Unlike either of the first two games, there are no shortage of options for UNC’s player of the game against Old Dominion.
Chazz Surratt got the start again and threw for over 250 yards and a touchdown, running in another two on the ground. There were also a couple solid receiving performances.
In the first two games, Jordon Brown was overshadowed. Against Cal, Brown got the most carries of any running back, but was eclipsed by Michael Carter’s 94 yards and two touchdowns. In the Louisville game, nothing much happened in the running game at all.
Against Old Dominion, the Tar Heels didn’t have much trouble moving the ball, and Jordon Brown was one of the reasons for that. Brown had 125 yards and two touchdowns in 17 carries, leading the way as UNC beat ODU 53-23.
Right from the first drive, Brown was a key to the Carolina offense. With UNC facing 3rd and 17 on the opening drive, Brown was given his second carry of the game and took it for 21 yards and a first down. On the very next play, he went for 11 more yards. That drive ended in just a field goal, but it set the tone for how the game went for Carolina on that side of the ball.
Both of Brown’s touchdowns came in the first half, as he went for 94 yards. The Tar Heels went into the half up 32, so Brown wasn’t needed as much. Still, he picked up another 31 yards, including a 23-yard run that was his longest of the day.
The Tar Heels will certainly face tougher opposition than Old Dominion this season. However, after the first two games of the season, Brown’s performance against the Monarchs shows that he has potential to be someone UNC can rely on.