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Q&A with Larry Fedora: Part II

March, 7, 2013
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North Carolina started spring practices on Wednesday, and we checked in with Larry Fedora to get his take on the program heading into the first of 15 practices in Chapel Hill. Here is the second part of our conversation:

Heading into spring, what are your main priorities?

Larry Fedora: I would say No. 1 is to try to discover what the identity of our offense is going to be, what the identity of our defense is going to be, and what the identity of our special teams is going to be. That’s No. 1. There is no identity right now until we get back out on the field. You get 15 practices to start determining what that identity is going to be. Probably the main thing is to be better than we were when we left off.

How much better do you think you can be? From the outside looking in you see, ‘Wow, they lost some good guys up front.’

LF: No doubt. That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer to that. How good can we be? I’m going to expect us to be really good. Whether we’re going to reach that I don’t know. That’s to be determined, but the expectation level is not going to change, I can assure you.

What about in the return game? Gio (Bernard) was such a big part of that.

LF: We’re going to have an opportunity for somebody else to step up. T.J. Thorpe was going to be the starter going into the season and when he broke his foot that changed. T.J. will get that opportunity, Reggie Wilkins, Khris Francis was a return guy in high school. We’ll see who can emerge into that spot and also give some opportunities to some guys we signed this year who will be coming in this summer.

You mentioned one player at running back (Khris Francis), are there any other players in this incoming recruiting class who Carolina fans might see right away?

LF: That’s hard to tell you before spring. I’ll have a better idea after spring. You hope you don’t have too many of those guys, because that means there’s holes to fill. But there may be. We’ll have to wait and see.

How much more comfortable are you and your staff right now, just having a year under your belts?

LF: Much more. For one, when you look at a guy’s face you know his name. When you see a guy on the field you know who he is. Hopefully by this time we understand what guys can do, what they can’t do, what needs to be developed, how to keep them away from certain things and get them involved in other things.

You guys are playing South Carolina, one of the highlights of the ACC schedule. What are your thoughts on that game?

LF: We’re excited about it. They’re probably as good as they’ve ever been in the history of their program. Coach Spurrier has done a great job with them. It’s exciting. For our guys, it’s extra motivation to work hard in the offseason, spring ball and summer, because you’ve got a great game to start the season with.

Offseason spotlight: North Carolina

February, 15, 2012
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Our offseason spotlight series continues today with North Carolina. A reminder: This series features individual players, position groups and coaches who really need to have big offseasons -- starting this spring.

Spotlight: Receivers.

2011 Summary: Dwight Jones was one of the best receivers in the ACC and led UNC with 85 catches for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns. Erik Highsmith, who returns for his senior season, was second on the team with 51 catches for 726 yards and five touchdowns. UNC had the No. 1 passing efficiency in the ACC under first-year starting quarterback Bryn Renner, and he and Jones had one of the best connections in the league. UNC ran the ball more than it passed last year.

The skinny: There will be many more opportunities for the receivers in Larry Fedora’s first season, as his offense will use three or four at the same time. North Carolina has to replace its top pass catcher from a year ago in Jones, but the Tar Heels have recruited well at the position. T.J. Thorpe led the league in kickoff return yardage, and he’s likely to get a lot more looks in this system. Jheranie Boyd can stretch the field and has been pretty explosive at times, but he can really flourish in this offense. Reggie Wilkins and Sean Tapley are sophomores who will also be given more opportunities.

Injury reports - UNC vs. VT

November, 17, 2011
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Here are the final injury reports for tonight's game:

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Casey Barth, PK Thigh
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Norkeithus Otis, LB Thigh
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for the Season

Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)
Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out

David Wang (foot)

Doubtful

Scott Demler (back)
Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

Week 10 injury reports

November, 4, 2011
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Here are the injury reports from the schools that reported them this week:

DUKE

Probable

S Walt Canty (upper body)
S Matt Daniels (upper body)
CB Zach Greene (leg)

Questionable

DT Jamal Bruce (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out

S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)

Out for season

TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

MARYLAND

Out for season

WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
DB Makinton Dorleant
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate

Out

DL Cody Blue

Doubtful

DL Justin Anderson

Questionable

DL Clarence Murphy

MIAMI

Probable

Jon Feliciano-Lower Extremity

Out

Luther Robinson-Lower Extremity
Shayon Green-Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter-Upper Extremity
Rashawn Scott-Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for season

Marcus Forston-Lower Extremity
Ramon Buchanan-Lower Extremity
Corey White-Lower Extremity
Erik Lichter-Upper Extremity
Blake Ayles-Upper Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Casey Barth, PK Thigh
TJ Leifheit, OT Ankle
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Norkeithus Otis, LB Thigh
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

Questionable
DJ Bunn, SS Knee
Mark McNeill, WR Hip

NC STATE

Out for season

Jarvis Byrd - Knee
Mustafa Greene - Foot
Sterling Lucas - Knee
Jeff Rieskamp - Shoulder

Out

Taylor Gentry - Foot
D.J. Green - Foot
Jake Kahut - Knee
Brandon Pittman - Leg

Questionable

Thomas Teal - Foot

VIRGINIA

Out

Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
Daquan Romero (lower extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)

Questionable
Cam Johnson (lower extremity)

Probable
Sean Cascarano (trunk)
Matt Conrath (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (upper extremity)

ACC injury reports: Week 9

October, 28, 2011
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Here are the latest injury reports from the schools that reported them:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Out
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
DT Dillon Quinn (shoulder)
OG Nate Richman (back)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (leg)
DE Dan Williams (leg)

Doubtful
DT Conor O’Neal (illness)

Questionable
WR Bobby Swigert (shoulder)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

Questionable
Andre Ellington, RB, ankle
Note: D.J. Howard will start at running back.

DUKE

Probable
WR Brandon Braxton (head)
S Matt Daniels (leg)
OG Dave Harding (leg)
QB Sean Renfree (leg)

Questionable
DE Justin Foxx (leg)

Doubtful
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette

Out for season
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
David Spurlock (knee)
Henry Orelus (head)
Moses McCray (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Willie Haulstead (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)

Doubtful
Rashad Greene (ankle)

Out for season
Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Out
Jay Finch, C
Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for season
Fred Holton, S
Jimmie Kitchen, DL
Lance Richardson, S

MARYLAND

Out for season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate

Out
WR Kevin Dorsey
OL Justin Gilbert
DB Jeremiah Johnson;

Doubtful
DL Justin Anderson

Questionable WR/PR Tony Logan
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Max Garcia

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Sean Fitzpatrick, TE Concussion
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

Questionable
Curtis Byrd, RB Knee
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

Probable
Cam Holland, OC Back
Dwight Jones, WR Thigh
Kevin Reddick, LB Chest

NC STATE

Out for season
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

Out
Brandon Pittman, LB - leg
Taylor Gentry, FB - foot
Jake Kahut, DE - knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Thomas Teal, DT - foot

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)
Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out
Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)
Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

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