Butch Davis is Back

Butch Davis is Back
Butch Davis

Butch Davis is Back

After three nice recruiting classes, Butch Davis has put North Carolina on the road to respectability and a winning season.

By Steve Patterson

Davis a Tar Heel

After a good career with the Miami Hurricanes (51-20) and a bad stint as the Cleveland Browns head coach (24-35), people were slightly shocked that Butch Davis took the job as the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. It’s a basketball school in a weak ACC conference after all.

Nice Recruiting

Davis stepped into the Head Coaching position with NC in November of 2006, only three months before high school seniors would select their colleges for the upcoming season. He was able to add 5 more members to a 28 member class that ranked 25th overall nationally in quality.

The 2007 class was the best of the three that he has signed, ranked 14th overall with 24 high schools seniors. The 2008 class was a little bit smaller at 19 recruits but still ranked 30th nationally. 2009 could be good too if the team continues to show they can win as they did Thursday night against Rutgers.

Dominating Rutgers

In a game that was over in the 2nd quarter, quarterback T.J. Yates threw three touchdown passes while the Tar Heels beat a sloppy Rutgers team 44-12. Yates finished 14-of-22 for 221 yards. Wide Receivers Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate put up big numbers with Tate being wide open down the field a number of times.

Tate was good for four catches and 138 yards. He caught one pass for 69-yard and a touchdown that set the tone for the game. Nicks had six catches himself for 63 yards and two TDs. But the offense wasn’t the only part of the game that NC did well in.

The Tar Heels had four interceptions with Mike Teel making three of the four. The fourth came when Linebacker Bruce Carter picked off a bobbled pass and returned it 66 yards for a score. So the defense looked just as good as the offense against the struggling Scarlet Knights.

“For us, it's nice to win this game,” Davis said afterward. "But for us it's 12 one-week seasons. We got an unbelievable monumental task next week against Virginia Tech. I think what it does, what you hope all victories do, is validate the sacrifices you are asking your players to make because we are asking them to do an awful lot to try to become good.”

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