Barth Considering UNC Proposal

Casey Barth headed into his North Carolina official visit this past weekend hoping to get a better understanding of the partial scholarship proposal the coaching staff has made.

"My parents and I and Coach [Butch] Davis talked [Saturday]," Barth said. "We just kind of talked about the situation going on with the scholarship in January. We were just confirming that it will be there."

If Barth were to choose UNC, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound kicker from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard would be on the team this coming season, but wouldn't be on scholarship until the spring semester. Basically, he would be a walk-on this fall.

The more he thinks about it, the more comfortable Barth becomes with the idea.

"It's one semester; that's not too bad for an in-state school," Barth said. "So it's basically like a full scholarship. I'm kind of thinking of it like that right now."

Regardless, Barth will still take an official visit to Air Force on February 2nd before making his final decision.

Having a brother who attended UNC the past four years, Barth has seen all there is to see of the campus. Thus, his host, Terrence Brown, attempted to show Barth what it's like to actually live on campus.

"We hung out at the dorms and just basically saw what it's like to be a student," Barth said. "I just kind of hung out with some of the guys. It was fun. Terrence showed me a good time. I kind of felt like a player."

Before meeting up with Butch Davis Saturday evening, Barth met with John Lovett, UNC's special teams coordinator.

"[He discussed] the different things they do – like what their kickers and specialists do," Barth said. "… Probably the main thing that they're going to bring me in for is field goal kicking.

"I think [the starting job] is still up for grabs. I have to definitely compete with Jay Wooten, who is there already."

For Hoggard, Barth handled all kicking duties. As a senior, he converted 60-of-61 extra points and 14-of-18 field goals, with a long of 52 yards. He also averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards and placed 21 of his 33 attempts inside the 20-yard line.

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