Fedora Talks Tar Heels
Fedora, Otis
Fedora, Otis
Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 22, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Larry Fedora is typically not one to offer a wealth of insight into his roster. That was not the case at the 2013 ACC Kickoff on Monday, however, as the second-year UNC head coach provided unique prospective on a handful of Tar Heels.

In an attempt at brevity, we will allow Fedora to speak for himself.

Junior tight end Eric Ebron: “He’s going to give me 12 touchdowns, I can tell you that. I don’t know how many catches he’s going to get or how many yards, but he will have the opportunity to do those things. But more importantly for me, he’s going to give me 12 touchdowns. That’s mine. What he gets beyond that is up to him. In my opinion, he can be the best tight end in college football this next year. I think what we do offensively really takes advantage of big guys that are athletic like that. We’re going to get the ball in his hands and let him play.”

Senior left tackle James Hurst: “James is a quality player. He will be a leader on our offensive line. I’m close to saying he’s a great left tackle. He is one of the most intelligent tackles that I’ve ever had in 26 years. [Offensive line coach Chris] Kapilovic will tell you the same thing. James has got tremendous skills and I think James understands the importance for his future in the way he plays in that first game [against South Carolina]. He’ll be ready to go, I assure you.”

Sophomore wide receiver T.J. Thorpe: “There’s another kid that I’ve heard great things about. I can’t wait to see T.J. on the field… T.J. has worked extremely hard this year. He was in my office on Sunday, just dropped by to tell me how excited he was. He can’t wait to get out there. And I’m fired up about him because the kid’s got a great attitude… At the beginning of camp, we’ll probably limit him on reps just so we make sure everything is fine as we go and then he’s going to be turned loose somewhere midway through camp.”

Junior Bandit/defensive end Darius Lipford: “As of right now, my understanding is that he’s going to be released at the beginning of fall camp. I can’t wait to see Darius Lipford in a uniform and see him on the football field… He’s been learning the Bandit position. Obviously, he’s got the skills to also go over to defensive end. He’s one of the most gifted guys on our football team physically. The guy’s over a 400-pound bencher. They say he cleans over 375. He squats over 500 pounds. He was close to 11 feet in the broad jump from my understanding. He’s got like a 38-inch vertical. The guy is freakish when you’re talking about testing. He can run, he can hit. Right now he’s starting out at Bandit and we’ll see where he goes from there.”

On if sophomore wide receiver Quinshad Davis has a chance to catch 100 balls this year: “I don’t see why not. If he stays healthy, I think he’s very capable of doing that. I don’t see why we wouldn’t try to get the ball in his hands as many times as possible.”

Junior Bandit Norkeithus Otis: “If we lined up tomorrow, he would be [the starter at Bandit], yes. And he had a great spring. I was very, very pleased with Norkeithus Otis. Talking to our guys again, they think Norkeithus is maturing and really coming on as a football player. You hope he’s one of those players where the light’s come on. If that light comes on for him, he can be a spectacular player because he’s got all of the tools.”

Junior linebacker Travis Hughes: “Different guys learn at different rates. Travis just had more problems learning at the position. I think he feels more comfortable. I know there were times this spring where he turned it loose. You can watch him – that guy’s got a bunch of talent. He can run. He’s one of those water moccasin kind of guys. He’s quick; he can knock the crap out of you. He gets up and he didn’t even know he hit you hard. He brings the wood every time he lays a lick.”

Senior running back A.J. Blue: “The guy has some very good talent. Right now, if I had to grab one guy… Kevin Reddick was the heart and soul of the team last year. A.J. Blue has stepped into that role. He’s the guy that can cross over from offense to defense and guys are going to listen to him when he talks… He’s a power back. He’d just as well run through you than try to make you miss. When he drops his pads and punishes the tackler, he’s pretty special.”

True freshmen standouts: “Just talking to some of our kids, Desmond Lawrence I hear has been really impressive. Brian Walker has been really impressive. And I’m going to forget guys here, but Ryan Switzer, T.J. Logan have been really doing some nice things. Khris Francis, Mitch Trubisky and Lucas Crowley, the center, they say is doing some really nice things.”


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