The Tar Heel defense was maligned all year for a variety of issues. If it was giving up big plays through the air or the inability to stop the triple option Tar Heel fans had little certainty of stopping the other team on a consistent basis. For a team that forced as many negative plays as North Carolina did this one has to wonder what was truly wrong with the defense.
Kevin Reddick and Sylvester Williams were both recognized by the media for their play, but one Tar Heel got better each week emerging as UNC’s best cover corner. Tim Scott had five interceptions on the year and will be counted on to help improve North Carolina’s secondary in the second year of the 4-2-5 scheme that was installed this season. Scott has a tendancy for being around the football at opportune times.
Even in the Georgia Tech game where North Carolina could not stop the Yellow Jackets all afternoon it was Scott who intercepted a Vad lee pass and raced into the end zone at the start of the fourth quarter to cut the Georgia tech lead to eight. Tech on the ensuing possession ran the ball eight straight times to run the lead out to 65-50 and eventually win 68-50.
Scott is hat island corner you need to match up on good receivers and he welcomes the challenge. He would benefit from a better pass rush next fall to decrease the time he and his fellow secondary companies are required to stay in cover. Several sacks this year were actually the result of good coverage led by Scott.
Tim Scott must get better with consistency and his fundamentals at the corner position. On occassion he appears to rely on athleticism and can get a little loose with his fundamentals. That is normal for young defensive backs, but the higher the level the harder it is to just use athleticism to out duel your opponent. Look for Tim Scott to separate himself next fall and be one of the secondary players whose name is mentioned with the rest of the best corners in ACC.