Baker Shines In First Scrimmage

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – With temperatures soaring into the mid-90's, senior Matt Baker had a solid debut as the starting quarterback in North Carolina's first preseason scrimmage at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. Baker completed 17 of 26 attempts for 172 yards, no interceptions and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a 15-yard strike to senior wideout Jarwarski Pollock.

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    During the nearly two hour scrimmage, Carolina worked its two-minute offense, goal-line offense and several situational possessions.

    "I thought we did a number of things well, but we certainly have room to improve," said Bunting. "We got a lot of things done, we got into some situations and we got some heat. I found out I don't have to worry about the quarterback. We need to find a way to run the ball. We did not run very well today."

    Baker and the other five Tar Heel signal callers spread the ball around to 12 receivers, led by junior Mike Mason who finished with three catches for 51 yards. Freshman Brooks Foster had two catches for 65 yards, including a 59-yarder from Ben Johnson.

    With sophomore Roger Heinz out indefinitely with a back injury, redshirt freshman Joey Bozich saw significant time as the backup quarterback. Bozich completed 3 of 8 attempts for 31 yards.

    Justin Warren led the rushing attack with six carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Barrington Edwards had six carries for 13 yards.

    Defensively, Chase Page recorded a sack and played well at defensive tackle. Page is coming back after missing the entire 2004 season with a hand injury.

    Carolina returns to the practice field on Sunday evening.


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