Ingersoll Eager to Learn

North Carolina 2006 signee Michael Ingersoll has no delusions of starting right away. After all, ideally, it's beneficial for incoming offensive linemen to redshirt while learning the intricacies of the position.

"I'm wanting to redshirt, but it's based on how much I'm ready to play," said Ingersoll, a 6-foot-5, 263-pound product from Matthews (N.C.) Butler. "I'm just going to try and come in and learn the system. If I can't play right away, then I want to make sure I make the most of the redshirt year."

Ingersoll, who graduated on Sunday, earned a spot on the N.C. Shrine Bowl team after playing tight end, guard and defensive end in high school. Last season, he caught 16 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, to help lead Butler to a 10-3 record.

But Ingersoll projects as an offensive lineman for the Tar Heels, and he'll arrive on the UNC campus this coming Sunday. With an almost militaristic demeanor, steely eyes and a jaw line that could cut through glass, Ingersoll brings intensity and intelligence to the game.

"I'm just mentally getting ready for the transition," he said. "I'm doing a lot of running, trying to be in the best shape I can be in; even though I know there's not much more I can do to get myself physically ready."

Ingersoll said he's been contacted on a weekly basis by several members of the UNC coaching staff, but mostly new offensive line coach Mark Weber and recruiting coordinator Dave Brock. He got to know former coach Hal Hunter well, and breaks down the difference between him and Weber.

"The main difference between Coach Weber and Coach Hunter is they have two completely different styles of coaching," Ingersoll said. "Coach Hunter was more mechanical and teaching you the game, but not as loud or as aggressive as Coach Weber.

"Coach Weber is very vocal," he said. "He's going to get in your face. He's a sergeant, but he's the nicest, most soft-spoken guy I've ever met. I'm looking forward to playing with him and learning from him, because he's got a pretty impressive resume coming from Fresno State.

"I'm really going to enjoy learning under Coach Weber, because he can teach me a lot and help me to become the best player I can be. And I know I've got a lot to learn, along with Zackery [Handerson], Morgan [Randall], and the rest of them."

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