Tar Heels Keep Grinding
By Emily Fedewa, GoHeels.com
It hasn't been the kind of start that the seniors of the Carolina football team envisioned for their final season.
Despite a 1-4 record and an 0-2 start in the ACC, defensive end Kareem Martin and safety Tre Boston aren't willing to give up on their team or their final season in Carolina blue just yet.
"I know we have the players and the coaches to turn this thing around, so you just have to keep guys believing," Martin said. "We're about halfway through the season, we can turn this thing around, we can get hot."
With the bulk of their ACC schedule still to play, the Tar Heel seniors know that there are still plenty of chances for them to go out on a high note.
Boston said he has seen many talented Tar Heels make their mark on a season in his years with the team. Now though, he's ready for his moment.
"I've watched some of the biggest guys like Da'Norris Searcy, I've watched TJ Yates, I've seen Sly (Williams), (Kevin Reddick), and now it's my turn," Boston said. "I definitely want to go out on top."
Both Boston and Martin still think this team has what it takes to turn the rest of its season into something special.
As a leader, not just on the defense, but also on the team as a whole, Martin said the biggest thing for this team is staying positive, and he's doing all he can to keep his teammates focused on their goals.
Head coach Larry Fedora said there is definitely a sense of urgency among these seniors as they near the middle of their last campaign - and they still have a statement to make.
"They know the end is coming, it's coming fast," Fedora said. "I think these guys have done a good job, they're the ones that hold this team together. They're responsible for this football team, and how good we become and how good we are, and whether or not we continue to fight like I know we're going to."
The leaders of this Carolina team want to prove that they can rise to the challenge of leading a young squad that, right now, feels like their backs are against the wall.
Martin knows that giving up after a poor start is easy, but he's not ready to take the easy way out - he wants to end his college football career with more than that.
"It would be easy for someone to pack it in right now," Martin said. "But I've been here, this is my fourth season, and I know that we can turn it around. I've been on teams where we went on long win streaks and I don't see why this team can't."