UNC Spring Football Notebook

CHAPEL HILL, NC--Head coach John Bunting and his Tar Heels have taken the field for the first day of spring football practice.

  • On the first day of practice, there were no pads and no contact. Lots of individual drills by position, with some seven-on-seven for the offensive skill guys against the linebackers and secondary.
  • Bunting expressed some key team goals as "learning football" and "mental toughness issues."
  • Defense appeared ahead of the offense at this point in 7v7. Passes were deflected, with some interceptions, and DB's were breaking on the ball hard.
  • At this point, first team LB's appear to be Jeff Longhany, Larry Edwards, and Doug Justice with a second team of Victor Worsley, Fred Sparkman, and Joe Kedra. Melik Brown also got some time at "Mike" LB.
  • Position changes of note: Jacques Dumas to TE, Kendall High to OT, and Madison Hedgecock back to FB. Dumas and High are experimental to some extent with no final decisions as of yet. Hedgecock's move will remain unchanged.
  • It was difficult to determine if David Wooldridge has decreased his operation time, but he boomed several long punts with a few not-so-great punts interspersed. Consistency is the key.
  • Three scholarships will open in the fall: Nick Cangelosi and Kory Gedin due to transfer, and Devllen Bullard due to graduation.
  • Newcomers Khalif Mitchell, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Scott Brumett all garnerd praise from coach Bunting, Mitchell for pass rush, Sensabaugh for his attitude aptitude and closing speed, and Brumett for his soft hands in making three or four catches during the 7v7 drills. Terry Hunter had a health issue today and did not participate.
  • Player numbers: Adarius Bowman from #84 to #11, Mike Mason from #88 to #2, Matt Baker from #17 to #7, Sensabaugh #14, and Brumett #87.
  • Injury report:
    Brian Chacos (OT)--off-season surgery, right knee (out all of spring practice)
    Kendraus Guy (DE)--off-season surgery, right shoulder (limited participation)
    Cedric Holt (CB)--last season, broken right ankle (limited participation)
    Drew Hunter (OT)--neck injury (limited participation)

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