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UNC vs. Virginia: Player of the Game - Michael Carter

Michael Carter’s reemergence means good things for UNC’s future

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For a few games, Jordon Brown appeared to bypass true freshman Michael Carter in the running back pecking order at UNC. Although UNC lost against the Virginia Cavaliers, Michael Carter returned to his early-season form. He didn’t just have the best offensive performance in the game, he had the best performance by any UNC running back this season.

In fact...he was UNC’s entire offense in this game. Yet another quarterback switch meant Brandon Harris was thrown to the wolves this time, and he returned the favor with only 46 yards and three interceptions.

However, when UNC handed the ball to Carter, he did return the favor. UNC was down 10-0 in the third quarter and had barely any offense whatsoever. Right after halftime, though, Carter awakened the offense with a 56-yard run and a touchdown later that drive. Two drives later, Carter punched it in again to give UNC their only lead of the game.

In all, Carter rushed 13 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. As a point of comparison, Jordon Brown and Brandon Harris rushed a combined 20 times for a total 55 yards. In that magical third quarter, Carter had both of his touchdowns and 127 of his yards.

If only UNC’s season had been more like that third quarter. This season, partially because UNC can’t find a quarterback and partially because the entire team is injured, is a lost season. And while UNC fans have seen flashes of potential from redshirt frosh Chazz Surratt, true freshman Michael Carter seems to be the future of UNC’s offense.

Carter will hopefully be the lead back going forward. And everyone knock on wood, so he can get as many touches as he can and avoid the injury ward.