Heels 'D' goes back to school

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After its dismal showing at Virginia last Saturday, in which the Tar Heels were incapable of slowing down the Cavaliers' rushing attack, UNC coaches took its defensive personnel back to school this week for a refresher course in Football 101.

North Carolina's defensive line continued to work on fundamentals following Thursday's practice assistant coach Brad Lawing told Inside Carolina.

"It's a daily ongoing process," Lawing said. "As our kids grow up and we get better fundamentals, we'll play better as a defense."

Football is a confidence game. And while many believe the talent is now on board, there is also concern as to the extent the damage of losing is doing to the younger players.

"When a kid gets better at fundamentals and has success, then he can gain more confidence," Lawing said. "But you've got to get better at fundamentals before you can have success."

Lawing went on to emphasize that while he's certainly not satisfied with the line's performance, the entire defense must be held accountable as well.

"It's all 11," he said. "It takes 11 people to stop the run and it takes 11 people to stop the pass."

Late Saturday evening in Charlottesville, some players questioned whether or not some of their teammates were completely into the game that ended in a 56-24 rout of Carolina. Defensive tackle Jonas Seawright said that won't be a problem against the Yellow Jackets, and that the team is making the most of lessons learned from its most recent debacle.

"Practice was a lot more intense this week," Seawright said. "As far as plugging up the middle, we just had to come out and practice harder and focus more on our goals and our techniques."

"One thing we learned is that it was only one game and there are a lot of games left to play. We learned that everybody has to be where they're supposed to be, fit where they're supposed to fit, and play with a high intensity. We should be ready."

  • Head coach John Bunting announced that true freshman defensive end Terry Hunter would not redshirt this season and will see his first game action this Saturday against Georgia Tech, after previously practicing against the offense on the scout team.

    Although he enrolled in school last January, Hunter sat out most of spring drills and pre-season training camp due to a "private matter."

    "Terry Hunter has not only been doing well in practice, but a lot of other things have been going well for him and he's going to play on Saturday," Bunting said.

    No more light was shed on what kept the former East Wake and Hargrave standout sidelined. However he will be eligible for interaction with the media following the game with the Yellow Jackets, and perhaps then the details of his earlier problems will finally become known.

    "We're excited that things have been going well for him," Bunting added. "He's off to a good start in school. He's practiced real hard and made a good impression

    Later in the evening on his weekly radio call-in show, Bunting said he expected Hunter to get in on approximately 10-15 snaps this week.

  • Bunting said he has settled on some changes in the kick coverage teams after giving up school-record 238 total return yards, a touchdown and a near touchdown at Virginia last week. However he declined to elaborate what those personnel adjustments would be.

    "I'm not going to disclose that," he said. "We have made some changes. Yes, we have."

  • Junior Jeff Longhany will start at the SAM linebacker position this week and replace Tommy Richardson, who was suspended on Wednesday for one game due to an "internal disciplinary matter." Scotland County true freshman Hilee Taylor will serve as the backup to Longhany.

  • Sophomore defensive end Brian Rackley has a right ankle sprain and is out for the Tech game.

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