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Tar Heels Are Stuck in the Mud

Posted September 29, 1998

— A month ago North Carolina was ranked 11th in the country and expected to contend for the ACC title, but right now it has all fallen apart.

Carl Torbush is the man Carolina players wanted as their coach. After an 0-3 start some players feel like they have let Torbush down.

"We wanted him to be our head coach and we wanted to win for him, so the feeling on the team is that we let him down," defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. "But he told me yesterday that we can't afford to feel that way."

No one on the sideline would quarrel with the notion that Carolina's talent is better than its record. However, what the Tar Heels do lack right now is confidence.

"The thing we need to do is win," coach Torbush said. "It wouldn't matter if we were playingClemsonor whoever it may be, our kids need to regain the self-confidence that we had going into the first game."

Carolina's confidence may have begun to waiver on opening day when veteran quarterback Oscar Davenport got hurt. Freshman quarterback Ronald Curry has generated 80 percent of the team's offense during Davenport's absence, but Davenport could return under center this week.

"If he continues to improve and we feel like he is 100 percent, Oscar would be the starting quarterback on Saturday," Torbush said.

Torbush plans to give kick return star Tyrell Godwin some time at running back hoping to find someone else that can make plays. Carolina needs some big plays on both sides of the ball before this team's confidence slides even further.

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