THD’s 2015 Football Multimedia Yearbook
More than enough words have been spent on how special the year 2015 was for Tar Heel Football, so instead of a written recap Tar Heel Depot has been temporarily reawakened from cryosleep to bring you the unofficial 2015 UNC Football multimedia yearbook.
Carolina started the year by changing up their look for the better
Nike & UNC taking argyle from basketball unis & weaving into uniforms for all the school’s teams pic.twitter.com/lzHcW3B5Kv
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 21, 2015
Then had a lot of naming uniform combinations throughout the year.
— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) November 19, 2015
But in the opener against South Carolina, UNC seemingly forgot about one particular jersey when they got in the red zone.
Which means 3,601,000 viewers asked “where’s Elijah Hood?” RT @richarddeitsch: ESPN says South Carolina-UNC drew 3,601,000 viewers on ESPN.
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 4, 2015
Which combined with #BadMarquise led to an 0-1 start. Fortunately no one would ever bring up the loss ever again.
Hypothetical – if UNC doesn’t throw two picks in the end zone vs. South Carolina and is 8-0 right now are we talking UNC and CFB Playoff? — Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) October 30, 2015
Jeff Long on UNC: Two FCS wins, and opening loss to South Carolina “weighing them down.”
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 18, 2015
UNC won their next few games at home against Illinois and a couple FCS schools which was cool and all but not as cool as this picture from Kenan Stadium
Then Carolina headed to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech, which is traditionally where Tar Heel Football seasons go to die. A 21-0 start by the Yellow Jackets gave UNC fans the worst kind of deja vu and gave haters the warm fuzzies.
Oh, it’s a carbon copy of every game UNC football plays in Atlanta
— wilson fuller (@wilsonmerge) October 3, 2015
But wait. PLOT TWIST!
Next Carolina took care of business at home against Wake Forest and Virginia the highlight of which was Ryan Switzer trolling Wake assistant coaches.
Carolina got a big prime time win at Pittsburgh which earned them a Top 25 ranking heading into their match up with Duke, which had everyone feeling good.
After two strong seasons and some early wins in 2015 Duke’s Jeremy Cash had announced a few weeks earlier that the Coastal Division ran through Durham.
But then Carolina proceeded to run through Duke.
And ensured the Victory Bell will live in Chapel Hill for another year.
Then Carolina did the same thing to Miami and just got downright disrespectful in the process
It may have taken overtime, but UNC ruined Frank Beamer’s last home game and won the Coastal Division in the process.
Which probably made Beamer sad. Fedora on the other hand…
10-1 DABB!!! 😂😂 #coastalchamps #DabDaddy A video posted by CharlesBrunsonII (@cjbrunson_) on
With the Coastal locked up Carolina took on NC State with revenge on their mind after being on the wrong end of at 35-7 beatdown in Chapel Hill the year prior. UNC returned the favor in Raleigh by jumping out to a 35-7 lead IN THE FIRST QUARTER and hung on for the win.
Which earned UNC the unofficial title of “State Champions.” Unless you’re App State and you just make up your own criteria…
With the win versus NC State, UNC finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and cracked the top 10 of the AP and Coaches polls.
UNC football and basketball are both Top 10. And football is higher ranked. *passes out* pic.twitter.com/xRbijI6k6C
— Andrew (@awbatchelor) November 29, 2015
However heading into the ACC Championship a legitimate discussion of Carolina’s chances to make the College Football Playoff happened, which is crazy when you think about it.
Carolina hung tough with #1 Clemson and recovered a late onside kick, seemingly providing them with an opportunity to force overtime except this happened…
This was called offsides. pic.twitter.com/zIVqe8Ya3q
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 6, 2015
Of course Clemson was the better team and the fact that Carolina looked like they belonged in the ACC Championship game is a big deal. Their performance also earned the Tar Heels a Top 10 finish in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
Final College Football Playoff Rankings: 1. Clemson 2. Bama 3. Mich St 4. Okla 5. Iowa 6. Stanford 7. Ohio St 8. Notre Dame 9. FSU 10. UNC
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) December 6, 2015
To cap the season off the Tar Heels headed down to Orlando to play Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. It wasn’t exactly the ideal finish to the season and the Bears ran all over UNC.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 30, 2015
Still, Marquise Williams played well in his final game as a Tar Heel capping off a great career.
— RussellAthleticBowl (@RussellAthBowl) December 30, 2015
Seriously, Quise had his ups and downs but the guy deserves nothing but appreciation for how he led the Tar Heels back to national relevance for the first time since the late 90’s.
I just want to say Thank you UNC for everything. Thank you fans who supported me through good times and bad times I love y’all.#GoHeels🐏🐏🐏
— Marquise Williams (@1MjWilliams2) December 30, 2015
Overall 2015 was an awesome year to be a Tar Heel football fan and people shouldn’t take for granted how special this year was. That said, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016.
For starters we may finally see UNC break out these bad boys.
— Goodfellows (@goodfellowsbar) April 21, 2015
And even though Marquise’s career is over Carolina should be in good hands with Mitch Trubisky at QB.
2015 was the year the “Sleeping Giant” Tar Heels finally woke up.
STAY WOKE in 2016.