Andre Smith and M.J. Stewart at UNC's Blue Dawn

The defensive standouts showcased their speed and strength on Day 4 of Blue Dawn.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Andre Smith and M.J. Stewart are poised to be leaders and standouts on the 2017 North Carolina defense. That role doesn't begin in August - in fact, it's already begun.

Smith and Stewart were among all the Tar Heels at Navy Field before sunrise on this cold Friday morning for what the program refers to as Blue Dawn.

Their agility, speed, endurance and, most of all determination are being put to the test in these early morning workouts.

If Smith is going to improve on his 113 tackles last season, and Stewart is going to improve on his 11 pass breakups, that starts now.

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