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Who are the impact players for the Tar Heels?

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Our Deacs are 2-0 coming off a nice road win over Rice, and now they return home to BB&T Field to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in a non-conference conference game between 2 unbeaten teams. While the time and date of the game may not be worthy of the oldest rivalry in the state, the game itself should be an exciting matchup with plenty of scoring to boot. As always, let’s take a look at a couple of players who should have a big impact on this week’s game.

Offense: Dyami Brown | Soph. WR | #2

Dyami Brown is having a fantastic start to his second season as a Tar Heel. In his freshman campaign, Brown caught just 17 passes in 9 games for 173 yards and 1 TD. In UNC’s 2 games so far this season, he has already caught 8 passes for 149 yards and 2 TDs against Power 5 defenses. That puts him on pace to finish the year with 48 catches for 894 yards and 12 TDs, which would shatter his production from a year ago. Obviously, a new quarterback and a new coaching staff is partially responsible, but Brown has great hands and a ton of speed that make him a threat to score on almost any play. Against a Wake Forest defense that is 123rd in the nation in passing yards allowed (335 yards allowed per game) and giving up 12 yards per completion, Brown could be poised to have a monster game for the Heels.

Defense: Tomon Fox | Jr. LB | #12

Tomon Fox is another player for the Heels who is coming out of the gate strong. So far this season, he has already recorded 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. That’s more sacks than he had all season last year in 7 games played. While that is impressive, 3 of those sacks did come last week against the Hurricanes, who are dead last in the country in sacks allowed at 7 per game, so whether that’s indicative of Miami’s inept offensive line or his ability to get to the QB is a question that will be answered on Friday. If the Deacs can keep Fox and the rest of the Heels from getting pressure on Newman, he should have a good chance of continuing his streak of 300 yard passing games and leading the Deacs to a W.