Elzy On the Run

North Carolina 2006 signee Anthony Elzy rarely stops running these days. The solid and speedy scatback nicknamed "Li'l Tony," has been promised he'll get a shot to play this fall, as the Tar Heels will continue to audition backup tailbacks behind Ronnie McGill.

"I'm very, very, very stoked about it," Elzy said on Tuesday. "I cannot wait to get down there. Hopefully I can do my part. All I want is to do my part on the team."

At 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Elzy is cat quick, reporting he was recently clocked at 4.40 seconds across 40 yards.

He's also lifting weights on a regular basis, but what Elzy really likes to do is run. Warren (Ohio) Kennedy is wrapping up its track season with him entered in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x200m events.

"I'm constantly running," Elzy said. "I'm just trying to keep my wind in me. On weekends, I run on my own."

A first-team all-state tailback, Elzy rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 21 touchdowns last year, and 2,511 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior.

He even had one game in which he racked up 470 yards on 22 carries and scored seven touchdowns. And just to prove the performance was no fluke, Elzy later ran for 400 yards and seven touchdowns in another game.

UNC running backs coach Andre' Powell is expected to visit either Wednesday or Thursday to further discuss Elzy's collegiate future. He's also been studying game film of Fresno State's offense, which was led last season by new Tar Heels' offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"Coach Cignetti's style of play is one I really like," he said. "It's hardnosed and down to the bone – my type of football.

"I'm very excited. I can't wait to come down there and see what it's like officially."

Elzy says he's already passed admissions at UNC and plans to move on campus June 19, in time for the second session of summer school.

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