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Friday, October 9, 2009
UNC's injuries a factor in offensive ineptitude

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


What’s wrong with North Carolina’s offense? The Tar Heels are ranked 113th in the nation in total offense (280 yards per game), 103rd in rushing offense (100 ypg), and 107th in scoring offense (18.6 points per game).

Offensive coordinator John Shoop was kind enough to talk to me about it this week -- I always respect coaches who talk to the media when things aren’t going well. But before you read the Q&A, keep in mind these few facts:
Against Georgia Southern, the Tar Heels could be missing six players who started the first game of the season against The Citadel (Jolly, Jonathan Cooper, Lowell Dyer, Zack Pianalto, Bobby Rome, and Joshua Adams).

Shoop won’t use the injuries as an excuse, but I’m not sure everyone realized just how much of an impact they’ve had. Stay tuned for Shoop’s take on the offense.