North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora doesn’t know who is going to line up at quarterback for the Fighting Irish with the Tar heels face Notre Dame in Week 6. But, in his Wednesday teleconference, Fedora said it doesn’t matter too much.
Fedora is much more concerned about Notre Dame’s defense. The Irish rank 22nd nationally in scoring defense this year, allowing an average of 18.2 points per game.
“They are extremely sound on everything they are doing defensively, not giving up big, explosive, catastrophic play, and making you play error-free football,” Fedora said Wednesday.
On the flip side, North Carolina’s offense has largely struggled in the team’s last two games: losses against Duke and Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels scored a combined 24 points in the two games, and freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt mustered just 141 yards passing and an interception against the Yellow Jackets.
Fedora predicts that Surratt will face heavy pressure from the Irish front seven Saturday.
“The front seven, they are athletic. They are big. They run to the ball really well. They are not real exotic in their pressures and everything but when they do decide to come, they come after you.”
To have a chance against the Irish pass rush, Fedora said Surratt’s chief priority needs to be taking care of the football.
“You know, the things that he’s got to do this week is, number one, he’s got to take care of the football. He’s got to stay within the system, you know, and believe in it. If he does that, he gives himself a chance to be successful and he gives this team a chance to be successful.”
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