Carolina Looking For Red Zone Efficiency
By Emily Fedewa, GoHeels.com
For sophomore wide receiver Quinshad Davis, inefficiency in the red zone this season has been one of the biggest reasons for the Carolina football team's slow start.
That inefficiency was evident in the team's disheartening 27-23 loss to #10 Miami a week ago.
In five trips to the red zone against the Hurricanes, the Tar Heels converted four into points, but just one into a touchdown. Just one more touchdown in those chances, Davis knows, could've secured the upset.
"It makes you sick that you had that many opportunities to put the game away and we didn't," Davis said of the team's missed chances last Thursday.
Led by quarterbacks Byrn Renner and Marquise Williams and tight end Eric Ebron - who was named the Mackey Award Tight End of the Week following his performance against Miami - Carolina has shown that they're capable of creating sustained drives down the field.
But Davis said there's a difference between making plays in the open field and connecting in the end zone.
"We've got a lot more space to work (outside of the red zone), you've got a lot more room to beat your guy," Davis said. "When you get in the red zone, it's packed and it's a lot tougher to get open in those little bitty spaces."
Williams agreed with his wide receiver, saying that increasing UNC's efficiency near the end zone is crucial to getting wins in the back half of the season - and he's confident they can do just that.
That confidence comes from how many more snaps Williams has been getting while working in a rotation with starter Renner.
"It builds more confidence every time I step on the field, because I feel like I can do my job and get this done," Williams said. "We've just got to be ready to go and just keep playing our game - smart, fast, and physical - and that's what we're going to keep doing to try to beat Boston College."
Head coach Larry Fedora said the Tar Heels have put the tough loss to Miami behind them and they will continue to try to correct the red zone issues that plagued them.
"These guys have a great attitude, they're resilient, they continue to work hard, they continue to keep believing in each other," Fedora said. "And they're going to keep fighting and scratching and clawing."