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No running back has reached the milestone at UNC since 1997. Having a running back that rushes for 1,000 yards in a season is still a significant achievement to North Carolina coach Butch Davis. "I think it absolutely is a benchmark, and I think it's probably even more significant on the collegiate level because it's more difficult (to do),'' Davis said Friday as the Tar Heels opened preseason training camp for the 2009 season.
Heels' Draughn aiming for 1,000-yard mark
The Fayetteville Observer

Ryan Taylor was brought to North Carolina three years ago to do a specific job for the football program. This season, his last at North Carolina, he should finally get the chance to do it.
Tar Heels have Taylor at H-back
The Winston-Salem Journal

Bruce Carter still remembers how he felt during his first football practice at North Carolina. The star linebacker stopped short of belting out a verse of "Amazing Grace," but he borrowed a metaphor from the old hymn. "I was blind," Carter said of his freshman season. "I didn't know what was going on." And now that he's a junior? "It's kind of easy," he said. Carter's comfort level is a barometer for the progress of the UNC program under coach Butch Davis. The Tar Heels kicked off their first day of practice for the 2009 season Friday.
Heels on familiar turf
The News and Observer

Butch Davis never had to worry about throwing downfield during his first two years as North Carolina's head football coach. Not with receivers such as Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster running pass patterns. This season, that proven receiving talent is gone. The Tar Heels' top returning receiver is a running back. The most experienced wideout has 24 career catches while bouncing among positions. The other receivers on the preseason depth chart have combined to appear in four games and have never caught a college pass.
Unproven group of UNC receivers see opportunity
The Associated Press

Donavan Tate, a North Carolina freshman quarterback, is expected to arrive on campus today to start football practice but how long he stays is anyone's guess. Tate is also an outstanding center fielder as well, and was the No. 3 choice in June's baseball draft by the San Diego Padres. He and his family are still negotiating with Padres officials. If Tate doesn't sign with San Diego by midnight on Aug. 17, he will be considered a college student by Major League Baseball and will not be eligible for the baseball draft again until after his junior season.
UNC may lose Tate to baseball
The Winston-Salem Journal

Whether it's wishful thinking -- had Tate as the No. 7 athlete in the country -- UNC coach Butch Davis struck a slightly more optimistic tone. "He has stated emphatically that the reason he chose North Carolina -- he wanted to be a college student, he wanted an opportunity to play big-time college football and to play on a big-time college baseball team," Davis said Friday shortly before UNC held its first practice. "He still is in love with Carolina, but he doesn't know right now. "It's still kind of up in the air." Other than the Tate news, it was a relatively quiet first day of practice for the Tar Heels.
UNC could get late addition, but focus is on players in camp
The Durham Herald-Sun

The most obvious question crystallized after the USA Today coaches' poll was released Friday. Locally, there is a lot of excitement about North Carolina and N.C. State after both schools reached bowl games in the same season for the first time since 2001. There is a sense locally that both teams are on about the same level. Yet nationally, that's not the case. North Carolina was ranked No. 20 by the coaches, receiving 293 points. N.C. State wasn't even within sniffing distance of the top 25; it received just seven points.
Heels beat Pack in national buzz
The News and Observer

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