Posted by Brad on June 20, 2013
I'm excited to get down there to start working on this new phase of my life.
I've moved out of the house, for the most part. I'm not going to be around my family as much – I'm pretty much going to be out on my own. I'll have to be my own man, do my own thing, and be responsible for myself. And also, I'll be playing football at a high level. I'm excited and I'm looking forward to it, but I also realize that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.
I left home on Friday, June 14 at night with my parents. I wanted to be on campus for Fedora's Freak Show on Saturday night.
I didn't want to have a ‘Going Away' party, because I'm just closing this chapter. I don't want to dwell on it. I live really close to my aunt and uncle, and grandparents, so obviously I said goodbye to them. But other than that, it's just moving ahead and looking forward.
I'm rooming with Lucas Crowley and R.J. Prince. When I first met R.J. and Lucas, we hit it off because obviously we're offensive linemen and we're going to spend the next four to five years together. But I think the coaches were planning on putting us together anyway.
I talked to R.J. at the spring game and I talk to him on Facebook every now and then. He told me it's definitely going to be tough the first couple of weeks because I'll be away from home. I'll have more personal responsibility – I'll have to find where my classes are and what time practices are. On top of that, everything steps up a notch – the competition in practice is harder, the weight lifting is harder, and the conditioning is harder.
For me personally, I'm just going to show up and work hard and do whatever the coaches ask of me. I'm just going to worry about the things that I can control and try to contribute to the team.
I talked to Coach Kap and he said generally they don't want to rule anybody out before camp starts. He said after camp is over, he's going to evaluate me and everyone else. I think he's starting me at right guard. Depending on how camp goes – how I compete and how I do – he'll decide whether I red-shirt or not.
I realize that as a true freshman lineman coming in the odds are against me to play – forget about starting. Not everybody can be a James Hurst, and come in and contribute. It usually doesn't work that way with linemen. It takes time to mold them and make sure they're physically ready to play.
It's one of those things that whatever happens, happens. I trust Coach Kap to make the right decision. I want whatever is best for the team, really.
As far as the football program goes, I expect it to move forward. They won the Coastal Division last year and would have been in the ACC Championship if the sanctions had allowed it. The future at UNC, I don't think it could get any brighter than what it is right now. Coach Fedora has only been there for one year and he's already taking the program to a new level. I think it's just going to get better and better. The next step for the team is the ACC Championship.
When people think of North Carolina, they think of the basketball team. But Coach Fedora is trying to change that image so that it's recognized nationally as a football school. I think with Coach Fedora and all the guys we have coming in, it's definitely heading in that direction.
May 30, 2013 - Three Points of Emphasis
May 16, 2013 - Coach Kap
May 2, 2013 - Toms River to Charlottesville to Chapel Hill
April 19, 2013 - Gaining Exposure
March 27, 2013 - Versatile Lineman