Head Coach Charlie Strong announced on his radio show last night that running back Dominique Brown would likely not suit up for the North Carolina game this Saturday at 3:30. This is a bit of unsettling news, as what was originally called a “minor” injury will now have kept Brown out three games. The staff is either hiding the true seriousness of the injury, Brown had some sort of setback, or the staff is just being very, very careful and feels with the running back corps they have, there is no need to rush him back if he is not 100%. The last one, at this point, is the most likely scenario, but if it lingers on any longer, fans should start being concerned.
Luckily, the running back position is both deep and talented and can afford to be without Brown for a few games. Senorise Perry, Jeremy Wright, and Corvin Lamb (who I expect to see progressively get more carries with each game) all have unique skill sets and are able to carry the load. However, the run game against Missouri State was not nearly as effective as it was against Kentucky. The line struggled a bit more, fewer holes were opened up, and as a result the production decreased. Needless to say, North Carolina has a much better defensive line (and overall defense) than Missouri State. The team is much better off when Brown is on the field, and this will be a big game for the running backs not named Brown, as it will show just how well off the team is without him.