Tar Heels report to preseason training camp

CHAPEL HILL --­ On the eve of the 2004 preseason training camp, the University of North Carolina's football veterans and freshmen reported to campus Sunday. The Tar Heels' first practice is scheduled for Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Navy Field.

With two exceptions, all freshmen that signed National Letters of Intent in February reported.

Stockbridge, Ga., quarterback Mike Rozier elected to pursue a professional baseball career with the Boston Red Sox, who selected him in the 12th round of June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

"We are disappointed but understand he had an opportunity to pursue a professional baseball career," said head coach John Bunting. "We knew this was a possibility and wish him and his family the best. We thought he would be an outstanding college football player someday and expect he will have similar success in baseball."

Additionally, Sarasota, Fla., defensive back Willie Phelps, who also signed with the Tar Heels in February, will not enroll at Carolina.

Freshman defensive lineman Terry Hunter will join the Tar Heels when classes begin Tuesday, August 24.

"Terry will hopefully begin practicing with us at the start of the school year," said Bunting Sunday evening. "We want him to be part of our program but thought it best to give him a few more weeks to work on some non-football issues."

The Tar Heels have also added a freshman walk-on in Durell Mapp, a 6-foot, 1.5-inch linebacker from Burlington, N.C. He attended Cummings High School.

Stay tuned to Inside Carolina Monday evening for a full report from the first day of practice ...


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