Freshman WR Close to Returning

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Larry Fedora expects freshman wide receiver Quinshad Davis to be medically cleared to practice by Wednesday. The North Carolina head coach shared other personnel notes with the media following the 12th practice on training camp on Monday.

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** Davis drew praise from quarterback Bryn Renner about his play during summer OTAs, but the Gaffney, S.C. product has watched from the sidelines during the opening 11 days of practice due to an undisclosed medical ailment.

The days of Davis's practice participation consisting solely of fielding field goal attempts is apparently coming to a close, at least according to Fedora.

"I think we're real close… I think there's a couple of signatures to be made and then we're ready to go, so I'm anticipating him being out here on Wednesday," Fedora said. "We don't have much depth, so we need that body out there and need him learning because we hope that he's going to contribute."

NCAA rules require a five-day acclimatization period after players pass their physical examination and are cleared for practice. Helmets are the only piece of protective equipment that can be worn during the first two days, while shoulder pads are added to the mix on the third and fourth days.

A school official was unable to confirm if Davis wearing a helmet on Monday counted as one of the acclimatization days.

** North Carolina ran its first scrimmage of camp on Saturday – consisting of more than 150 plays – and the veterans earned the bulk of the praise from their head coach. Defensive end Kareem Martin, running back Gio Bernard, tight end Eric Ebron and left guard Jonathan Cooper were singled out for their play.

Fedora offered that senior linebacker Kevin Reddick "was all over the field making plays everywhere." He also gave high marks to freshman defensive end Jessie Rogers.

"Jessie had five tackles in the scrimmage the other day in the reps that he got," Fedora said. "He's really doing a really nice job. I think he's proven at this point in camp that he's going to be a contributor on our defense."

** With starting center Russell Bodine absent from practice (details provided in IC's premium report), senior Peyton Jenest subbed into the first-team lineup during Monday's practice. Fedora told reporters that the Davidson, N.C. native's initial series included hiked balls that were "all high and all over the place" before eventually settling down.

"That's like the quarterback of that offensive line," Fedora said. "You get thrown out there in that position and have to be the guy, it's tough, but he did a nice job with it."

** Jabari Price received plenty of headlines in spring ball for his growth at cornerback and he's apparently carried that production over into training camp.

"He's that boundary corner that's going to be able to make a lot of plays for us with the coverages that we play," Fedora said of the 6-foot, 195-pound junior. "And he's physical enough to do it. He's made a bunch of plays this fall camp so far. The thing for him is just being consistent every day. If he can do that every day, he's got a chance to be a really good player."

** Fedora on sophomore walk-on wide receiver Mark McNeill: "He's a big tall guy. He's about 205. He's tough; he's not scared. He'll go in there and he'll battle and he catches the ball well, so there's going to be a place for a guy like that."

** Wondering how the team morale is as the Tar Heels rapidly approach the midway point of training camp? Fedora provided some insight.

"They're tired, they're sore, there's frustration because you've got coaches on them all of the time," he said. "They're tired of hitting each other. It's a good thing. It's exactly where we need to be right now."

** After 12 practices through the first 11 days of training camp, the Tar Heels will take their first day off on Tuesday before returning with a two-a-day on Wednesday.

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