Anderson, Part I: Coaching QBs

How much has Blake Anderson been able to take stock of the current roster? Not a lot, but North Carolina's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach likes what he sees.

"Just briefly and mainly just game tape to get an idea of limited ability," Anderson said.

"I've been pleased with what I've seen. I've been able to see glimpses of Gio (Bernard), obviously, and Bryn, and a couple of wideouts, and I'm encouraged to think that we've got a couple of weapons to use."

As has been well documented, there will be changes to the offense, moving from a pro-style offense, to a run-first spread, no-huddle offense. Watching game film from last year has limited relevance, and Anderson believes he won't fully know about what he has on offense until practice begins on March 14.

"I don't know what guys' strengths and weaknesses are going to be until we work with them more," Anderson said. "But seeing our offense I've been encouraged. It's just, you really won't know until you get knee deep in it at spring ball to find out what guys are good at and what their specialties are and how you can utilize people."

As a quarterbacks coach, Anderson would naturally focus on the players he has at that position, particularly given their importance to the overall offense. North Carolina returns Bryn Renner from 2011, a first-time starter that set a single season record (24) for touchdown passes, and became only the second Tar Heel quarterback in its history to throw for over 3,000 yards. What does Anderson see in Renner and the other quarterbacks at UNC?

"Mainly, I think the thing that encourages me about Bryn is his outlook and his personality," Anderson said. "He's a very driven, very dedicated work ethic type guy. He obviously can make all the throws you want a guy to make, and he seems to be very poised under pressure."

Renner operated, for the most part, from under center. In the style of offense that Fedora and company wish to implement at North Carolina, the quarterbacks will operate almost exclusively from the shotgun in a one-back formation. Because of the backgrounds of the Tar Heel quarterbacks, however, the transition could go more smoothly.

"(Renner has) had some background in spread systems in high school, so I think he'll adapt," Anderson said. "I think Marquise (Williams) is the same way; he played in a spread system in high school. I think both are going to feel comfortable in what we're going to do. That's where you have the luxury of competition with guys that are both qualified and have the ability."

Even with the familiarity of Renner and Williams with spread offenses, there are going to be some challenges as the Tar Heels move to a different system of offense, particularly the pace and tempo of the no-huddle scheme.

"I think change is hard, regardless, whether it's for the better or not," Anderson said.

"There are still some things that will be more difficult -- the ability to process really quickly because of the tempo that we do want to operate, it will be a big adjustment, and the ability to get lined up and processed quickly for the skilled players will be a huge adjustment.

"They won't have that luxury of slower tempo change in personnel, slower tempos of alignment that you have in the huddle system. With a tempo spread system you've got to process as soon as the play is over with, you've got to process quickly to get the next play started, and that's going to be a huge change for everybody."

Check back tomorrow for Part II from Inside Carolina's one-on-one interview with Blake Anderson …

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