Carney Makes The Grade

North Carolina signee Malik Carney will enroll at UNC in the fall semester.

“I didn’t get the score that I needed [initially], but this last SAT test that I took I was able to get the score that I needed to come down,” Carney said.

Carney, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Alexandria (Va.) Williams, will arrive on campus on July 31.

“It was difficult,” Carney said. “I was nervous, but I just kept doing what I needed to do as far as studying and keeping focused.”

Ron West, UNC’s linebacker coach, as well as Joe Haydon, Director of Football Operations, were in constant contact with Carney the past few months.

“They just told me what I needed to get down and recommended that I get tutors and things,” Carney said. “I just took it into my own hands and got the right tutors.”

Carney has also been in regular contact with former high school teammate/current UNC teammate Jeremiah Clark, who enrolled at UNC about a month ago.

“He said the workouts are really hard, everything is fast and timed, and I’ll have to be ready to just adjust,” Carney said. “He said I’ll just have to adjust to time management, but it’s fun.”

Although he will miss summer workouts, Carney expects to be a full participant during preseason practice.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to see the field, because Coach [West] said I’m definitely going to be on special teams,” Carney said. “And after I learn the plays and stuff, I’m pretty sure I’ll get some playing time [on defense] because they’re low on linebackers.”

Carney could end up playing either the linebacker position or bandit at UNC.

“I’m going to be coming in as a linebacker or playing the bandit or playing the Will depending on what they like me as,” Carney said.

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