Up Close: Greg Little, Part II

DURHAM, N.C. --- Greg Little's chiseled physique and athletic skill set screams "play me now." Though he could affect play on either side of the football, the North Carolina coaching staff plans to take advantage of his versatility as a multi-threat receiver. Little is ready.

  • Part I

    "I'm quick, strong and very powerful," said the 6-3, 212-pound Little, who has long since qualified academically. "I try to be very physical, being that I am so big and tall. I just try to beat [defenders] with footwork and strength, and good technique is always good. I'm not the short quick type, but I do like to utilize my footwork.

    "I've been working on my catching ability a whole lot. I try to catch up to 600 balls a day," he added.

    The talent pool of wide receivers is beginning to grow with a potentially exciting group led by Hakeem Nicks; as well as senior Joe Dailey, who made an impact this spring after moving over from quarterback.

    Add in a handful of top high school prospects from this and last year's solid recruiting classes and the competition at the position this fall should be outstanding.

    But getting noticed is what Little does best, primarily because when he's on the field, he seems to be everywhere.

    "My son thrives on competition, so I don't think that will be a deterrent." said Greg Little Sr. "I think he will rise to the occasion."

    Effort and enthusiasm for hard work are not an issue of concern either.

    "I just got my workout (from UNC), and I'm going to start that today," said Little, during an interview at his school. "It's a lot of running and a lot of weight lifting. It's a daily schedule of what I'm supposed to be doing. I'm on a diet right now where I'm eating about six meals a day."

    Little and UNC coaches John Shoop and Charlie Williams have discussed his similarities to Dailey as an all-purpose playmaker; and Little said he may line up at H-Back, too.

    "Coach Williams and I talked about me playing a lot of inside and outside like Joe Dailey," Little said. "Hopefully we can stretch the field this year, and I think we're going to score a lot of touchdowns.

    "Coach Shoop is always upbeat and lively. He says, ‘Plays don't score touchdowns, players score. Plays gain yards, but players score touchdowns.' He can call the plays, but he's leaving it up to me to get into that box. I hope to score."

    During his junior season, Little mostly played tailback, where he rushed 160 times for 1,166 yards and 26 touchdowns. During reps at wideout, he caught 23 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. In limited action on defense, Little picked off four passes. He rang up more than 1,000 yards of total offense in his senior campaign, scoring over a dozen touchdowns from both the tailback and wide receiver positions.

    "From what the coaches at Carolina have told me, they're going to use him a bunch of different ways at wide receiver," Hillside coach Ray Harrison said.

    Stay tuned for Part III coming tomorrow…

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