Incoming UNC Graduate Transfers Will Earn Their Spots

Four transfers are slated to join the 2017 team.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No one will just be handed a starting role for UNC Football in 2017, and that includes the incoming graduate transfers.

"It's not guaranteed a spot," Cayson Collins said. "I feel like anybody that graduates and transfers to another school has to definitely come in and earn the trust of the team first." 

Collins, a junior linebacker, is talking about QB Brandon Harris from LSU, RB Stanton Truitt from Auburn, OL Cam Dillard from Florida and OL Khaliel Rodgers from USC - all of whom will be competing for starting jobs in fall camp.

This is uncharted waters for head coach Larry Fedora, who said he has never been in a grad transfer situation before. But he's not planning to treat these newcomers any differently from incoming freshmen when they arrive this summer. They'll be welcomed to the UNC family and immediately put to work - and to the test. 

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