Shrine Bowl: Hunter Furr Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Since arriving in Spartanburg for the Shrine Bowl, UNC commitment Hunter Furr has practiced with a chip on his shoulder.

"I came down here with the point to prove that I can play running back at the college level [and] I'm not going to have to switch to safety," Furr said.

"[Tuesday] afternoon, I had a great practice – I got pissed off a little bit and had a good practice. And then [Wednesday], I ran over a 300-pound defensive lineman in ‘team' drills – that was awesome.

"I just run with the attitude that no one can bring me down. Even after they blow the whistle, I'm still going after people."

Furr, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound tailback from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, hopes his practice habits have earned him plenty of playing time for Saturday.

"Coach [Gary Fowler] has told us that we're all going to get a chance to make some plays. But he said if he finds a thoroughbred, he's going to ride him until he's on the ground," Furr said. "So I'm going to try to be that guy that [South Carolina] can't stop."

The North Carolina team's tailback stable includes several different styles of runners. The coaching staff has several plays drawn up specifically for each runners' strengths.

"When we spread it out and go to the four-wide [receivers], normally we put [Kevin] Fogg and Larry Raper in the slots, [and I'll run] some jet sweeps," Furr said. "But also, when we go to the [I-formation], it's just me and [Damonte] Terry back there pounding it between the tackles."

In addition to being in the tailback rotation, Furr has spent some practice time at fullback.

"At fullback, I'm getting dumped into the flats a little bit so that I can make a move on the end defender, and then I don't mind sometimes sticking up in [the line battle]," Furr said.

Clemson commitment Tyler Shatley and East Carolina commitment Damonte Terry will handle the bulk of the fullback reps. Furr and Wake Forest pledge Justin Jackson will serve as reserves.

Initially, Furr was expected to play on just about every special teams formation. However, an injury suffered during kickoff practice has relegated Furr solely to offense.

"I got an MRI and they thought it was a shoulder fracture, but it actually ended up not being anything," Furr said. "I just re-aggravated [an old injury]. The x-ray showed a fracture, but the MRI showed nothing. So it's good."

When he's not practicing, Furr is assisting in UNC's recruiting efforts.

"I've been talking to Tyler Shatley a lot, we're trying to get him – that's a big butt I want in front of me for the next four years," Furr said. "And then [I'm] working on guys like Travis Bond."

Furr said he has scheduled his UNC official visit for the weekend of January 16.

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