Signee Update: C.J. Feagles

With Terrence Brown graduating, North Carolina signee C.J. Feagles will be the only scholarship punter on UNC's roster this fall. The U.S. Army All-American is looking to seize the opportunity.

"I definitely want to come in and start right away," Feagles said. "I think I'll have to prove myself first. Grant [Schallock] has been down there for so long and kicked this spring."

Schallock, a rising junior walk-on, was the only true punter on UNC's spring roster and thus handled all the punting duties during the spring season.

"As of now, [Schallock] is the guy," Feagles said. "I just plan on getting down there [and] trying to compete for the job. I went to the spring game and [Schallock] kicked pretty well, so I think it should be pretty interesting."

Clark Sechrest, an incoming freshman walk-on from Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg, will also be a part of the competition this fall.

With his focus on winning UNC's punting job, Feagles has spent the months since his senior football season preparing.

Feagles has been working out at Force Performance Training and punts three times a week. He estimates that 90-percent of his practice time is spent with his father, Jeff, who has punted 21 years in the NFL and is currently with the New York Giants.

"I try to go out with my dad most of the time, but a lot of times I just go when I have a free period during school," Feagles said.

Additionally, Feagles has picked up yoga to help improve his flexibility.

"Flexibility is important, but being a kicker [or] being a punter it's a little bit more important," Feagles said. "They said I'd have to do yoga and Pilates once I got down there, so I figured I might as well get a head start on it and start doing it now so when I get down there I'm not completely behind."

In a short period of time, Feagles has already seen significant improvement.

"I definitely have more hang time," Feagles said. "I think the yoga has really helped. I've been a lot more flexible – I've been able to get my leg up a lot higher.

"And I think the distance has come along. During the season, I was more of a hang time guy – I got decent distance, but nothing spectacular. I think I'm getting a lot more distance now that I'm working out on a daily basis."

Throughout his recruitment, Feagles kept in contact with John Lovett. With Lovett having departed the staff, Feagles has been talking with new assistant coach Allen Mogridge. The two have spoken three times, but have never met.

"He said when I get down there, he's who I'm going to be coached by," Feagles said. "He's been calling me because he's been trying to come down and see me.

"We were supposed to meet either today or tomorrow, but something came up. So he said he's going to try to get down here maybe in a couple weeks."

Feagles, who says he's projected to qualify, will arrive at UNC on June 14 in time to enroll in the second summer semester. However, he will have to return to Ridgewood, N.J. on June 24 for graduation.

"I'm going to go to class that morning and fly [to Ridgewood], go to the graduation ceremony and then come back a day or two later to finish up school," Feagles said.

Feagles isn't sure what jersey number he'll sport this fall.

"I had a different number basically every year through high school, so I'm not big on numbers," Feagles said. "I guess either 18 or 19 would be nice. I haven't put much thought into it."

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