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Sunday, July 26, 2009
UNC's Yates confident in young receivers

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The hype surrounding UNC freshman receiver Joshua Adams is warranted, at least according to the quarterback who's been throwing to him this summer.

T.J. Yates said Adams definitely has what it takes to become an immediate contributor this fall. Adams, who enrolled in January, has shown flashes of his potential already with three receptions for 20 yards in the spring game. He had his knee scoped in May, but returned in time for summer conditioning and should be completely healthy entering the fall.

"He's one of the hardest working receivers I've been around," Yates said. "Especially for his young age. Coming right into school, he was 100 percent ball, all the time. He was watching film everyday, catching the ball. Even when he was hurt he was catching the ball, running routes, so his work ethic is really going to pay off for him. He's definitely going to contribute for us. He's got great hands, he runs really good routes, and he can go up there and make the catches guys aren't supposed to, so he's definitely going to make some plays for us."

Yates said all of the young receivers have been "bugging" him this summer to throw with them, even if they've been out throwing all day.

"I really like their work ethic, and trying to really take in what Hakeem (Nicks) and Brooks (Foster) and (Brandon) Tate did in the past, and mimic their work ethic," Yates said. "They see that if they work as hard as them, that they can get to that next level just like they did."

Also good news for Heels' fans, is the fact that not only has kicker C.J. Feagles arrived on campus, but so has his father, Jeff, who has played 21 seasons in the NFL and is the punter for the New York Giants.

"He was out there with his dad a couple of days ago," Yates said. "I mean that's who you need to be learning from. He's definitely got the talent and the work ethic, too."