North Carolina running back Antonio Williams and Georgia Tech b-back Jordan Mason lead the way in our four players to watch.
North Carolina: RB Antonio Williams
Williams is North Carolina’s top offensive threat entering this weekend as the junior running back is doing a strong job in his first season with the Tar Heels. After spending two seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Williams has totaled 576-yards and four touchdowns through the Tar Heels first seven games.
While Williams isn’t a threat to go completely off and have a monster game, the Yellow Jackets defense will still have to keep a close eye on the former Buckeye. Against Syracuse, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound tailback had 154 total yards including 116 of them coming on the ground.
Georgia Tech: BB Jordan Mason
Last week against Virginia Tech, Mason had one of his best games of the season, totaling 82-yards and three touchdowns. That being said, Mason is still looking for his first 100+ yard performance of the season and hasn’t had a 90+ yard performance since September. Mason is bound to have a 100+ yard performance sooner than later and going up against a North Carolina defense that has allowed nearly 200-yards per game seems like a great opportunity to do so for the redshirt freshman.
North Carolina: LB Cole Holcomb
North Carolina’s leading tackler, the senior linebacker is the name to keep an eye on, on the North Carolina defense. Holcomb is a do-it-all style linebacker, solid in all phases of the game. Holcomb this season for the Tar Heels has 58-tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 1.0 sack. Against the pass, Holcomb has two pass deflections on the season. He’s not a game wrecker on defense but Holcomb is capable of making big plays when needed.
Georgia Tech: S Tariq Carpenter
One of Georgia Tech’s best players on defense, Tariq Carpener is a true game-changer at safety. The sophomore has put together a strong season so far, with 30 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a lone interception. He has an additional three pass breaks up to go along with the interception. Carpenter hasn’t had a big game in a while which could set him up for one against the Tar Heels.