Saturday Spring Practice Report

Chapel Hill, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina football team held its first practice in full pads on Saturday afternoon and concluded the workout with a one hour scrimmage at Kenan Stadium. Head coach John Bunting was pleased with the team's progress.

"I like the renewed spirt on defense," said Bunting. "I think Marvin (Sanders) and (John) Gutekunst have gotten these kids to think about some positive things again. It was tough for these kids the last two years. I think any change, because it's just new, would be helpful. I love those two coaches who aren't here anymore, but just having a couple of new guys with new ideas, with the slate wiped clean is good. The kids have a lot of enthusiasm and they are flying around."

Sanders and Gutekunst were hired in the offseason to lead the defense. Gutekunst is the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and will call the defensive plays in the fall. Sanders, who helped guide a Nebraska defense that led the nation in interceptions in 2003, is the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Offensively, Carolina moved the ball effectively for much of the practice, but is still working to become more consistent.

"We're not even close to where we need to be at the end of the spring," said Bunting. "We've got two weeks to get better on offense, to get this offense really grinding away. We had too many penalties out here today."

Darian Durant quarterbacked the first-team offense, but Carolina rotated quarterbacks Matt Baker, a junior from Rochester Hills, Mich., and redshirt freshman Roger Heinz of Tallahassee, Fla., with the second and third teams.

"(Roger) is a confident kid. That's the way he thinks. Between him and Baker, we've got to come up with a No. 2."


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