The freshmen have gotten a dose of what it going to take to compete at North Carolina. Here is Inside Carolina's impressions of this class and how they will measure up when the veterans report.
- Derrele Mitchell is likely to see the field this year. He has the size, speed, and maturity to compete for a spot on the two-deep.
- Victor Worsley and Xavier Rainey are both good bets to also skip a redshirt year, partially based on the lack of depth at the linebacker postion.
- Tommy Richardson will also see the field this year. Expect big hits on special teams and when he is in the game as a safety.
- David Woolridge will also play this year. He is likely to handle kickoffs, perhaps field goals, and perhaps compete to be the starting punter.
- After this group, predicting who may or may not redshirt is problematic. Perhaps one or two more wide receivers, and there are as many as five that are close together at this point.
- The staff might like to see one of the defensive ends step up and play this year, but it remains to be seen if Brian Rackley, Alden Blizzard, or Lewis Blizzard will be physically mature enough to play there this season. A lot depends on their progress from now until the season begins.
- Kendall High and Mickey Rice are nice prospects, but it is doubtful if either will skip their redshirt year. The depth at defensive tackle allows the staff this luxury.
- Of the running backs, Mahlon Carey is the most ready for the college level among those eligible. Given the depth at running back, we suspect he will redshirt as well. We wish Rikki Cook could play this season, but he will have to sit out this year as a transfer.
- Of the offensive linemen, Kyle Ralph is the most ready for the college level. In an ideal world, he would redshirt, but depth concerns or injuries could force the staff's hands here.
- The same goes for Cedric Holt and Jacoby Watkins. In a pinch, either could step in and play this year. Holt is one of the best press men I have seen at this stage of his career, he is a natural and hard to shake. Watkins is already physically ready for the college level.
This concludes Inside Carolina's coverage of freshman practices, but be sure to stay tuned when regular fall practice begins.