UNC Football Helmet Stickers for Appalachia State Week 1 Victory


With Saturday thrilling victory over the state of Appalachiathe North Carolina Tar Heels are now 2-0 on the year and have survived in a tough environment.

It’s been a good start to the season for the most part with the offense carrying the charge through two games. UNC’s defense needs to step up, but there were moments on Saturday that were encouraging for the future. However, there were also the same errors again and again from the unit.

Before we turn the page this week and focus on the state of Georgia, it’s time to hand out some helmet stickers for the game.

We give them out after every game of the year to a few players that we think have stood out at UNC. This week there was a familiar face in the helmet stickers but we also welcome three newcomers.

WR Kobe Paysour

September 3, 2022; Boone, North Carolina, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers defensive back Nick Ross (4) knocks down North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Kobe Paysour (8) during the second half at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon – USA TODAY Sports

With Josh Downs out, the Tar Heels needed someone to step in in a big way on Saturday. And one player who answered the call was wide receiver Kobe Paysour.

The rookie had 8 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win, putting up by far his best game of his career. If Paysour can build on that, he could be another great weapon for the Tar Heels in the future.

QB Drake Maye

September 3, 2022; Boone, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) dives into the end zone for the two-point conversion attempt chased by Appalachian State Mountaineers linebacker Nick Hampton (9) during the second half at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon – USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another helmet sticker for the talented quarterback. Maye kept UNC in the game with first-half drives as the Tar Heels found the end zone in droves.

Maye finished the game 24 of 35 for 352 yards and 4 passing touchdowns in addition to a rushing touchdown.

LB Cedric Gray

September 3, 2022; Boone, North Carolina, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers running back Nate Noel (5) is tackled by North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Cedric Gray (33) during the second half at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon – USA TODAY Sports

The defense didn’t play well as a unit in this game, but someone who stood out for me was linebacker Cedrick Gray. He led UNC with 13 tackles and had the team’s only INT over Chase Brice.

K Noé Burnette

September 3, 2022; Boone, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels kicker Noah Burnette (98) adds the extra point against the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the first quarter at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon – USA TODAY Sports

On his first two attempts of the season, kicker Noah Burnette delivered for the Tar Heels in the second half. He connected on a 47-yarder, then a 43-yarder on the next drive. His season is off to a good start.

The story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire

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