Tranquill believes the platooning works because Curry can pull down the ball and run—he has rushed for 182 yards this season—while Durant excels at operating in the pocket. The latter, who completed all 11 of his passes against the Tigers for 97 yards and a touchdown, ranks fifth in the ACC in passing efficiency. "It's not two offenses," Tranquill says. "It's two things to prepare for."
Durant has played more than Curry in the last two weeks because of injuries to Curry's left leg. A sore Achilles tendon caused him to sit out the fourth quarter of a 30-24 win over Virginia on Oct 13, and a strained hamstring caused him to miss most of the second half against Clemson. He's expected to be ready for North Carolina's next game, at Georgia Tech on Nov. 1. As he stood on the tarmac at the Greenville, S.C., airport on Saturday night, his leg wrapped tighter than a new CD, Curry said, "I feel like I'm 50. If I make it through a game without being hurt, I'll be surprised."
Durant says that he and Curry exchange tips that they pick up on the field and that Curry has helped him learn how to read defenses. "The main thing I'm learning from Ronald is to be patient," Durant says.
One thing they don't discuss is platooning. "Nobody wants to be switching in and out," Durant says. Tranquill isn't crazy about it either. Asked his opinion of the system, he says, "I'm not totally opposed to it."
The Tar Heels don't have to love it. But if they want to win, they have to use it.
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