The Tar Heels have yet to get the offense rolling at the aggressive pace Fedora likes, but maybe ECU will give them a chance to show they can play at their full potential. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Will ECU provide the spark to light UNC's offense?

Three games in and it is obvious: North Carolina’s offense is struggling and not playing at a level they should be, or are expected by head coach Larry Fedora. This weekend the Tar Heels will take on in-state rivalry East Carolina and this game will be a proving point for their UNC offense.

Sure, North Carolina was in the same situation last year where they needed to turn things around, but this year is a different story. The expectations are higher and despite losing key players at positions, they still have a good deal of talent and should be contenders for the Coastal Division. However, they’re not playing like they are so far.

Bryn Renner has acknowledge that the team has their backs up against the wall and with some tough opponents coming up on the schedule he knows times are desperate to start getting wins. Renner did lead the Tar Heels to over 500 yards against Middle Tennessee State, but even in that game they had some issues that Fedora wasn’t particularly thrilled about.

Fedora knows the pressure is on him and knows he not only has to get his offense going, but has to get his defense to stay in it for all four quarters.

East Carolina has shown some potential this season including hanging around against Virginia Tech. And it’s not out of the question to say they could really challenge UNC, because they could. East Carolina has a good offense that will test our defense. What do we have in common? We have a good offense that has the potential to be great and could test their defense.

Not only does Bryn Renner need to keep connecting with Eric Ebron and Quinshad Davis, his principle receivers, but he needs to find a way to light a fire underneath Romar Morris and AJ Blue. Replacing Gio Bernard isn’t going to be easy but with a dual running attack, it’s not out of the question and it can be done. Morris is a gifted talented himself just as Blue is and both working together should be fun to watch. They’ve struggled so far, but need to find a way to play that Bernard caliber of playing considering Fedora is relying on both of them and knows they can do it.

It’s time for Renner to lead his team and get them playing at the pace and potential everyone knows this team has!

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