Scrimmages Proving Valuable For Heels
By Megan Walsh, GoHeels.com
The North Carolina football team said after practice Wednesday that it's still waiting to look like a football team.
With a scrimmage in Charlotte, N.C., under their belt, the Tar Heels were originally planned to play their second game-style competition in Greensboro, N.C., tonight.
Field conditions from this week's weather have switched things up, though, and now UNC will take the field at Kenan Stadium at 5 p.m.
But no matter the location, Carolina's coaching staff is looking to these games as a true test for young and experienced players alike as the Tar Heels prepare for the Spring Game next weekend.
"For us it's an evaluation," head coach Larry Fedora said. "It's another evaluation for a kid. He's out there. He doesn't have a coach in his ear telling him what to do. He's got to think. He's got to play the game the way the game is going to be played next fall. So we get a feel for where the guys are at this time - not only as an individual, but as a unit."
Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson said following Charlotte's scrimmage, the Tar Heels will be looking for a sharper performance with more leadership and a focus on making assignments.
After experiencing some type of change at every position group, the Tar Heels are working on building both experience and depth at multiple spots.
"It's nice to have some guys with experience out there," Fedora said. "We're moving guys around, which is really good. (Sean Tapley) has gone from inside to outside and (Kendrick Singleton) has gone from outside to inside, so they're learning multiple positions which enables them to be more valuable to our team and also for us to build some depth."
"We're learning our plays in a different way," Tapley said. "Last year we were just learning our position, but now it's about concepts. Coach has been making everybody play different positions and that's been a big challenge."
For Tapley, that means working on shifting to the outside while also working on his blocking. He said he's confident he can run good routes and make explosive plays, but he can always take his blocking to the next level.
After getting a good hold on the offense in his freshman season last year, Quinshad Davis is focusing on making plays and being the go-to receiver for North Carolina's offense. And the spring scrimmages are the perfect place to do so.
"It's just giving us a game feel," Davis said. "We're out here competing right now but aren't really hitting. When we go to the scrimmages we're hitting each other, we're live and we're getting ready for the spring game."