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UNC senior walk-ons will start

North Carolina senior walk-ons Patrick Crouch, David Dupont and Stewart Cooper will join scholarship seniors Tyler Zeller and Justin Watts in the starting lineup for Wednesday's final home game, against Maryland, coach Roy Williams said on his radio show Monday night.

"Unless they screw it up in practice [Tuesday] ... all five of those guys will start," Williams said. "... David and Pat and Stewart have done a fantastic job for us. In football, we call it the scout team. They've really done a great job for us trying to mimic what the other team is going to do and has done, and they've really done a great job. And then Tyler Zeller and Justin Watts, to go through everything they've gone through in their careers, it's a special thing."

Zeller is the only normal starter of the quintet; Watts started two games his sophomore season. Williams traditionally starts his seniors (including walk-ons) for their final home game as a way of celebrating what they've meant to the team.

The coach, who admits he's "corny", especially when it comes to senior day, expects it to be an emotional night.

"I challenge all of the other guys," he said. "I don't challenge Z and Justin Watts and Paddy and David and Stewart -- I challenge everybody else to make sure they go out the right way. Because I want them to have that wonderful feeling."

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