Its time to hand out some Helmet Stickers from last weekend’s win against NC State. A helmet sticker is a reward and recognition for a single player in a specific game. It rewards them for their great performance, and we will track the helmet stickers throughout the latter part of the season. If you think we messed up and gave a sticker to someone who didn’t deserve it, or think we missed a player, sound off in the comments! Here we go!
The heart of North Carolina’s defense lacked a leader in the early part of the season. It seems to have found leaders in Travis Hughes and Kareem Martin, who have each earned a helmet sticker this week. Hughes had a monster day, with 12 tackles, 1.5 for loss, at the linebacker position. UNC fans are hoping Hughes can continue this production for the rest of the season.
Early on in the season, UNC really lacked a pass rush. Kareem Martin took it upon himself to create that rush, and has produced lately with some big games. Martin recorded a big sack and led his teammates by example on Saturday. Congrats to the senior Martin for having a great day on the field and beating NC State for the second time in his UNC career.
The Bug Howard fan club is now accepting applicants! The freshman had a big day against the Wolfpack, hauling in five passes for 72 yards. The highlight was late in the game when Howard made an acrobatic catch near the sideline. The thought of Howard replacing Eric Ebron for next season and beyond has Tar Heel fans excited. This is the first of what should be many helmet stickers for Bug.
At the start of the season, Coach Fedora publicly expressed a goal for Quinshad Davis to catch 100 passes and for Eric Ebron to haul in more than 10 touchdowns. So far he has been right, except he needed to switch the goals for Ebron and Davis. The sophomore wideout has seven touchdowns on the season, and played really well against NC State. The highlight play was a nice grab in the end zone with a Pack defender draped all over him.
UNC has lacked an explosive running back in the early part of the season, but it seems to have found it now in Logan. The freshman scored the go ahead touchdown against NC State and turned in a performance worthy of a helmet sticker. Like all of the helmet sticker recipients, UNC fans hope Logan can keep producing in the final four games and establish himself as UNC’s running back of the future.