2013 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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2013 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Belk Bowl Champions
Belk Bowl vs. Cincinnati, W 39–17
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coastal Division
2013 record 7–6 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Larry Fedora (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Dan Disch (2nd year)
Base defense 4–2–5
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 63,000)
« 2012 2014 »
2013 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#1 Florida State x#   8 0         14 0  
#8 Clemson   7 1         11 2  
Syracuse   4 4         7 6  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   2 6         4 8  
NC State   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
#23 Duke x   6 2         10 4  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 5  
Miami   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 6  
North Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         7 6  
Virginia   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Florida State 45, Duke 7
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2013 college football season. The team was led by second year head coach Larry Fedora and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels competed as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Coastal Division. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in fifth place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Belk Bowl where they defeated Cincinnati.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

In his first year as head coach in a season that the UNC football team was ineligible for the ACC title, a bowl game and a ranking in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, Larry Fedora led the team to an 8–4 record. The offense finished the season ranked 14th out of 120 teams in terms of total yards per game.[1] The defense finished the season ranked 56th out of 120 teams in terms of opponent total yards per game.[2] North Carolina had at least eight victories in four of the five years from 2008 to 2012. The eight wins in 2008 and 2009 were vacated due to NCAA penalty.[3] The last time North Carolina had more than eight victories was in 1997.

Spring practice[edit]

Marquise Williams, Bryn Renner's backup quarterback in the 2012 season, was not enrolled in classes at UNC in the spring semester.[4] UNC coach Larry Fedora said Williams may re-enroll at UNC during the summer.[5] After the spring football game in April 2013, Fedora said that if the season started, early enrollee freshman quarterback Mitch Trubisky would be the second string quarterback.[6]


Prior to National Signing Day, four high school players that graduated early and received scholarship offers to play football at North Carolina enrolled for the spring semester, allowing them to participate in spring practice. These included: quarterback Mitch Trubisky, wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau, running back Kris Francis, and offensive tackle R.J. Prince. On February 6, 2013 thirteen additional players signed their National Letter of Intent to play at North Carolina that completed the 2013 recruiting class. Based on the March 2012 sanctions from the NCAA, North Carolina could only sign a maximum of 20 players per year for the next two years versus the regular limit of 25.[7][8]

North Carolina's recruiting class was highlighted by five players from the "ESPN 300": No. 118 Brian Walker (CB); No. 159 Greg Webb (DT); No. 194 Johnathan Howard (WR); No. 219 Mitch Trubisky (QB); No. 275 Jordan Fieulleteau (WR).[9] The Tar Heels signed the No. 42 recruiting class according to Rivals.com and the No. 29 recruiting class according to Scout.com.[10][11] ESPN had North Carolina's class as the No. 21 recruiting class in the nation.[12]


Coaching staff[edit]

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora entered his second year as the North Carolina's head coach for the 2013 season. After his first year of coaching, Fedora led the Tar Heels to an eight wins and four losses, but post season ineligibility ended their season after their final regular season game. Defensive line coach Deke Adams left the Tar Heels to coach the same position at South Carolina.[13] On February 5, 2013, Illinois defensive line coach Keith Gilmore was hired to replace Deke Adams.[14] David Duggan the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator left North Carolina for Southern Mississippi after one season of coaching.[15] Larry Fedora then hired Arizona State coach Ron West to become the new co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.[16]

Coaches for the 2013 season[17]
Name Position Seasons at North Carolina
Larry Fedora Head Coach 2nd
Blake Anderson Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2nd
Walt Bell Tight Ends 2nd
Gunter Brewer Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers 2nd (7th overall)
Dan Disch Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 2nd
Keith Gilmore Defensive Line 1st
Lou Hernandez Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 2nd
Randy Jordan Running Backs Coach 2nd
Chris Kapilovic Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line 2nd
Vic Koenning Associate Head Coach for Defense/Inside Linebackers 2nd
Ron West Co-defensive coordinator/Linebackers 1st

Returning starters[edit]

Depth chart[edit]


Tre Boston
Kameron Jackson

WLB_Starter Jeff Schoettmer SLB_Starter
Tommy Heffernan Nathan Staub SLB_Backup
Dominique Green
Darien Rankin
Jabari Price
Alex Dixon

Kareem Martin Tim Jackson Ethan Farmer Norkeithus Otis
Junior Gnonkonde Justin Thomason Shawn Underwood Darius Lipford
Tim Scott
T.J. Jiles
Kendrick Singleton
Ryan Switzer
Quinshad Davis
T.J. Thorpe
James Hurst Caleb Peterson Russell Bodine Landon Turner Jon Heck
John Ferranto Will Dancy Lucas Crowley David Collins Kiaro Holts
Eric Ebron
Jack Tabb
Sean Tapley
Mark McNeill
Bryn Renner
Marquise Williams
Special Teams
PK Thomas Moore
P Tommy Hibbard
KR Sean Tapley
PR T.J. Thorpe
LS Mack Lloyd
Romar Morris
A.J. Blue


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 29 6:00 PM at #6 South Carolina* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 10–27   81,572[18]
September 7 12:30 PM Middle Tennessee* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ACCN W 40–20   48,000[19]
September 21 12:00 PM at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN L 20–28   49,445[20]
September 28 12:30 PM East Carolina* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN L 31–55   60,000[21]
October 5 12:30 PM at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ACCN L 17–27   65,632[22]
October 17 7:30 PM #10 Miami (FL) Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN L 23–27   56,000[23]
October 26 3:30 PM Boston College Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCRSN W 34–10   43,000[24]
November 2 12:30 PM at NC State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Rivalry) ACCN W 27–19   57,583[25]
November 9 12:30 PM Virginia Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) ACCN W 45–14   50,000[26]
November 16 12:30 PM at Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ACCN W 34–27   50,049[27]
November 23 12:00 PM Old Dominion* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCRSN W 80–20   41,500[28]
November 30 12:00 PM #24 Duke Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Victory Bell Game) ESPN2 L 25–27   62,000[29]
December 28 3:20 PM vs. Cincinnati* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Belk Bowl) ESPN W 39–17   45,211[30]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

NFL Draft[edit]

Five former players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft:[31]

Round Pick Overall Player Position NFL Team
1st 10 10 Eric Ebron Tight End Detroit Lions
3rd 20 84 Kareem Martin Defensive End Arizona Cardinals
4th 11 111 Russell Bodine Center Cincinnati Bengals
4th 28 128 Tre Boston Safety Carolina Panthers
7th 10 225 Jabari Price Cornerback Minnesota Vikings


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