|Charlotte's Dorn and Brown provide leadership for young Tar Heels|
|Vance, W. Meck alums help UNC win opener|
|Published Saturday, August 31, 2019 9:26 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|North Carolina receiver Dyami Brown, a West Mecklenburg High alumnus, celebrates after scoring a touchdown Saturday against South Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.|
Versatility took Myles Dorn and Dyami Brown in two different directions with the same team.
They played both sides of the ball in high school, but ended up playing free safety and wide receiver, respectively, for North Carolina.
While Dorn, a senior, considers scoring touchdowns the best thing you can do in a game, he loves his role as a defender. Brown, a sophomore, has cemented his role as a wide receiver.
“I always joke with coach [Lonnie] Galloway [wide receivers coach]—tell him to give me a few plays on offense, but I love defense,” said Dorn, who played wide receiver and cornerback for the Cougars. “You can create your own story on defense. Offense, if they don’t throw you the ball, they don’t throw you the ball, but defense, you can always hustle, and get to the ball, and make a play.”
Said coach Mack Brown: “Myles will be one of the better players in the country before the year is over.”
Alumni of Vance and West Mecklenburg high schools respectively, both were asked to contribute immediately at the collegiate level.
“We talk about that all the time,” Dorn said. “It’s prepared us for ACC football. Every week, we see somebody that played in our conference. It’s big. We play against talent every week. We just compete in practice, so when we get to the game, it’s easy.”
Said Brown: “Everybody competes around here. Playing as a freshman, it shows that you’re ready, and you prepared for something every day. When me and Myles joined, we played against each other, it was just being competitive and then just bringing it here, showing the competitiveness, just allowed us to come together and work hard.”
Both were featured in the Tar Heels’ season-opening 24-20 win against South Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff at Bank of America Stadium. They scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after being held to field goals in the first three quarters. Brown scored the Tar Heels’ first touchdown—a 22-yard pass from freshman quarterback Sam Howell.
“They called my name, so I had to make a play,” said Brown, who finished with four receptions for 69 yards. “We were down. Through the whole route, I was running, running and I was looking back, and I kind of lost it in the sun and it dropped late. I tried to catch it with one hand, but I just tipped it back to me, and caught it with two, and we got in the end zone.”
Said Dorn: “It shows that we know we can fight through adversity. We’re never down. We’re never out. I think that’s big, coming from a young team. Half our roster are freshmen. We have to be able to come together as a whole, and we did.”
Dorn’s father, also named Torin, was a running back in Brown’s first game during his first stint with the program. The younger Dorn has bragging rights: his dad played on the team that lost to South Carolina in 1988.
“We talk about it every once in a while,” the junior Dorn said. “I think we’ll talk about it more now, because the story is different in our first game. We’re going to definitely talk about that.”
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