Back in Action

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The 2006 football season resulted not only in a 3-9 record, but it also proved to be detrimental to the health of a number of UNC players. The injury bug was not prejudiced, biting starters, reserves and incoming freshmen alike. The Tar Heels are hopeful those returning players can add a significant amount of depth to this young North Carolina program.

"Another thing that's a positive is to get some of the guys that were injured in the spring back," head coach Butch Davis said at UNC's Media Day on Friday. "Getting Kyndraus Guy back, I'm anxious and eager to find out [what he can do]. He's got some playing experience, he can provide some leadership.

"Getting Jordan Hemby back - he's had an awesome summer and is really running and cutting well. Getting Ben Lemming back - what's going to be his role?... Johnny White, who had surgery, he's back and running and ready to go. And Kennedy Tinsley at linebacker and special teams, we need him to be a player for us."

Adding to that list, junior free safety Trimane Goddard is back after breaking his fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot during last season's fall practice, as well as sophomore tight end Richard Quinn, who fractured his right shoulder blade only three weeks after Goddard's injury.

Quinn said watching last season unfold weighed heavily on his mind.

"It was very tough, just to watch my team out there in action and I wanted to be a part of it so bad," Quinn said. "I felt like me not being out there was part of reason things went down the way they did."

Goddard agreed: "It was like I had nothing to look forward to. We didn't do too [well] last year, and I thought I could make a couple of plays that some people didn't make, and it made it more difficult."

Guy injured his right knee at the 7:24 mark of the first quarter in the wild 45-44 season finale against Duke, forcing him to sit out Davis's first spring practice. The redshirt senior defensive tackle, who has played in 35 games during his career, is ready to go for his final season in Chapel Hill.

"The knee is doing real good," Guy said. "We're still rehabbing it for precautionary reasons. Trying to be safe, trying to be smart…I have been full-go on it. I haven't missed too many days over the summer."

The Hope Mills, N.C. native said that the injuries that occurred last season may have helped this year's squad, as it allowed reserves some needed experience in live game situations.

"When you've got depth, it's always good on any team," Guy said. "You can teach guys a little bit more, because more guys have been on the field and have that experience."

The fifth-year senior is hoping to prevent another injury this season, after falling victim to the bug in back-to-back season finales -- last year versus Duke and in 2005 against Virginia Tech (sprained ankle).

"I'm going to start wearing a little four-leaf clover in my shoe, just in case," Guy said.

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