Lemming training hard

Ben Lemming, the big offensive lineman signee from Houston, Texas, has been preparing himself this off-season for a chance to play this fall for North Carolina.

Lemming and his family are working with Danny Arnold, renowned for preparing football players for competition.

"He is one of the best personal trainers in the country," Lemming said of Arnold. "He has worked with a lot of the first and second round picks in the draft like Tommie Harris. He's gotten my weight up to about 290 [pounds] now."

Lemming, who stands 6-4, said he is anxious to get to Chapel Hill.

"I plan to be in Chapel Hill around June 10th for the orientation," he said. "My dad and I plan on driving up together. It looks like they will try me at tackle. Right tackle I think, because they have a walk-on behind Skip (Seagraves) at right tackle and I think I could compete for a spot on the two-deep there."

Lemming said he is still planning on majoring in business and he has lined up his roommate as well.

"I would like to room with Connor Barth," Lemming said. "Our families met on the visit and everyone hit it off. We've been keeping in touch and have gotten pretty close."

Barth, a kicker from Wilmington, N.C., is also a true freshman slated for significant playing time this fall.

The Lemming family will stay in Houston, but plan on flying up for as many games as they can make -- possibly renting a place for their home away from home.

According to Lemming, UNC assistant coach Hal Hunter calls him about once per week to see if he needs anything or has questions, and offers encouragement to stick with his workout plan and to be ready for summer conditioning.

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