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"We're taking good breaks," Davis said. "We're really pushing the idea of hydration with the players. We had watermelon after practice yesterday. We've got hydration tubs with ice water scattered throughout the locker room to try to control their body temperature, so I think we're doing a great job."
Davis has spent a bulk of his coaching career amidst the high temperatures of Texas and Florida, and that experience has taught him to know what symptoms to look for when his players are practicing in 100-degree conditions.
The staff built in two eight-minute breaks throughout Tuesday's two-and-a-half hour practice, with the players drinking water during drills when not taking their personal repetitions.
"You just have to make sure you stay hydrated," senior center Scott Lenahan said. "Coach Davis gives us breaks and gets us under the tent. Some of the guys like to get out early so that we can make our way over [to Navy Field], so he makes sure we get some time in the shade. He does a good job with helping us acclimate to the heat."
But even with this being the first day in full pads, Davis does not plan to use much contact during this training camp.
"We only had one full speed live contact period today and that only lasted 15 plays," Davis said. "All the rest of it was a team tempo where there was no tackling. It was full speed, fly-to-the-ball, wrap-up the ball carrier and then let the ball carrier go ahead and progress down the field.
"We'll probably never have, unless we're actually legitimately scrimmaging, we'll never have a significant amount of contact in any particular practice."
Davis told reporters at the UNC Media Day last Friday that he hoped to have a starting quarterback named by Aug. 11. With only five practice sessions remaining before Saturday, Davis and his staff are still learning about redshirt freshman T.J. Yates, sophomore Cam Sexton and true freshman Mike Paulus.
"Every day is revealing, every drill – today we had our first two-minute drill," Davis said. "We've had blitz drills every day. How a quarterback performs under pressure is a huge part of the decision-making process. Do they make good decisions with the football? Sometimes the best decision they could make is to throw the ball away and let us punt, and have another set of downs."
And while the running back situation has yet to sort itself out, Davis said the competition is paying dividends.
"To be honest with you, I was very pleased with our running backs," Davis said. "I made mention last night at the team meeting how well I thought our running backs were doing -- how physical that they're running with the ball.
"They're making plays. Johnny White, Anthony Elzy, [and] Richie Rich have all done some really good things, so I don't think that anybody is really trying to relinquish the opportunity to maybe become the guy."
The linebacker corps took a hit with Larry Edwards exhausting his eligibility last fall, but several new players have stepped up and some old faces have emerged from the shadows.
"They're playing pretty good," Davis said. "I'll tell you some guys that are doing some really good stuff – Bruce Carter is playing well, Quan Sturdivant's doing a good job, Durell Mapp has just had an outstanding camp. I mean he is relentless running to the football, making plays.
"I like some of the things that Mark Paschal is doing. Mark's done a really good job – I think that he's had one of the better offseasons of some of the guys on the football team. I think he realized he needed to drop some weight, get faster, get quicker, and I think that that adjustment has certainly helped his play-making ability."
The Tar Heels face their first two-a-day on Wednesday, with temperatures forecasted in the triple-digits – again.
Notes from Davis' post-practice interview:
"It's kind of like ‘You have to match my passion, match my effort, my intensity and I'm the leader,'" Davis said. "And you're trying to hang on to that lead."
Trimane Goddard, Aleric Mullins, Kentwan Balmer and Hilee Taylor have all worn the jersey through five days of camp.