T.J. Yates stopped worrying about his repaired right shoulder one day recently because of an incomplete pass. He wasn't happy about missing his receiver, Hakeem Nicks, on the pattern when they were working out on their own, but was elated by the manner in which the misfire happened. The ball flew about 65 yards in Yates' estimation and was well over Nicks' head. Since then, Yates hasn't wondered if his arm strength was weakened by surgery on the shoulder, which was necessary because of a late-season injury in 2007, or if he will be ready when North Carolina opens its season four weeks from today. "I knew I was going to be good then," Yates said. "I'm anxious to feel that first hit and see what (my shoulder) feels like, but I definitely think I'm 100 percent.
Winging It: UNC's Yates healthy
The Winston-Salem Journal
T.J. Yates was happy to be back on a football field Friday, even if it was just for practice.
But although Yates enjoyed the start of North Carolina's preseason drills, he's looking forward even more to Sunday. That's when North Carolina's sophomore quarterback will throw a football for the first time with pads on since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder last December.
"I haven't thrown in shoulder pads since the Duke game,'' Yates said during a media day event held before the first of UNC's 29 preseason workouts. "So I'm really anxious to see how that goes. It's just a little different feel when you're throwing while wearing shoulder pads and a helmet.''
Yates ready to shoulder UNC's QB load
The Fayetteville Observer
Had North Carolina switched Greg Little from wideout to tailback earlier last season, coach Butch Davis said recently, the Tar Heels might have had a better shot of making a bowl.
So now that the sophomore from Durham is entrenched as the top running back in training camp, UNC's coaches are concentrating on finding Nos. 2, 3 and 4 -- because they don't want to make the same mistake again.
Little will play a bigger role for Tar Heels
The News and Observer
For much of his first season as North Carolina's football coach, when Butch Davis broke out stories to illustrate a point, they always started with similar caveats.
"A year ago, all the stories we could relate to our players happened to us at other programs," Davis said. "It happened to us in Dallas, it happened to us in Miami, it happened to (offensive coordinator John Shoop) in Chicago. Everybody had their little stories but it really didn't mean anything to the players."
Tar Heels aim to build on memories
The Burlington Times-News
Butch Davis spoke for 17 minutes straight to open his news conference before North Carolina's first football practice, so naturally he covered a wide variety of topics. But it didn't take long to figure out that one was particularly important to him.
Heels' Davis goes into depth
The Wilmington Star
T.J. Yates was satisfied that his right shoulder was 100 percent healthy when he overthrew wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during a workout a week or two ago.
Yates 100 percent after surgery
The Durham Herald-Sun
The worst was South Carolina. No wait, the worst was Georgia Tech.
Heels focus on winning the close ones
The Durham Herald-Sun
Curtis Campbell has become the first football player in Grassfield's two-year history to commit to a Division I program by picking North Carolina.
Grassfield's Campbell commits to UNC for football