The freshmen practiced again this morning, and here is what was notable from this session:
- The cornerback recruits, Cedric Holt and Jacoby Watkins, were the story of the morning. These recruits continue to surprise. Both drew praise from head coach John Bunting. "I tought that Cedric Holt and Jacoby Watkins really competed today. Those kids have a great future here. They have good quickness. Ced Holt has a real knack, and Jacoby may be the fastest guy of the team, we timed him at 4.3 (in the forty)." Coach Bunting has not ruled out these players as playing this season, though he likes the depth at cornerback among the veterans.
- Again drawing notice was Rikki Cook. Cook is fluid and powerful, and in particular does well in receiving drills.
- Tommy Richardson continued to be impressive. On one play he deflected the ball from the receiver and picked it out of the year, running it back for a mock touchdown. The offensive coaches pointed out to their charges, "That is how you finish plays."
- Walk-on John Deshields is lining up at strong safety, and drew some praise from defensive backs coach Jim Fleming.
- Kyle Ralph and Duante Fields both have minor hamstring injuries, but the injuries were not considered serious.
- Walk-on wide receiver Kevin Watson, who appeared to sustain a slight ankle injury Saturday morning, was back this morning and looked very fast.
- The linebackers, Victor Worsley and Xavier Rainey both continued to be impressive as well. Worsley is ahead of Rainey in strength, it does not appear that Rainey has worked out heavily with weights to this point in his career.
- In terms of strength and conditioning, the skill players averaged 4.57 in the forty on grass; the average bench press of the three offensive linemen was 370, a mark that the staff was pleased with. The linebackers were considered very athletic, as they ran and jumped well. Overall, Coach Bunting said he was pleased with the team speed.
- Punter David Woolridge may have had first day jitters on Saturday, but appeared to punt the ball well today. Justin Phillips, a walk-on from Pittsboro, also punted well at times again today. He also was the "desginated quarterback" in many of the passing drills.
- Coach Bunting continues to be impressed with Brian Rackley, Alden Blizzard, and Lewis Burnham, and declined to say which of these players might play this year, but believes one or more might.
Inside Carolina will follow up with a report from this afternoon's practice.