2009 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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2009 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal
2009 record 0–5, 8[1] wins vacated (0–4 ACC, 4 wins vacated)
Head coach Butch Davis
Offensive coordinator John Shoop
Offensive scheme Pro style
Defensive coordinator Everett Withers
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,000)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#24 Clemson x   6 2         9 5  
Boston College   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
NC State   2 6         5 7  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal
#13 Georgia Tech* x   7 1         11 3  
#10 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
#19 Miami   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina*   0 4         0 5  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
December 5, 2009
(vacated)
† – BCS representative as champion
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins.
    Also, Georgia Tech's ACC Championship Game victory was vacated by the NCAA on July 14, 2011.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina during its 57th season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels played in the Coastal Division of the conference. The Tar Heels finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in ACC play and lost in the Meineke Car Care Bowl 19–17 against Pittsburgh. However, in 2011, North Carolina vacated all its wins from both the 2008 season and 2009 season.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Key Losses[edit]

On January 5, 2009 starting wide-receiver Hakeem Nicks announced that he would forgo his senior year in order to enter the 2009 NFL Draft. In just three years Nicks had set 14 school records, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580), and career touchdowns (21). In his senior season, Nicks was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference after catching 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the only player in UNC history with more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

The following are some of the other key players who will no longer play for North Carolina in the 2009 season:

Key Returns[edit]

For 2009, the Tar Heels are likely to return numerous starters from the previous season. The following players will maintain their playing eligibility and in all likelihood will return for the season:

Special Teams:

  • Casey Barth (K), returning leader in field goals made (10)
  • Jay Wooten (K), returning leader in kick-offs (71)

Recruiting[edit]

As of February 6, 2009, Scout.com rated North Carolina's 2009 recruiting class as 5th in the nation, Rivals.com ranked North Carolina's recruiting class as 6th, and ESPN ranked 12th. Joshua Adams (WR) and Kevin Reddick (LB) plan to enroll in January 2009 and do not count against the limit of 25 recruits per year. The other following players have offered North Carolina non-binding verbal commitments. These pledges can become binding when recruits sign their National Letters of Intent on February 4, 2009.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position[2] Seasons in Position
Butch Davis Head Coach 2nd
John Blake Associate Head Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Defensive Line 2nd
Ken Browning Running Backs 15th
Jeff Connors Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 8th
Steve Hagen Tight Ends 2nd
John Lovett Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Assistant 2nd
Sam Pittman Offensive Line 2nd
John Shoop Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 2nd
Tommy Thigpen Linebackers 4th
Charlie Williams Wide Receivers 2nd
Everett Withers Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs 1st

Roster[edit]

Wide Receiver
  • 3 Joshua Adams – Freshman
  • 8 Greg LittleJunior
  • 11 Joshua McKie – Freshman
  • 34 Johnny WhiteJunior
  • 25 Lee Browne – Freshman
  • 81 Quentin Plair – Junior
  • 82 Todd Harrelson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 83 Dwight JonesSophomore
  • 85 Rashad Mason – Sophomore
  • 87 Jheranie Boyd – Freshman
  • 88 Erik Highsmith – Freshman
Offensive Lineman
  • 55 Trey Strickland – Sophomore
  • 62 David Collins – Freshman
  • 64 Jonathan CooperRedshirt Freshman
  • 65 Cam Holland – Sophomore
  • 66 Mike Ingersoll – Junior
  • 67 Greg Elleby – Junior
  • 69 Lowell Dyer – Senior
  • 70 Alan Pelc – Junior
  • 71 Carl Gaskins – Sophomore
  • 72 Kyle Jolly – Senior
  • 74 Sam Ellis – Junior
  • 76 Travis Bond – Freshman
  • 78 Kevin Bryant – Sophomore
  • 79 Brennan Williams – Freshman
H-back
  • 33 Christian Wilson – Sophomore
Tight End
  • 17 Zack Pianalto- Junior
  • 80 Ed Barham – Junior
  • 84 Vince Jacobs – Junior
  • 86 Randy White – Redshirt Freshman
  • 95 Nelson Hurst – Sophomore
 
Quarterback
  • 2 Bryn Renner – Freshman
  • 7 Mike Paulus – Sophomore
  • 13 T.J. YatesSophomore
  • 14 Braden Hanson – Freshman
Running Back
  • 5 Jamal Womble – Redshirt Freshman
  • 23 Steven Hatley – Sophomore
  • 30 Carter Brown Sophomore
  • 40 Hunter Furr – Freshman
  • 45 Devon Ramsay – Sophomore
Tailback
  • 6 Anthony Elzy – Junior
  • 20 Shaun Draughn – Junior
  • 32 Ryan Houston – Junior
Fullback
  • 4 Bobby Rome – Senior
  • 43 Curtis Byrd – Junior
Defensive tackle
  • 9 Marvin AustinJunior
  • 91 Tydreke Powell – Sophomore
  • 93 Cam ThomasSenior
  • 96 Tavares Brown – Senior
  • 97 Aleric Mullins – Senior
Defensive End
Cornerback
  • 10 Melvin Williams – Senior
  • 12 Charles Brown – Junior
  • 16 Kendric Burney – Junior
  • 23 Jordan Hemby – Senior
  • 29 Brian Gupton – Sophomore
  • 37 LeCount Fantroy – Sophomore
 
