McGill's Return 'Feasible' vs UL (CORRECTION)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--According to UNC's head football coach, John Bunting, the Tar Heels' running attack could have another weapon in the backfield at Louisville next Saturday.

CORRECTION: The first report of 2.8 yards per carry and 102 yards per game by the Tar Heels' rushing through four games this season was incorrect. Inside Carolina regrets the error.
After sustaining a torn left pectoral muscle lifting weights on June 13 and undergoing successful surgery on June 17 junior running back Ronnie McGill initially was expected to return to action this season October 22 against Virginia in Kenan Stadium. Sunday afternoon Bunting has characterized his chances of returning to action this week as "feasible."

"When I get with Ronnie tomorrow, I'm going to discuss this with him," Bunting said. "From what I gather, Ronnie is going to be allowed to go full-go this week. If that is the case, I think there is a very good chance that he will be playing on Saturday versus Louisville."

If McGill's 5.3 yards/carry over seven games in 2004 is any indication of what he can contribute, he could bolster UNC's average of 2.4 yards/carry and 87 yards/game through four games in 2005.

Bunting has already discussed this possibility with the coaching staff. Once he gets approval from team physicians and McGill, things will progress throughout the coming week, but a specific role for McGill has not yet been determined.

"That is something we will discuss after we all agree that Ronnie will play," Bunting said. "I think, right now in my mind, I would love to see Ronnie play 20-25 snaps against Louisville. That's what I'm thinking right now; that might change."


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