North Carolina's offense showed off its new look Saturday in its first spring game under coach Larry Fedora, and quarterback Bryn Renner and tailback Romar Morris turned in impressive performances. Morris, a redshirt freshman, scored three touchdowns in the first half to provide the biggest highlight. Renner looked comfortable running the no-huddle scheme that Fedora brought with him from his time at Southern Mississippi and completed 23 of 28 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Beyond the statistics, it was the final chance for Fedora and his staff to see how much the Tar Heels have processed in 15 spring practices and where they'll pick up for preseason camp in August.
Renner, Morris turn heads in UNC spring game
The Winston-Salem Journal
No North Carolina player was more excited to hear about new coach Larry Fedora's fast-paced spread offense than Romar Morris.
Morris won back-to-back 100- and 200-meter track titles at Salisbury High School, making him well suited to play in an offense predicated on speed.
"I had a smile from ear to ear," Morris said. "At first, I didn't really know what the system was. All I knew was it would get me in space."
Morris has a better understanding of the offense after spring practice, and Saturday afternoon he showed how well it fit him.
Morris, Tar Heels off to fast start in new offense
The Durham Herald-Sun
On the surface of Saturday's spring game at North Carolina, quarterback Bryn Renner looks primed for a huge season in first-year coach Larry Fedora's system.
The junior impressively completed 23 of 28 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns, leading three straight touchdown-scoring drives in the second quarter of a 44-21 victory for the blue team.
But don't be quick to assume Renner's growing pains within the new offense are behind him.
Renner shines with asterisk for Tar Heels in spring football game
The Burlington Times-News
At times during North Carolina's spring game at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, the Tar Heels' revamped offense provided glimpses of what it might become under first-year head coach Larry Fedora. And in other moments, it stalled amid penalties, mistakes and the kind of growing pains that come with learning something new.
UNC spring football game comes with highlights, TDs, plenty of teachable moments
The Charlotte Observer
Already, there was an electric atmosphere around campus, the kind that only comes with a UNC-Duke game at the Smith Center. Fedora didn't want to hide from it. Instead, he wanted to channel that energy into his program, and he wanted to convince some of the state's best high school football players that they could create that buzz, too.
"He gave this huge speech," said Khris Francis, a Durham Hillside running back, "about keeping the in-state kids all coming here to North Carolina, so we can have a North Carolina dream team."
Francis grew up in Durham and grew up a North Carolina fan. But he didn't know for sure that he wanted to play for the Tar Heels until visiting with Fedora and his staff, and listening to Fedora's talk about keeping the top in-state talent at home.
Larry Fedora making inroads with in-state recruits as UNC's new coach
The Charlotte Observer