Meet the New Walk-Ons

The impact of walk-ons is mostly felt in practice, yet when UNC's football team opens preseason camp this fall, three former walk-ons will be on the two-deep. Inside Carolina has learned of seven new walk-ons that have enrolled and joined the program this summer ...

Alex Asher
St. Anne's-Belfield HS (Charlottesville, VA)
TE, 6'4", 214 lbs.

Asher originally verbally committed to DI-AA Richmond. He also received scholarship offers from James Madison, Liberty, and Ohio, and strong interest from several ACC schools.

Asher is central Virginia's all-time receiving leader with 2,548 career yards, plus 43 touchdown receptions. He began his prep career at Crozet (Va.) Western Albemarle where he started at wide receiver as a freshman, sophomore, and junior. In the second game of his junior year, Asher suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which ended his season.

Shortly after suffering the injury, Asher decided to transfer to St. Anne's-Belfield (STAB) mostly because it gave him the opportunity to repeat his junior season. Both Asher and STAB started the 2007 season slowly, but eventually rode a six-game win streak to a state championship title. Asher was moved to tight end prior to the 2008 season but remained the go-to target, catching 34 passes for 744 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Throughout his prep career, Asher has lined up at tight end, wide receiver, running back, defensive back, defensive end, and outside linebacker. He also handled long snap and return duties (he returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns). Off the football field, Asher played forward for both STAB's and Western Albemarle's basketball teams.

Asher's father, Oliver, played linebacker for Virginia from 1984-88.

Michael Folk
Memphis University HS (Memphis, Tenn.)
WR, 6'3", 180 lbs.

In addition to UNC, Folk received strong interest from Army, Auburn, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, and Navy.

During his prep career, Folk was part of a high powered offense that in 2008 helped Memphis University School (MUS) go undefeated and win the DII AA State Championship. Following his senior season, he was selected to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game, joining UNC freshman Gene Robinson on the Red Team.

Folk was also part of MUS's track team, running the 100-meter dash. His personal best time was 11.72 seconds.

Taylor Hansen
Wake Forest-Rolesville HS (Wake Forest, N.C.)
OC, 6'3", 290 lbs.

Hansen fielded strong interest from all the in-state schools, plus Rutgers.

As a senior, Hansen started at center on an offensive line that helped Wake Forest-Rolesville (WFR) rush for 4,403 yards (6.37-yard average per carry). Following the season, he was selected to the Shrine Bowl, where he played both center and guard.

Hansen also participated in track for WFR, partaking in the shot put and discus. His best shot put was 38-02.25.

William Hyman
Porter-Gaud HS (Charleston, S.C.)
LB, 6'3" 226 lbs.

Hyman played inside linebacker, tight end, and punter for Porter-Gaud. As a senior, he caught 25 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns on offense, while accumulating 72 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions on defense. He was named All-Lowcountry Football honorable mention at tight end and represented South Carolina in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic, following the season.

Watch Hyman's 100-plus yard touchdown from last season.

Matt Kolojejchick
Wyoming Valley West HS (Larksville, Pa.)
RB, 5'10", 180 lbs.

Kolojejchick transferred into UNC from DI-AA Rhode Island, where he redshirted last season as a freshman.

A four-year letter winner, Kolojejchick finished his high school career with 4,345 career rushing yards. He was a two-time all-conference selection.

Kolojejchick set several school records during his prep career. He established single-season records for rushing yards (2,295) and touchdowns (34) as a senior captain in 2007. He also set school records with 386 yards and seven touchdowns in a playoff win over Delaware Valley in 2007.

Kolojejchick was also an All-American swimmer who won the 50-yard freestyle at the 2007 Pennsylvania State Championship after earning a silver medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2006 State Championship.

Mack Lloyd
Green Hope HS (Morrisville, N.C.)
LS, 6'1", 265 lbs.

Lloyd arrives at UNC primarily as a long snapper, but was an all-conference offensive lineman for Green Hope.

Lloyd earned a spot on Chris Sailer's Top 12 National Long Snappers List.

Also, Lloyd wrestled for Green Hope in the heavyweight division. He ended his senior season with a 12-18 record and nine pins.

George Spears
East Chapel Hill HS (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
LB, 6'2", 235 lbs.

Spears, a life-long UNC fan, received scholarship offers from several Division II schools, including Catawba. He also received strong interest from several area Division I-A programs.

Spears began his high school career at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, but transferred to Chapel Hill (N.C.) High following his sophomore season to be closer to his parents. He then transferred to East Chapel Hill prior to his senior year.

Three games into his senior season, Spears was moved from linebacker to defensive end to improve East's rush defense. Just when he became comfortable at his new position, Spears season ended with a anterior cruciate ligament tear. In six games, he totaled eight sacks.

Since entering high school, Spears has trained under the guidance of Robert Prunty, Hargrave's head football coach.


Inside Carolina Top Stories