Now that North Carolina has determined a starter behind center -- it's redshirt freshman T.J. Yates for at least the first game -- another question looms: Who's going to start behind him? Eleven days before UNC's season-opener against James Madison, four tailbacks remain in contention for playing time. Although coaches have seemed pleased with the progress of sophomore Richie Rich and freshmen Anthony Elzy, Ryan Houston and Johnny White, they're still waiting for a leader to emerge.
Vying for time at running back
The News and Observer
Scott Lenahan says there's a cool confidence to T.J. Yates.
Lenahan, the starting center on North Carolina's football team, has gotten to know UNC's starting quarterback quite well over the past six months.
The relationship between a center and quarterback is unique, and other than the coaches, no Tar Heel understands Yates' qualities like Lenahan.
Cool confidence helps Yates win job
The Wilmington Star
The football practice field at North Carolina is Butch Davis classroom, and while X's and O's are dispensed at a rapid rate, the Tar Heels are being given some life lessons as well.
North Carolina: New coach inspiration to team
The Savannah Morning News
Kendric Williams was so stunned at the time that he can't recall exactly what Butch Davis said. But he got the gist of the message when North Carolina's football coach announced in a team meeting on the first day of training camp that Williams would be placed on scholarship.
'Dream come true' for UNC's Williams
The Durham Herald-Sun
If Roy Williams has as much savvy as it so often seems, he'll find his way over to Butch Davis' office sometime soon and start helping the Tar Heels football coach sharpen his gameplans. Top priority: Sept. 15 versus Virginia at Kenan Stadium.
Heels have calendar marked for key visits
The Fayetteville Observer