Davis Cleared to Practice

Inside Carolina
Posted Aug 15, 2012


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman wide receiver Quinshad Davis has been medically cleared to practice and officially joined training camp on Wednesday morning. Head coach Larry Fedora addressed that topic, as well as several others after practice.

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** After being relegated to catching balls and fielding field goal attempts on the sideline during the first 12 practices of camp, Davis participated in position drills for the first time with his teammates. UNC did not disclose the specifics of Davis’s medical situation.

“It’s good to have it over with and good to get him going,” Fedora said. “I know he’s been very anxious. He and his mother have done a great job throughout this whole process of having everything ready to go.”

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound rookie was in shorts and helmet as required by the NCAA’s five-day acclimatization period. Davis will be in shorts and helmet again on Thursday and then will add shoulder pads on Friday and Saturday before donning his full gear for the first time on Sunday.

North Carolina is scheduled to practice twice on Wednesday, but the NCAA rules prevent a player from participating in more than one practice a day while navigating the acclimatization period.

As you might expect, it’s still far too early for the coaching staff to know how Davis will factor in at wide receiver.

“I think he caught some balls and he moved around good, so who knows,” Fedora said. “It’s good to have him out there.”

** Another player that made his appearance at practice – albeit on the sidelines – is sixth-year senior fullback Devon Ramsay.

It’s been a long road for the Red Bank, N.J. native. A shoulder injury forced him to miss the 2007 season, a NCAA charge that was later overturned cost him nine games in 2010 and an ACL injury in the season opener last fall put him on the sidelines once again.

Ramsay was granted a medical hardship waiver to be able to play in 2012, but he was not included on UNC’s 105-man training camp roster due to his rehab. On Wednesday, he rode the exercise bike and went through some light agility drills with a hard brace on his left knee.

“It’s just good to get him back and get him involved in what’s going on,” Fedora said. “They have not released him fully yet, but we need to get him acclimated and get him involved in everything so that when he does get released, we can find out what he can do and how he can help this football team.”

Fedora’s spread offense primarily utilizes a one-back approach, which prompted many observers to wonder if Ramsay could actually find a role on this team, whether it be at his natural position or a different one. Fedora confirmed, however, that Ramsay will stay put in the offensive backfield.

“Yeah, he’s going to play fullback,” Fedora said. “As far as what we’ll do with him… We actually have a whole offense with two backs, so it just depends on how good he is and what he does.”

Regardless, Ramsay is working his way closer to being able to suit up for one last go-around.

“I think he’s real excited to get back, but we’ve got to be cautious and make sure that we’re going to have him for the entire season and not just for camp,” Fedora said.

** In case you’re wondering if Fedora’s strict policy on released injury information is still in effect, the answer is a resounding yes.

When asked how long sophomore receiver Reggie Wilkins will be out, Fedora responded: “I don’t know.”

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