Barth Ready to Compete

Like North Carolina's signees, Casey Barth plans to arrive on campus June 16 and has received a workout regimen from UNC's strength and conditioning staff.

"At my high school the workouts are all similar, now I'm doing a kicker specific type workout," Barth said. "They definitely focus more on the flexibility and hip movement more than we do in high school.

"[The workouts] are something I'm still getting used to. I think just doing it right now will help me not be so bewildered when I get down there."

To make adequate time for UNC's workout routines, Barth elected not to participate in track this spring.

"I wasn't in a weight lifting class in school, so I wasn't getting lifting in during school so I had to lift after school," Barth said.

The plan remains for Barth, a kicker from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, to walk-on the football team this summer and fall, and then be put on scholarship starting with the spring 2009 semester.

Red-shirt freshman Jay Wooten emerged from the spring as the front runner to fill the vacant place kicking position. However, a competitive battle in fall camp awaits.

"I think right now, they just want me to come in and compete for the place kicking job," Barth said. "I think if I do alright, I could possibility start. We'll see. I think the spot is still kind of open."

Barth doesn't expect to become a punting candidate (starting punter Terrence Brown graduates after this season), but said he wouldn't be surprised if he's in the mix for kicking off.

The past four years, Barth's older brother, Connor, has served as UNC's place kicker.

"He's just being supportive right now," Casey said of his brother. "He believes in me so he doesn't really have to say much. He just kind of tells to be cool and just to take it day-by-day."

As a senior, Barth converted 64-of-65 extra points and 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 52 yards. He also averaged 42.1 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards and placed 22 of his 37 attempts inside the 20-yard line. Of his 90 kickoffs, 49 landed in the end zone for touchbacks.

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