heels not being able to do much else in the passing game. He also had at least one long run brought back because of a holding penalty.

North Carolina is dealing with a lot of injuries, which is bad enough as it is, but it's even worse considering they were a team that was already rebuilding. Obviously, that’s going to restrict how good this team can be.

It’s okay to say that. This team just may not be very good, and Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech was a microcosm of that.