Spring Game: Offense Notebook

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Inside Carolina's Don Callahan provides analysis on the offense from Saturday's Spring Game ...

* Saturday was the public's first view of UNC's revamped starting receiving corps – Greg Little and Dwight Jones. Although Little ended the game catch-less, Jones had a game-high three catches for 61 yards, including a 46-yard reception near the goal line from T.J. Yates.

"We've got some good receivers – I mean we've got some great receivers right now," Jones said. "But we're still kind of young, so really everybody is just getting in the rhythm. The chemistry with the quarterback is coming along fine."

UNC's quarterbacks were very efficient, completing 77-percent of their passes for 202 yards and no interceptions.

Unlike the past couple of seasons, targeting wide receivers wasn't the main focus of the passing game Saturday. More than half of the passes completed were caught by non-receivers.

Ed Barham, a junior tight end, worked with both the first and second teams and caught two passes for 35 yards.

* Although he didn't initially come out with the first- or second-string offenses, Jamal Womble had arguably the most impressive performance on offense.

"I felt the whole spring I've been doing well and I've been competing very hard," Womble said. "I felt like once I got the first carry, I got the jitters out. From there it's just knowing my assignment and then it's instincts."

Womble, a red-shirt freshman, had a game-high 50 yards on seven carries. He also caught three passes for 12 yards.

"He ran very physical, he's got the ability to make some people miss in the hole – which you saw that today – and catch the ball out of the backfield," Butch Davis said.

Eleven of his yards came on a rush on third-and-six in which he displayed his balance and broke through two potential tackles.

"In practice we work on, we call it, the tool box – stiff arm, spin move, everything," Womble said. "The tool is if you get hit, you use your arm for balance, you use your arm to maybe dig off the ground. I just came back with what we've been practicing."

Walk-on Steven Hatley had his own highlight reel-worthy carry. Late in the scrimmage, he broke three tackles for a 15-yard gain. Hatley was the game's second leading rusher (19 yards) on just two carries.

Incumbent Shaun Draughn had the game's lone rushing touchdown – a one-yarder – and rushed for eight yards on six carries. Ryan Houston, who carried the ball five times for 16 yards, worked with the second team until leaving the game after sliding into a bench.

* The offensive line allowed three sacks, but contributed to the running back's 4.16-yard averages-per-carry.

The starting unit consisted of Kyle Jolly (LT), Jonathan Cooper (LG), Lowell Dyer (OC), Alan Pelc (RG), and Mike Ingersoll (ROT). Backing them up were Carl Gaskins (LT), Greg Elleby (LG), Cam Holland (C), Mike Dykes (RG), and Kevin Bryant (RT).

* Johnny White handled all the punt return duties. However, because of the distance and hang-time of walk-on Grant Schallock's punts, White was forced to call fair catch on all three of his return attempts.

"[Schallock] went out there and did a nice job, boomed some punts down the field," Davis said.

Charlie Brown returned the lone kickoff.


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