Linebacker
  • 33 Hayden Hunter – Junior
  • 35 Herman Davidson – Sophomore
  • 36 Kennedy Tinsley – Senior
  • 45 Josh Bridges – Sophomore
  • 47 Zach BrownSophomore
  • 48 Kevin Reddick – Freshman
  • 49 Ryan TaylorSenior
  • 51 Brian Roberts – Sophomore
  • 52 Quan SturdivantJunior
  • 53 Hawatha Bell – Freshman
  • 54 Bruce CarterJunior
  • 55 Linwan Euwell – Sophomore
  • 57 Dion Guy – Redshirt Freshman
  • 58 Ebele Okakpu – Sophomore
Safety
  • 7 Josh Stewart – Junior
  • 21 Da'Norris SearcyJunior
  • 25 Matt Merletti – Junior
  • 27 Deunta WilliamsJunior
  • 28 Jonathan Smith – Junior
  • 32 Tyler Caldwell – Senior
Deep Snapper
  • 51 Trevor Stuart – Junior
  • 61 Mark House – Junior
Punter / Place Kicker
  • 11 Casey Barth – Sophomore
  • 30 C.J. Feagles – Freshman
  • 39 Grant Schallock – Junior
  • 44 Trase Jones – Junior


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 6:00 pm The Citadel* #20 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN360 W 40–6  (vacated) 58,500[3]
September 12 12:00 pm at Connecticut* #19 Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPNU W 12–10  (vacated) 38,087[4]
September 19 12:00 pm East Carolina* #19 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 31–17  (vacated) 58,000[5]
September 26 12:00 pm at Georgia Tech #18 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA Raycom L 7–24   50,114[6]
October 3 12:00 pm Virginia Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) Raycom L 3–16   57,500[7]
October 10 3:30 pm Georgia Southern* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN360 W 42–12  (vacated) 47,000[8]
October 22 8:00 pm Florida State Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN L 27–30   58,000[9]
October 29 7:30 pm at #14 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN W 20–17  (vacated) 66,233[10]
November 7 3:30 pm Duke Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Victory Bell Game) ESPNU W 19–6  (vacated) 59,750[11]
November 14 3:30 pm #15 Miami (FL) Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ABC W 33–24  (vacated) 57,500[12]
November 21 12:00 pm at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN2 W 31–13  (vacated) 41,272[13]
November 28 12:00 pm at North Carolina State #24 Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPN2 L 27–28   57,583[14]
December 26 4:30 pm vs. #16 Pittsburgh* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Meineke Car Care Bowl) ESPN L 17–19   50,389[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Did not play: Clemson, Maryland, and Wake Forest.

Game notes[edit]

The Citadel[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
The Citadel 0 0 0 6 6
#20 North Carolina 0 23 7 10 40

North Carolina had its best rushing game under coach Butch Davis with 260 total rushing yards (its most since 2004), and Shaun Draughn rushing for 118 yards, his fourth 100-yard rushing game. T.J. Yates threw two touchdown passes and threw for 114 yards.[16]

UConn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 North Carolina 0 0 0 12 12
UConn 0 3 7 0 10

North Carolina managed to come back by scoring 12 points against Connecticut in the fourth quarter to win the game. North Carolina gained its final two points when Connecticut's senior tackle Dan Ryan was flagged for holding North Carolina's end Robert Quinn in the end zone, which gave North Carolina a safety, with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter.[17]

ECU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 7 7 0 3 17
#19 North Carolina 7 14 3 7 31


Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 North Carolina 0 0 0 7 7
Georgia Tech 7 3 0 14 24
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Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0 6 3 7 16
North Carolina 0 0 3 0 3


Georgia Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia Southern 7 0 3 2 12
North Carolina 14 28 0 0 42


Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 3 3 14 10 30
North Carolina 14 3 7 3 27


Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 0 7 7 6 20
#14 Virginia Tech 0 0 7 10 17


Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 3 3 0 0 6
North Carolina 3 3 3 10 19


Miami[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Miami 0 7 10 7 24
North Carolina 0 20 3 10 33

Miami and North Carolina last met at Miami on September 27, 2008 in a game won by UNC 28–24. Miami is 5–7 all time versus UNC.

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 21 0 0 10 31
Boston College 3 10 0 0 13

The Tar Heels defeated a Boston College team that was playing for an outside shot at a trip to the ACC Championship Game. The UNC defense stifled the Eagles offense for much of the game, holding them to 0 conversions on 13 3rd down attempts. Freshman Boston College quarterback David Shinskie threw for more yards to the Tar Heels defenders than to his own team. His four interceptions were returned for a total of 133 yards, while his twelve completions gained only 101 yards. Tar Heels DB Kendric Burney's interception return for a touchdown was his second in as many games. Cam Thomas added another defensive touchdown on a fumble return. UNC's offense had four turnovers of their own (3 T.J. Yates interceptions, 1 fumble by Erik Highsmith), and struggled to move the ball for much of the game. The UNC running attack was slowed due to a lower extremity injury to Ryan Houston who was sidelined for most of the second half. However, he did return for a 1-yard touchdown run. UNC's stout defense once again came up with big plays in the Tar Heel's fourth straight win.

North Carolina State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 3 21 3 0 27
North Carolina State 0 14 7 7 28


Pittsburgh–Meineke Car Care Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 13 3 3 19
North Carolina 7 3 7 0 17


Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 21 19 24 22 23
Coaches 20 19 19 18 25 24
Harris Not released
BCS Not released 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b North Carolina has vacated all wins from the 2008 and 2009 football seasons: "North Carolina Response to Notice of NCAA Allegations". September 19, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "North Carolina Coaching Staff." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
  3. ^ "Citadel Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Connecticut Huskies Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "East Carolina Pirates vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Georgia Southern Eagles vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Saturday, November 21, 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels – Boston College Eagles Box Scores, Game Results & Summary". USA Today. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ The Citadel vs North Carolina Recap
  17. ^ North Carolina vs. Connecticut Recap